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India delays imposition of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods until Dec. 17

“Angered by Washington’s refusal to exempt it from new steel and aluminium tariffs, New Delhi decided in June to raise the import tax from Aug. 4 on some U.S. products, including almonds, walnuts and apples. The Indian government later delayed imposing the tax until Sept. 18 and then again until Nov. 2.”

[Reuters]

EU set to negotiate better market access for U.S. beef
“The review is likely to result in a country-specific allocation for the US as over time other countries – chiefly Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, and New Zealand – have exported to the EU under this quota and as a result reduced access for US beef. … After further pressure from the US, the EU has agreed a mandate to ring-fence a reported 35,000 tonnes of the quota specifically for US product.”

[Farming Life]

UAE launches unified national customs strategy

“The strategy includes one vision and mission, and five institutional values that the national customs sector and local customs departments must aim to achieve through five strategic goals, which will involve 26 initiatives and 68 activities that will be measured by 18 indexes. … [T]he strategy will not include any new customs fees or a raise in any current fees, and will not affect the collection of customs fees and revenues, since local departments that currently collect these fees will continue to do so.”

[TradeArabia]

Ocean carriers, terminals initiate blockchain group

“The platform will be designed to establish a digital baseline that aims to connect all stakeholders, including carriers, terminal operators, customs agencies, shippers and logistics service providers to enable collaborative innovation and digital transformation in the supply chain.”

[American Shipper]

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