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ITC publications bring the business voice to sustainable trade, with a focus on developing countries. We offer guidance for trade policymakers, business support organizations and small firms. Our reports offer insights to make trade more inclusive, green, digital and competitive.

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Case studies from Barbados, Ghana, India, Thailand and Malaysia (en) This guide is a showcase of successful public-private dialogue in developing countries. It demonstrates the value of business advocacy on trade policy issues featuring the Barbadian tourism industry, customs services in...

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This book, published in 15 versions and customized to meet the needs of 18 countries in eight languages, is a unique contribution to the field of export quality management. This second edition of the 2001 best-seller, Export Quality Management: An Answer Book for Small and Medium-Sized Exporters,...

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This report presents results of an ITC survey of over 500 businesses in Sri Lanka on their views regarding non-tariff measures and a national workshop to discuss the results. Enterprises in Sri Lanka report difficulties with a broad range of measures, in particular with technical testing,...

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Paper dealing with potential fiscal revenue losses in malaria endemic countries, resulting from elimination of import duties and tariffs on anti-malaria products (medicines for treating/preventing of malaria, diagnostic tests, mosquito nets, insecticides for indoor residual spraying, and pumps for...

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Paper focusing on specific non-tariff measures (NTMs) that could negatively affect the affordability and accessibility of anti-malarial commodities - introduces non-tariff measures and other obstacles to trade; present the results of a business-perception survey, conducted by ITC, on NTMs faced by...

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Cotton production is both a contributor to and a ‘victim’ of climate change. Agricultural production, processing, trade and consumption contribute up to 30% of the world’s emissions when forest clearance is included in the calculation. Cotton production contributes to between 0.3% and 1% of...

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This handbook produced jointly by ISO and ITC describes the role of quality in export competitiveness and its implications for developing country exporters and support institutions; considers the role of national standards bodies (NSBs) and that of trade promotion organizations (TPOs) in providing...

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China is the world’s top fruit and vegetable producer, with vegetable outputs alone totalling 49% of global output. The Chinese market for tropical fruits and vegetables is set to keep on growing at a steady pace in the near future. For least developed country exporters, this market represents...

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The sector for leather and leather products plays an important role in many of the poorest countries in Africa, and leather manufacturing can be a significant employment generator in a number of these countries. While leather imports into South Africa declined over five years to only US$ 109 million...

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The question of how standards impact trade is more relevant than ever. Against the background of a world economy that is global in scope and organization with economic activities being spread across national boundaries, the liberalization of trade has been one factor contributing to a policy shift...

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The coffee sector has a huge potential to contribute to poverty alleviation in East Africa, but the sector’s development is hampered by a lack of savings and credit facilities. Moreover, women’s access to financial services is even more restricted than that of men, and most women in rural areas...

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The clothing industry can be an important employment generator for many African countries. Clothing imports into South Africa rose over a five-year period to US$ 1.1 billion in 2009, making it the world’s twenty-fifth largest importer of this product group. Most imports were from Asia. However,...

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