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Pence pushes Japan for bilateral FTA

“Japan has insisted the new Trade Agreement on Goods would not be a wide-ranging free trade agreement, but U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has said he was aiming for a full free trade deal requiring approval by Congress.”

[Reuters]

Trade partners attack EU plan for post-Brexit import quotas

“London and Brussels came up with a joint plan last year that involved splitting up current EU quotas based on consumption patterns, meaning that the UK would take a larger quota for products such as New Zealand lamb, where it traditionally accounts for much of the EU demand.”

[Financial Times]

ASEAN trade leaders sign e-commerce agreement

“With the growing popularity of online shopping as technology becomes more advanced, the agreement also facilitates cooperation in the fields of information and communications technology, online consumer protection, legal and regulatory e-commerce frameworks, electronic payments and cybersecurity.”

[CNN]

India extends paperless export document processing nationwide

“The revenue department has decided to extend the facility of uploading digitally signed documents for all types of exports under Indian Customs EDI System (ICES) with a view to improve ease of doing business and promote paperless processing. The ICES is operational at 134 major customs locations handling nearly 98 per cent of India's international trade in terms of import and export consignments.”
[The Economic Times]

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