Trade & investment

New ICC business guide demystifies international trade agreements

  • 28 November 2017
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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the world business organization, has released the first volume of Business Guide to Trade and Investment, a nuts and bolts business tool edited by trade lawyers Arthur Appleton and Patrick Macrory.

Edited by Arthur Appleton and Patrick Macrory
Edited by Arthur Appleton and Patrick Macrory

From the rebirth of the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the withdrawal of the United States (US) to Britain’s on-going quest to strike its own trade deals following Brexit to current renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, global trade continues to dominate news headlines. Now more than ever, it is vital that businesses understand how to make the most of international trade agreements.

While each is different, the ways in which businesses can use them are common. As such, they need to be able to recognise the position they occupy with regard to global trade, as trade agreements are likely to impact costs and the ability to deliver to customers and clients.

This essential guide aims to help businesses easily navigate the intricate and ever-changing trade and investment landscape, and gain a deeper understanding of the world’s major trade pacts. Mr Macrory said: “[The book] is primarily aimed at business. The idea is to guide businesses through the trade agreements and how they can take advantage of them. In the case of trade, if they are facing obstacles that are exports, the system may enable them to get rid of those obstacles or if an industry is facing severe competition from imports, the system also gives them ways of getting relief.”

Comprising a brief history of the world trading system, an outline of how industries can obtain relief from imports causing them harm, and an overview of government procurements, this informative handbook offers business leaders 13 chapters of unique insights. Written by practising lawyers, the guide endeavours to help them take the helm in pursuit of global economic growth and prosperity.

Commenting on the publication, contributor and founder of The Evian Group Jean-Pierre Lehmann said: “It is my hope that this book plays a small part in spurring a revolution in business leadership. The [contributors] have worked hard to simplify the complex and technical subjects of trade and investment to make them more accessible…They have provided a sound introduction to the most important trade concepts.”

To connect theory to practice, case studies are also included. Three illustrate how the World Trade Organization’s dispute resolution system was used to remove trade barriers for US livestock importers, Indian cotton-type bed linen imports and the alcoholic beverage market and a fourth showcasing how large and organised industries, such as US and Canadian lumber, can use trade remedy laws to inhibit trade and protect their interests.

The “Business Guide to Trade and Investment” is available for purchase at the ICC Knowledge 2 GO.