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  • The advent of the Single European Market in January 1993 represents an important landmark in the history of international trade. The European Community (EC) is a major trading partner of Commonwealth developing countries which have traditional economic ties with member states and enjoy special access to the EC market. Any changes in the marketing environment in the EC resulting from the harmonisation of product standards, common product liability rules, environment and consumer protection policies, and in health and safety requirements, will therefore have profound implications on the trade of Commonwealth developing countries.