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First it was three years, now it’s three months. The Senate’s attempt to pass a multiyear highway bill ran off the road this week after House Republicans announced they will adjourn one day early for the month-long August...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of additional months of funding for transportation projects under a $8 billion bill introduced late last night in the House. Notably — as anyone on Sesame Street could tell you — the number 5 is not the same as the...more

Latest Developments in the Ongoing UPS Class Action

A recent decision of the Divisional Court, in which Bennett Jones and its co-counsel acted for the class, held that whether brokerage fees charged by UPS to customers receiving deliveries in Canada are unsolicited is an...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 68,000. The estimated number of vehicles that traverse the Memorial Bridge between Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C., each day—now with increasingly frustrated drivers stuck in snarled traffic after two...more

Tax Planning for International Transportation Income

According to the most recent estimates, the quantity of goods carried by containers has risen from around 100 million metric tons in 1980 to about 1.5 billion metric tons in 2012. Out of these numbers, one container in every...more

EU General Court Upholds Finding of Irish Airline Tax as State Aid but Annuls Recovery Decision

In the parallel judgments T-473/12 and T-500/12 handed down on 5th February 2015, the EU General Court upheld the European’s Commission’s finding that the Irish airline tax constituted State aid. The Court confirmed that the...more

Taxing Times for International Shippers Operating in the PRC

1 August 2014 marked the implementation date for the PRC’s new “Provisional Measures on the Collection of Tax on Non-Resident Taxpayers Engaged in International Transportation Business” 2014 No. 37 Notice. This Notice likely...more

Energy Newsletter - August 2014

In This Issue: - Fifth Circuit Reins In Trend of Expanding ESA Liability for Remote Harm - Japan's Pivotal Role in the Global LNG Industry's 50-Year History - Government of Greece to Launch New Licensing...more

Greek Tonnage Tax Imposed On Foreign-Flagged Vessels

Greece has finally imposed a tonnage tax on foreign-flagged vessels operated by shipping companies in Greece. It already had been taxing Greek-flagged ships, and the nation’s debt crisis left the government with no other...more

Italy Tax Update - June 2013: Law Decree N. 179 Dated 18 October 2012: Recent Clarifications Given By The Tax Authorities

In a recent position (n. 12/E dated May 3, 2013) Tax Authorities dealt again with the amendments made by Law Decree n. 179/2012 with reference to the international transports taxation. In particular, art. 38 par. 1 of...more

President Obama Proposes Plan To Encourage Private Investment in Infrastructure

President Obama recently announced the Rebuild America Partnership plan (RAPP), a bipartisan effort focused on rebuilding the nation’s aging infrastructure and driving economic growth. Through RAPP, the President proposes to...more

Federal Maritime Commission to Open Use of Liner Negotiated Rate Agreements to Foreign NVOCCs

The United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under which foreign unlicensed Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) will be allowed to register with the Commission and...more

Delinquent Taxpayer’s May Lose Passports

The Senate passed the surface transportation bill with an amendment that would give the State Dept the right to deny, limit or revoke passports of “seriously delinquent” U.S. taxpayer’s. The passport provision is part of the...more

PRC Tax Regimes and Time-Charter Hire Payments

This alert is intended for non-PRC owners and charterers who may or have time-chartered vessels to PRC entities. There are two PRC tax regimes that levy taxes against hire payments made by PRC time-charterers, the...more

Russian Federation, Belarus and Kazakhstan Launch Customs Union

On July 6, 2010, following the adoption of the unified Customs Code, the Customs Union of three former Soviet Union republics - the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kazakhstan - became...more

IFTA Compliance Tips

The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) audit procedures employed by the PA Department of Revenue when a motor carrier lacks proper mileage records or proof of fuel purchases almost guarantee a substantial assessment,...more

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