International Trade Forum

Magazine available in three languages focuses on trade development for developing and transition economics. It analyzes trends, opportunities, provides views from trade development experts and reports on International Trade Forum events and services.

Articles from No. 3, 2005

Boosting Market Access for Least Developed Countries
ITC encourages LDCs that are members of the WTO to tap into Market Access Map, its market analysis tool, free until September 2006.Least developed countries (LDCs) that are members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) can now benefit from free market...
Coffee Exporters Feel Effects of Hurricane Katrina
Exporters shipping coffee to New Orleans consulted ITC's Coffee Guide web site when the port was closed.Shortly after the port of New Orleans was forced to close due to Hurricane Katrina, exporters of coffee destined for the United States posted questions...
Dubai to Create New Export Development Centre
With trade accounting for about 17% of its gross domestic product, Dubai plans to work with ITC to set up an Export Development Centre to ensure the smooth development of its growing export sector.Fast-growing Dubai is a centre for trade in the region....
E-Management: Suppliers Become Closer Partners
When big buyers and their suppliers use information technology in the clothing business, it is more than just adding computers to conventional commerce. It usually means suppliers take on new responsibilities.TAL Apparel, a shirt maker in Hong Kong (China),...
Get Connected
Buyers are pushing clothing manufacturers to use information technology to speed up delivery, lower costs and improve services.Before rushing to invest in technology solutions, manufacturers should piece together the value chain "puzzle", from fabric...
Internet Auctions Promote Coffee Trade Development
Internet auctions for high-quality coffee help raise incomes for coffee producers and provide efficiency gains to buyers and sellers.Traditionally, many coffee producers didn't differentiate between high-quality and standard coffee, meaning they didn't...
ITC Helps Pakistan Prepare for Agriculture and Services Talks
Pakistani officials took part in training and networking events, organized by ITC, to help them in the ongoing Doha round of trade negotiations.ITC organized two seminars in June 2005 to prepare Pakistani trade officials to take part in the talks on...
It's a Buyer's Market
It's a buyer's market in the textiles and clothing industry. In today's post-quota world, let the seller beware! The industry has gone through fast and wrenching changes, especially in the last year.Under pressure from buyers, clothing suppliers are...
LatinPharma 2005 Leads to Millions of Dollars in Deals
ITC organized the fourth buyers-sellers meeting for LatinPharma, the Latin American pharmaceutical industry, in Santiago, Chile in September. Immediately after the meeting, participating firms reported they had concluded deals worth between US$ 8 million...
New Books and Technical Papers
Get Connected: E-applications in the textile and clothing sector166 pages. Study focusing on how developing country producers could successfully apply new e-applications and secure post-quota exports in light of changing nature of textile and clothing...
Reverse Auctions Sharpen Competition
Reverse Internet auctions put clothing manufacturers in competition with one another to offer buyers low prices. By teaming up with textile mills and trim suppliers, manufacturers can bid prices that won't wipe out their profit margins.In a move to cut...
Sourcing: A Must for Clothing Suppliers
For developing country suppliers, no other service may be more important than sourcing to compete in the post-2005 era.The elimination of quotas has changed the global clothing industry forever, raising the bar for suppliers. The facilities that were...
Standards Experts Agree Steps to Improve Market Access for Developing Countries
Standards experts recommended measures to help developing countries, so that standards on goods don't act as trade barriers.Experts on product standards from around the world met to discuss how to help developing countries overcome market access barriers...
The Challenges of Doha, Hong Kong and Beyond
While there are advantages and disadvantages for developing countries in the Doha round of trade talks, many are trying to make the global trading system work for them.The Doha round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is heading towards a critical...
Trade Development: Art or Science?
Many people now agree that there are clear links between trade and development. Yet the debate continues between those leaning towards a structured approach and those seeking a free rein for creativity in trade development.Last year ITC celebrated its...
Trade Forum Collection on E-Trade
The articles below are available from the Trade Forum web site at http://www.tradeforum.orgNational and business strategiesGet Connected (3/2005)Putting "E" to Work (3/2004)Putting "E" to Work (3/2003)National E-trade Strategies: Beyond Access (3/2003)Checklist...
"Yellow Jersey" for Kazakh Firm
An ITC project manager's enthusiasm for cycling led to a historic link between ASSOS, one of the biggest names in cyclists' clothing, and Textiline, a small, service-oriented Kazakh company. Together, they established the world's first line of "after-bike"...

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