EXPORT BRIEFS

EXPORT BRIEFS

JAPANESE TO SPEED UP

PROCEDURES FOR IMPORTSThe Japanese government has begun work on devising specific measures to simplify and speed up import procedures, a step it pledged in trade talks with the United States, officials said Tuesday.

The officials said talks are now under way among the ministries concerned to review import-related laws and regulations so as to eliminate alleged obstacles to imports.

In ongoing talks aimed at removing so-called structural impediments to trade, Tokyo has promised it will take action to facilitate the import of U.S. products, including moves to establish around-the-clock customs clearance.

CALIF. HEARING SET

ON GATT FARM TALKS

SAN FRANCISCO - The California State World Trade Commission said it will be holding a public hearing Thursday on agricultural trade negotiations in the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the Geneva-based body that governs most world trade.

The United States has been working with over 100 nations in the GATT negotiations to reform the rules of agricultural trade. The four-year negotiations are scheduled to end in December.

"California's $16 billion farm industry earns over $4 billion exporting to foreign markets," said Gregory Mignano, commission director, in a published statement. "These trade talks are crucial to our competitive outlook."

The hearing will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Vintage Inn in Yountville, Calif. For information, contact the commission's agricultural manager, Anne Chadwick, at (916) 324-5511.