| About PSC
The Palestinian Shippers' Council (PSC) was established as an independent, non- for profit organization that represents the interests of Palestinian Shippers, importers and exporters, in addition to local industries as the end-users of maritime shipping, air freight and land transportation.
| In this Issue:
• PSC Activities
• The Training Unit Activities
• The Technical Support Unit Services
• The Legal Unit Activities
• The Legal Units’ Future Activities
| Training Unit Activities
PSC is getting ready to launch Diploma, in May 2014. As part of the PSC’s ToT program the PSC conducted a training program on “Incoterms” to equip trainers with a solid and practical background about the international shipping terms, how to use them properly, how to deliver trainings on incoterms, and answer any inquiries from future trainees.
The training workshop introduced International Commercial Terms (Incoterms), transfer responsibilities including the transfer of risk, obligations, and division of costs; in addition to applications and case studies.
Moreover PSC conducted a Customs ToT, which introduced the domestic customs and related regulations, along with practical information on relevant procedures and applications.
Legal Unit Activities
“Dual-Use” Goods Workshop
The Palestinian Shippers’ Council Legal Unit, took part of a workshop about the import of goods that fall under the Dual-Use category, and presented the legal requirements and procedures needed to import such goods, in addition to the appeal process in case of denial or delay in issuing the import permit for such goods.
The Palestinian Shippers’ Councils’ Legal Unit took part in drafting new regulations of the road transportation of goods under the supervision of the Palestinian Ministry of Transportation.
The Legal Unit is working on publishing a new manual about the import of goods that fall under the Dual-Use category, in order to help the shippers understand the whole process of importing such goods.
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Technical Support Unit Activities
Import Regulations for the Electronics and ICT sector
The PSC held a training workshop in collaboration with Palestinian Information Technology Association of Companies (PITA), on Import regulations for the Electronics and the ICT sector.
The workshop aimed to provide the participants with the proper knowledge needed to comply with trade rules and regulations, and maintain a smooth and cost effective import process.
The participants were given the chance to discuss their experiences and inquiries, and were satisfied with the presented information and discussions.
The Palestinian Shippers Council held a training workshop on the Interpretation & Application of Incoterms® 2010; since the Palestinian Shippers, both importers and exporters, usually use INCOTERMS for the perpose of importing and exporting with other parties such as international importers and exporters, service suppliers, customers, banks, insurance companies, and consumers; and these shippers are increasingly involved in negotiating and signing contracts, therefore their lack of basic knowledge of INCOTERMS skills would have substantial consequences, including excessive legal costs, delays, and unacceptable risks.
The course was delivered by "Jonathan Walden” an expert in incoterms, and a member of INCOTERMS 2010 review committee, which contributed to review the terms of international trade for the year 2000 and developed the new version in 2010, and has experience of thirty years in International Trade and Logistics, in addition to his specialization in Trade Facilitation, Export Competitiveness, International Affairs Logistics, Customs, Trade Finance, and Import and Export procedures.
Visit to Ashdod Port
The overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Palestine during March 2014 decreased by 0.06% compared with February 2014 (decreased by 0.15% in the West Bank, and by 0.08% in Gaza Strip, while it increased by 0.26% in Jerusalem.**
**Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics