Magazine article International Trade Forum

Did You Know about ... ITC's Export Packaging Bulletins

Magazine article International Trade Forum

Did You Know about ... ITC's Export Packaging Bulletins

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ITC's Export Packaging Advisory Service regularly issues bulletins for developing country exporters on legislative guidelines, trade fairs, key information sources and other relevant packaging topics. Most of these bulletins are available in English, French and Spanish. They provide short overviews on one specific packaging aspect, as a complement to ITC's export packaging-related manuals (see the ITC Selected Publications list, page 39).

Over the last few years, ITC's work in export packaging has ranged from coverage of health and safety issues to waste management, trade regulations and labelling requirements - all topics of current interest to exporters of packaged products from developing countries. In developing its information bulletins, ITC relies on its library of packaging materials, which is one of the world's most comprehensive. The PACKDATA database, which registers books, reports and articles, has 5000 records and was begun in 1983. Its newest bulletin (spring 1999) is the PACKDATA Awareness Bulletin, which lists relevant technical and commercial publications, along with short abstracts.

Recent ITC Packaging Bulletins

To show the range of topics covered, packaging bulletins issued in the last two years are listed below (see the end of this article for information on ordering these and other packaging publications).

Export Packaging Notes

Calendar of selected exhibitions on packaging and related subjects (No. 11.22)

Regularly updated, computerized information in English on forthcoming packaging exhibitions and conferences.

ISO standards relevant to testing of packaging and packaging materials (No. 34.2)

This lists many ISO standards related to packaging and packaging materials. List of selected European Union Directives for certain products, packaging, labelling, consumer protection and environmental legislation (No. 31.6)

This gives an overview of the European Union Directives concerning packaging and related subjects. European Union Directives, once adopted, override the national legislation of Member States of the European Union.

Packdata Factsheets

Current Municipal Waste Management Situation in Mumbai, India (No. 44)

Packaging Legislation of Sweden and its Potential Impact on Export Packaging from Developing Countries (No. 45)

Waste Management Situation in hree Asian Countries (No. 46)

Packaging Legislation of Ireland and its Potential Impact on Export Packaging from Developing Countries (No. …

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