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, 2010

A Unique Approach FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
IEC Standards and Conformity AssessmentInternational trade in electrical and electronic products is becoming increasingly competitive, As technologies evolve rapidly, safety, reliability and performance must keep pace. This is equally true for companies...
Challenges in AGRO-FOOD EXPORTS
Building the quality infrastructureMany developing countries are ill equipped to take advantage of the opportunities provided by trade. Weak infrastructure, lack of capacity and the inability to meet technical product specifications and stringent requirements...
Closing THE GAP
Quality and standards in ethical supply chainsGap Inc. is one of the world's largest clothing retailers. It is also an industry leader in ethical sourcing and supply chain management through a social responsibility programme that advocates human rights...
Ethical FASHION
Quality control in Africa Community ProjectsIn East Africa, an ITC Ethical Fashion project is demonstrating that international quality and standards can be met, even in the most remote and impoverished communities.Created for Italy's largest retail chain,...
Export Quality MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
ITC overcoming technical barriers to tradeQuality is a prerequisite for successful market access and increasing revenues from export, but meeting technical requirements in the international marketplace is a challenge for many exporters. According to...
Fairtrade NEW BUSINESS MODEL
Taps markets in the SouthWith the emergence of new markets in the South, Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International's standards are adapting to become more than a doorway to export markets in the North.With the continuing shift in economic activity...
Forum Letter
In this issue of International Trade Forum, we address the need for exporters from developing countries to conform to international standards as a prerequisite for entering new markets - whether they be in the North or the South. ITC believes this is...
Global STANDARDS
Sweeten sugar for buyersWith biofuels becoming more prominent on the global market, production is being expanded in Brazil, Asia and Africa, This expansion has environmental groups concerned that sugar cane's environmental impact - deforestation, the...
Global Supply CHAINS
The role of international standards and conformity assessmentAs global supply chains continue to grow, the international accreditation network, underpinned by intemationally agreed standards, plays an essential role in the support of competitive markets...
ISO 26000 Putting Social Responsibility to Work
Recognition of the need for more ethically responsible business practices has seen the emergence of a strong global movement to embrace and promote the concept of social responsibility (SR). Although initially focusing on adoption by business and requiring...
Non-Tariff Measures & TECHNICAL REGULATIONS
The challenges of compliance for exportersA three-year ITC survey across 30 countries is seeking to identify and understand the major obstacles to trade faced by export businesses in meeting non-tariff measures (NTMs) and technical regulations.Exporters...
Pre-Packaged GOODS
Product quantity certification schemePre-packaged commodities are estimated to account for more than 75% of the total value of traded commodities worldwide. However, exports of many prepackaged consumer products from developing countries are often hampered...
Quality A PREREQUISITE FOR EXPORTS
Increasing complexity of technical requirements in export marketsExporters from developing countries are increasingly feeling the pressure to conform to international standards if hey are to enter successfully developed country markets. Much has been...
Standards & Trade DEVELOPMENT FACILITY
A collaborative approach to strengthen sanitary and phytosanitary capacityDespite the potential for trade in food and agricultural products to generate economic growth and reduce poverty in developing countries, meeting food safety, animal and plant...
The SPS AGREEMENT
WTO agreement on the application of sanitary and phytosanitary measuresAlthough import duties on many agricultural products have been dropped or waived as part of preferential trading agreements, farmers in developing countries are facing new challenges...
Voluntary Standards IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
The potential of voluntary standards and their role in international tradeThe importance of voluntary standards has grown in recent years, contributing to higher growth rates in international trade, especially in agricultural products, than achieved...

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