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Turkey’s “Additional Customs Duties” – Will Medical Devices Be Next?

In 2011, Turkey imposed for the first time “additional customs duties.” These are duties as high as 50% imposed on top of normal customs duties on certain goods entering the Turkish territory. These additional customs...more

EU Customs Developments

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - On 21 August 2015, the European Commission formally submitted its draft Delegated Act under the Union Customs Code (UCC) to the Council and the European...more

The Gap, the Trap and the Binding Spring - The Bri-Chem trilogy, the rule of law and self-corrections of revenue-neutral tariff...

In three decisions released concurrently by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) on September 18, 2015 (collectively referred to as the Bri-Chem trilogy), the CITT instructed the Canada Border Services Agency...more

Tax Newsletter - July/August 2015 (China & Hong Kong)

Welcome to the latest issue of our Tax Newsletter. As you may be aware, much has happened since our last issue. In this issue, we highlighted a number of developments in both the PRC and Hong Kong that could be of legal and...more

Australian manufacturer is successful in asserting patent in China

Lucas Mills made media headlines for its win of 2 million yuan ($430,000) against a Chinese company who infringed Lucas’ patent for its flagship product, a portable sawmill. The sawmill allows logs to be cut into milled...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement reached: What does it mean for you?

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim trading partners recently announced that they have come to a provisional agreement on the wide-ranging trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”), which, over...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership May Have Far-Reaching Consequences for U.S. Industry

This week, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries decided the final terms of what they report is a far-reaching agreement (Agreement or TPP Agreement). The 12 TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam,...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter (Ukrainian) - October 2015

Amendments to the State Budget of Ukraine for 2015 - On September 17, 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law on Amendments to the Law of Ukraine on State Budget for 2015 No. 704-VII. According to the...more

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement - A 21st century trade agreement with major advantages for Pacific Rim businesses

At a news conference in Ottawa on October 5, 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised the TPP as "the largest economic partnership in the history of the world" and "the new gold standard for international trade...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter - October 2015

Amendments to the State Budget of Ukraine for 2015 - On September 17, 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law on Amendments to the Law of Ukraine on State Budget for 2015 No. 704-VII. According to the...more

EU-Vietnam Trade Deal

The EU and Vietnam have concluded the substantive elements of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), widely-hailed as one of the most ambitious and comprehensive such agreements that the EU has concluded with a developing country....more

Federal Circuit Upholds ITC Interpretation of § 337 to Cover Induced Infringement - Suprema, Inc. and Mentalix Inc. v. Int’l Trade...

In a 6-4 ruling, a sharply divided en banc Federal Circuit overturned the original panel decision and deferred to the International Trade Commission’s (ITC or Commission) interpretation of the phrase “articles that …...more

US China Trade War — Stock Market Crash, Presidential Trade Politics, Trade Policy, Customs, Antitrust and Securities

The Chinese stock market crash and world- wide effect on stock markets around the World has created a crisis with day to day developments. The World Stock market crash stated on August 24, 2015 and went through to August...more

The Free Port Vladivostok Area

On July 13, 2015, President Putin signed the Federal Law On the Free Port of Vladivostok, as well as two other laws introducing revisions to the current laws required to implement the Law On the Free Port of Vladivostok - the...more

Does Trade Facilitation Matter in the Fight against Corruption?

Today’s guest post comes from Evelyn Suarez, Principal, The Suarez Firm. The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) may seem to be an odd topic for an anti-corruption blog but it is not. It...more


Since the last blog post focused on trade policy and trade and customs issues, with extensive coverage of the Trade Promotion Authority fight in the US Congress, after addressing the trade area briefly, this blog post plays...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Exchange Control (Updated)

EXCHANGE CONTROL - Currency movements in and out of New Zealand are subject to certain controls. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 imposes restrictions on transfer of money to...more

Global Tax News - July 2015

EUROPEAN UNION RE-LAUNCHES FORMULARY APPORTIONMENT: KEY POINTS ABOUT THE CCCTB The European Commission has recently released a Communication to the EU Parliament calling for a re-launch of its proposal from 2011...more

EU Customs Practice Group - June 2015

EU CUSTOMS POLICY - Union Customs Code Developments It has become clear that there are further delays in finalising the draft Union Customs Code (UCC) Implementing and Delegated Acts within the Commission, in light of a...more


Because of the substantial activity in May, June and July with the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) negotiations, this blog post is being split into two parts. ...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Taxation (Updated)

TAXATION - It is not possible to give a complete outline of the scope of the taxation system in this guide. A brief outline of the basic taxation principles and some of the major forms of taxation are discussed below....more

CBSA Updates its 2015 Trade Verification/Audit Targets

This month, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) updated its customs compliance verification priorities for 2015. Trade program verifications of tariff classification, customs valuation and origin are not limited to...more

CBP Offers to Negotiate With Foreign Customs on Exporters' Behalf

On June 18, 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in the Federal Register that it would be accepting “requests for assistance” from exporters who are dealing with valuation or classification issues with...more

WCO publishes guide to customs valuation and transfer pricing

The challenges faced by multinational enterprises (MNEs) in navigating the interface of transfer pricing and customs valuation rules is not a new phenomenon. However, due to a marked increase in recent years of the number of...more

May Legislative Update

Four key bills were introduced in both the Senate and House in late April, including the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, also known as “trade promotion authority” or “fast track,” the...more

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