February 23, 2012

CLDP Celebrates 20 years!

Begun as a small joint venture between USAID and Commerce to help the Former Soviet Bloc countries of Eastern Europe transition to more market-oriented economies, CLDP has expanded to help meet the legal technical assistance needs of more than 50 countries in Eurasia, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. On February 23rd, CLDP celebrated 20 years of technical assistance in commercial law.

January 11, 2012 - January 19, 2012

U.S.-Omani Customs Cooperation on Advance Rulings Systems

Since the signing of the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement, CLDP has been providing technical assistance to Oman to meet imminent obligations under the FTA.  Under the second phase of a program to support Oman's efforts to develop an Advance Rulings system for customs inquiries,  9 officials from the Royal Omani Police Directorate General of Customs participated in consultations in the U.S. from January 11 - 19, 2012.

October 31, 2011 - November 4, 2011

Second Workshop for State Customs Service of Ukraine: Specific Issues in Customs Valuation and Procedures

As part of its continued collaboration with the State Customs Service of Ukraine, CLDP conducted the second of a series of workshops on specific issues and procedures in customs valuation on October 31-November 4, 2011 in Kyiv.

October 26, 2011 - October 28, 2011

Eurasia IP Customs Enforcement and Coordination Workshop

CLDP held a Eurasia Intellectual Property Customs Enforcement and Coordination Workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia on October 26 – 28, 2011. The 3-day program brought together customs officials from Armenia, Georgia and Turkey for interactive sessions and presentations on enforcement of IPR, counterfeit product identification, investigation of IP infringing goods, and methods of coordination among the various customs officials.

September 23, 2011

Ukraine: Legislation on counterfeit medicines approved by Rada

CLDP is pleased to announce the successful adoption of a Ukrainian law establishing deterrent level penalties for the production and distribution of counterfeit medicines. 

June 20, 2011 - June 24, 2011

Ukraine: Workshop on Valuation and Classification for the State Customs Service of Ukraine

CLDP, in continued collaboration with the State Customs Service of Ukraine,  conducted the first in a series of workshops on customs valuation and classification.  The program aimed to train a cadre of trainers and officials from the State Customs Service of Ukraine and worked to ensure that the customs valuation and classification process is fair, harmonized, and transparent and meets the requirements of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement.

February 19, 2011 - February 22, 2011

Compliance with the US-Oman Free Trade Agreement

During this first phase of the planned three phase Advance Rulings program, CLDP and US Customs experts traveled to Oman and met with Omani Customs officials from February 19-22 to explain the obligations under Article 5.10 (Advance Rulings).

September 28, 2010 - September 29, 2010

Customs Workshop on Rule of Origian under the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement

CLDP, jointly with two experts from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, led a two day workshop in Rabat on Rules of Origin September 28-29, 2010, ensuring that the benefits of preferential tariff treatment under the agreement apply to Moroccan and U.S. goods eligible for such treatment.

June 13, 2010 - June 15, 2010

U.S.-Bahrain FTA Customs Advance Rulings Consultations

Working toward compliance with the US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement, ten Bahraini customs officials met met with two experts from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for consultations focussing on the procedures surrounding advance rulings.

September 28, 2009 - October 1, 2009

Training Session on the obligations under the Rules of Origin and Customs Administration Chapters of the FTA

A delegation of Customs officials from the Kingdom of Bahrain was in Washington, DC the week of September 28, 2009, participating in consultations with experts from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the private sector.