01 Dec 2023

America’s Tech Leadership at Risk: A Call for Renewed Commitment

America’s once-unquestioned dominance in technological innovation is facing a serious challenge. The recent withdrawal of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) from key digital trade proposals at the World Trade Organization raises alarming questions about our commitment to maintaining this leadership position. This decision is not just a missed economic opportunity; it’s a strategic blunder with […]

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11 Nov 2023

Belgium to Increase Container Scanning Using AI to Combat Drug Smuggling

Belgian authorities are planning to increase container scanning using artificial intelligence (AI) at its ports, focusing on shipments from high-risk areas like Latin America to combat drug smuggling. Currently, only 5% of containers entering the country’s ports are scanned, according to Belgium’s customs chief, Kristian Vanderwaeren. The measure is part of a broader effort to […]

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15 Oct 2023

China’s Global Shipping Network: A Tool for Surveillance and Control

Beijing’s global maritime operations double as intelligence-gathering outposts. Introduction: Maritime trade, which accounts for ninety percent of global trade, plays a pivotal role in connecting markets worldwide. However, its vulnerability to disruptions, whether due to pandemics, port congestion, or shipping incidents, underscores the need for safeguarding this critical sector. Unlike traditional naval embargoes, modern warfare […]

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10 Oct 2023

Cloud Computing: The Key to a More Efficient and Effective Air Cargo Industry

Here’s why utilizing a cloud-based solution is not only the most advanced but also the most secure way of integrating and operating within the air cargo landscape. Introduction: In the rapidly evolving landscape of global trade and logistics, the air cargo industry stands as a linchpin. To meet the demands of this dynamic sector, innovative […]

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15 Jul 2023

Yellen Raises China’s Hopes for Tariff Cuts, but US Politics Could Dash Them

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s visit to China has sparked optimism in Beijing that the Trump-era tariffs on Chinese imports could see some alleviation as she endeavors to improve relations between the two countries. However, the presence of robust anti-China sentiment within the US may pose significant obstacles to the realization of such tariff cuts. […]

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22 Apr 2023

Request for Enhanced Data Protection for Online Booking by Shippers and Forwarders

  The Global Shippers Forum and forwarder group Fiata have created a Charter for Protection and Governance of Data in International Trade as part of efforts to improve data protection for online booking and trading. The charter sets out the minimum arrangements for data security and confidentiality that providers and operators of digital booking and trading […]

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