Banana Festival at Port of HuenemePort of Hueneme Hosts 2nd Annual Banana Festival – The Port of Hueneme hosted their “2nd Annual Banana Festival, A Celebration of a Diverse Working Port” on Saturday, September 28th. The City of Port Hueneme, Chiquita and Del Monte were the largest sponsors of the event and gave away thousands of bananas, the port’s largest import.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Comes into Effect – On October 1st, the European Union (EU)-Central America Association Agreement came into effect and removed trade barriers between the EU, Costa Rica and El Salvador. The agreement aims to support economic growth, democracy and political stability in Central America.

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Rwanda’s New Customs Tax Policy – Rwanda will implement a new single customs tax policy by the end of October. The new policy is aimed at facilitating clearance of goods at the first point of entry and speeding up assessment and revenue collection.

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EU Launches Research Project – The European Research Project has been launched to help increase efficiencies in regulation compliance and enforcement for the maritime sector. The three year project closely aligns with the European Union e-Maritime initiative of which a key priority is supporting authorities and shipping operators to collaborate electronically in regulatory information management.

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