IOFI in Colombia: IFEAT Conference

Sep 24, 2018
IOFI Executive Director Sven Ballschmiede participated in the annual conference of the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT) in Cartagena, Colombia last week

According to Raúl Amigo, IFEAT’s Cartagena conference chairman, the theme for the five-day event was “ ‘Las Americas’ (focusing) on essential oils and F&F markets in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Amazon.” The gathering also covered legislative and scientific issues for the sector. 

Ballschmiede was the initial speaker for Regulatory & Legislative Developments session on September 11. With his topic “Global Trade – Quo Vadis?” he took participants through the evolution of multilateral trade, from early trans-national relationships in the Middle Ages through to modern day agreements that govern the trade in goods. He provided some case studies on recent tariff & trade issues affecting the flavor industry and explained the goals and status of the global harmonization of regulations governing flavorings.