TEPA Newsletter – June/July 2017

Music Business Course For The Export Market

The Saint Lucia Coalition of Service Industries (SLCSI) in collaboration with TEPA on July 27 launched its inaugural Business of Music online course under the theme “Enhancing Capacity for Music Exports”. Designed by regionally acclaimed Jamaican Entertainment Lawyer, this course will target music  … Read More…

A Letter From Burton Agnes Jazz…

I very much appreciated all the kind toasts made at the end of yesterday, and the opportunity to return our thanks and thoughts. I will add here a thank you for the wonderful musical performances, artwork and all round infectious spirit of Saint Lucia that everyone bought to Burton Agnes Hall… Read More…

ASK Anthony

Question: What is the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)?


The EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) is designed to support developing

countries export to the European Union (EU) and so facilitate their integration into International markets. This is done by reducing tariffs for their goods when entering the European market. It is a unilateral measure by the EU: there is no expectation or requirement that this access is reciprocated by the countries concerned. It is based on clearly defined rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).


The EU has applied a GSP scheme since 1971. The scheme has been revised several times to reflect evolutions in international trade and development patterns.



EU food labelling rules ensure that consumers receive the information they need to make an informed choice when purchasing food or drinks. To help them choose, labels must carry certain information, namely:

  • The name under which the product is sold. The name should be a customary name or description of the food or beverage. A trademark, brand name or fancy name can be used, but the label must also give the generic name of the product, which describes its nature. The physical condition or specific treatment it has undergone must also be included if its omission could be misleading for consumers.
  • The net quantity (weight, volume).
  • Any special conditions for storage or use.
  • The name or business name and address of the manufacturer, packager or importer established in the EU.
  • Place of origin or provenance, where failure to give such particulars might mislead the consumer
  • Presence of substances known for their ability to spark allergic reactions and intolerances should be always stated.
  • Lot marking with the marking preceded by the letter ‘L’ to enable tracing.
  • This information must appear on the bottle or on a label on the package.

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