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    ITC updates popular coffee guide


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 4/2002

    The guide's key author, Jan van Hilten, former Chairman of the Mild Coffee Trade Association of Eastern Africa and M. Scholer presented the guide to about 150 coffee professionals in London.

    ITC launched a newly updated version of one of its most popular publications, Coffee - An exporter's guide, at the International Coffee Organization's annual meeting (London, September 2002).

    The guide emphasizes trade practices relevant to exporters in coffee-producing countries, but is also of interest to coffee producers, coffee authorities, importers, commercial banks, customs authorities and shipping companies. It reviews the international coffee standard contracts (Europe and the United States) and provides detailed information on other legal and financial aspects of the coffee trade.

    The guide contains statistics and analysis for both producing and consuming countries. It also covers new trends in the coffee trade: electronic commerce, niche markets, organic and fair trade labelling, codes of conduct and environmental issues. The guide comes with a bookmark listing useful web site addresses for the coffee sector.

    For more information, contact Morten Scholer, ITC Senior Market Development Adviser, at scholer@intracen.org