APEC’s Economic Committee Strongly Favors the Apostille Conventions

After attending the workshop on the benefits of adopting the Apostille Convention, USA representative for APEC observed that APEC’s Economic Committee clearly favors full participation in the Hague Apostille Convention.   This is because the committee believes that the adoption of the Hague Apostille will positively strengthen the EoDB (Easy of Doing Business) program, promote international connectivity, and fall in line with APEC’s broader goals of liberalizing international trade and … [Read more...]

Paraguay finally accepts the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention

Over fifty years after the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"), Paraguay officially adopted the Apostille Convention and has deposited its instrument of acceptance on December 10th, 2013.  However, the Hague Convention will not come into effect until 30 August 2014 for Paraguay. … [Read more...]

The International Chamber of Commerce Urges Countries to Ratify Apostille Convention

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has urged countries to ratify the  Apostille Convention for simplified certification of international documents.  International shipping of goods require significant paperwork whose origin often require authenticating by third parties and foreign officials.  The Apostille treaty replaces the lengthy and expensive process of legalizing documents that are often involved in a chain of certificates.  The Apostille cuts through a country of origin's red … [Read more...]

APEC Member Economies Show Support for Apostille Convention Following Workshop

In June 2013, the APEC Committee and the Asia Pacific Regional Office of the Hague Conference sponsored the Department of Justice of Hong Kong to host a workshop on the Apostille Convention for representatives of Member Economies of APEC.  During the workshop, members learned about the benefits of adopting the Apostille Convention.  Mainly, adopting the Apostille Convention will boost the effectiveness of APEC’s current initiative, the EoDB (Easy of Doing Business).  This program will improve by … [Read more...]

Excellent Turnout at Apostille Convention Meeting on the Practical Operation of the Apostille Convention

The third meeting of the Apostille Convention’s Special Commission on the practical operation of the Hague Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents was held during November 6~9, 2012. Over 160 experts from 75 States and international organizations attended the meeting. Of all conventions ratified by the Hague Convention, the Apostille Convention has been the most widely ratified (with 104 Contracting States). This is mainly due to Apostille’s … [Read more...]

Uruguay Joins the Apostille Convention

Following in the footsteps of Oman and Uzbekistan is Uruguay, which filed its instrument of accession on February 9, 2012, and became the 103rd Contracting State of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention becomes effective starting on October 14, 2012.  Georgia Apostilles will be available at this time. … [Read more...]