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After becoming a member of Basel Convention in 2010, Lao PDR had issued an Instruction on the Management of Hazardous Waste, No. 0744/MoNRE, dated 11 February 2015 to improve understanding of public and private sector on the management of import, export, transit, maintenance, use, re-use, and disposal of hazardous waste. The Instruction is based on the Environment Protection Law No. 029NA, dated 18 December 2012 which bans the import, export, transit, contribute, maintain, use, re-use and disposal of hazardous waste in Lao PDR’s territory without permission....Read
The Prime Minister of the Lao PDR issues an Order on Enhancing Strictness on the Management and Inspection of Timber Exploitation, Timber Movement and Timber Business No. 15/PM dated 13 May 2016 which strictly ban the export of timbers exploited from natural forest of Laos. The timber for export shall be processed according to the Decision No. 2005/MoIC.DOIH. Furthermore, the Order also bans illegal wood and forestry product from aboard to transit through Lao PDR territory to third country....Read
Ministry of Industry and Commerce issues an Instruction on the Guidance to use the Revised Import and Export License Form No. 1535/DIMEX.IEM, dated 10 May 2016 to introduce the use of the revised import and export license form according to the Notification on the promulgation of the revised import-export license form No. 0472/MoIC.DIMEX, dated 10 March 2016 for the conformity use of the form nationwide....Read
On 19 May 2016, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GIZ to receive support for the implementation of ASEAN food standards in Lao PDR. The improvement of food standards will not only benefit to the health of Lao people but also boost Lao food to regional or international market....Read
The new Philippines government will ban private traders from importing rice and cease smuggling of the cereal into the Philippines, in order to protect local farmers. The future rice import of the Philippines tends to be in government-to-government deal....Read
Trade Facilitation Secretariat (TFS) organized Trade Facilitation Review meeting for 06 Northern Provinces on 19-20 May 2016 at Mittaphaph Hotel, Oudomxay Province which was co-chaired by Mme. Bansaty Thepphavong, Director-General of Department of Import and Export, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Mr. Khamphao Silisouk, Director-General of Industry and Commerce Department, Oudomxay Province. Total number of 70 participants of this meetings are representatives from Governor’s Office, Department of Industry and Commerce, Department of Customs, Department of Agricultural and Forestry, Department of Health, Department of Public Works and Transportation, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and private sectors from 06 northern provinces....Read