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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Cocoa is probably best known today as the raw material for chocolate, which uses approximately 90% of the world’s cocoa production. On average, around 3 million tons of cocoa beans are produced each year. In the second half of the 1990s, cocoa-producing countries generated an income of more than US$ 3 billion annually from exports of cocoa beans and cocoa-based products.

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