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Joint cargo inspection opens at Texas port of entry

“CBP Officers at the Pharr LPOE can now work alongside Mexican Customs Officers to concurrently perform secondary inspections on imports as part of the UCP program. This joint processing will expedite the inspection process, reducing wait times and increasing throughput at the Pharr LPOE.”

[CBP]

Japan and U.K. begin trade negotiations with eye on deal this year

“The countries will build on an existing Japan-European Union deal, with Tokyo looking to scrap auto tariffs while London has said it wants benefits for its financial services and textile industries.”

[Japan Times]

Vietnam inks new free trade deal with European Union

“Vietnam will slash 99 per cent of its import duties over 10 years and the EU will do the same over seven years under the pact. The agreement curbs non-tariff barriers and opens up public procurement.”

[Brisbane Times]

U.S., China ask India to roll back telecom tariffs

“India argued that items such as telephone sets, including telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks, transmission apparatus for radio-broadcasting or television, television cameras, digital cameras and video camera recorders and microphones, loudspeakers, headphones and earphones, among others were not covered under WTO's Information Technology Agreement (ITA) as these did not exist in 1996 and the tariff lines were not included in the pact.”

[Hindu Business Line]

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