A Guide to Trade Practices

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This Guide describes trade and industry practices, as well as regulations applying to cocoa. It discusses customs procedures; systems and techniques used at each stage of the cocoa supply chain; trends in cocoa manufacturing and processing; electronic commerce; cocoa organic farming; fair trade; sustainable production; and environmental issues. It also provides a list of main sector-related trade and industry associations; and appendices that contain detailed statistical data and list of relevant Internet websites.

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New initiatives

There are some strong initiatives and trends in food production and the environment, usually driven by public concerns, which the cocoa trade and industry should be aware of. These trends may present both obstacles and opportunities for producers and traders in the future. Two of the most actively supported at present are briefly described below. More details of these and other initiatives are available from the various organizations mentioned in this guide.

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