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US Commerce finds dumping, subsidization of imports of Chinese aluminum foil

US Commerce finds dumping, subsidization of imports of Chinese aluminum foil

Feb. 28 | The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced the affirmative final determinations in the anti-dumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of aluminum foil from China. “This determination and investigation have no bearing...

Shipping outlook positive but not risk-free—report

Shipping outlook positive but not risk-free—report

Feb. 27 | Most shipping markets including container shipping are forecast a positive outlook for 2018, but the complex and nuanced trading conditions ahead can quickly derail the recovery, according to research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International...

Vietnam files WTO complaint over US seafood import measures

Vietnam files WTO complaint over US seafood import measures

Feb. 27 | The Vietnamese government has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) consultations with the United States regarding U.S. measures relating to the inspection, marketing and labeling of Pangasius fish from Vietnam. In its request dated February 22 and...

Thailand’s economy, exports made strong push in 2017

Thailand’s economy, exports made strong push in 2017

Feb. 26 | The economy of Thailand posted the strongest growth in five years in 2017 and is expected to maintain a strong outlook this year, driven by tourism as well as exports, which logged a new record in six years. Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew...

ASEAN tackles draft regional guideline for SPS measures

ASEAN tackles draft regional guideline for SPS measures

Feb. 26 | The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is working to fast-track crafting of a draft regional guideline for implementing sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in the region. Around 48 officials from relevant agencies in ASEAN member states...

Indonesia to postpone new shipping regulation?

Indonesia to postpone new shipping regulation?

Feb. 26 | The Indonesian government has reportedly decided to postpone implementing a new regulation that requires all domestic coal, palm oil, and rice exporters to use ships that are owned by local sea shipping companies and orders them to use domestic insurance. This...

North Harbor operating system switch causes delays; operator to waive storage fees

North Harbor operating system switch causes delays; operator to waive storage fees

Feb. 25 | At the North Harbor terminal office from late last week showing a buildup of people supposedly caused by Manila North Harbour Port Inc’s switch to an automated terminal operating system. The transition has caused delays in the process acceptance/receipt...

BOC orders faster disposition of overstaying cargoes

BOC orders faster disposition of overstaying cargoes

Feb. 25 | The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has taken steps to hasten the disposition of overstaying cargoes in ports, mainly through public auction. In a memorandum dated February 15, Port Operations Service officer-in-charge director Atty. Romalino Valdez,...

BOC orders ports to set up unit to verify FTA tariff application

BOC orders ports to set up unit to verify FTA tariff application

Feb. 25 | The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has reiterated its directive for its officials to establish, activate, or reconstitute a preferential rate unit (PRU) in their ports to prevent unqualified shipments from availing of tariff preferences under the...

PPA order sets formula for cargo-handling tariff adjustment

PPA order sets formula for cargo-handling tariff adjustment

Feb. 25 | The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is prescribing a standard formula for cargo-handling (CH) tariff adjustment. Among other provisions, PPA Administrative Order (AO) 02-2018 signed by PPA general manager Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago and effective on March...
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