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EU Customs Developments: April-August 2017

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EU Customs Policy - Full UCC implementation not possible by 2020 - In a meeting held by the European Parliament (EP)’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee on 21 June 2017, the EU Commissioner for...more

WTO Panel Report: Indonesia – Iron or Steel Products

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Decision - A WTO Panel has dismissed claims against Indonesia under the WTO Agreement on Safeguards on the grounds that the challenged duty was not actually a "safeguard measure". All disputing parties had agreed that the...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tunisia

1. What role does the government of Tunisia play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Tunisian government places a priority on attracting foreign direct investment. The Tunisian government...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Ghana

1. What role does the government of Ghana play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Government of Ghana continues to promote foreign direct investment in Ghana. In 2013, the Ghana Investment Promotion...more

Someone Needs a Digital Makeover: Rethinking NAFTA in the Digital Economy

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When the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect on January 1, 1994, there were an estimated 10,000 websites, most people used dial-up online services, Google had not yet become a verb, and the first online...more

Solar Cell, Washing Machine Imports May Face Additional Duties and Quotas Under New Section 201 Cases

In May 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) began examining two petitions filed under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974. Because it applies to imports of a product or products from all countries — as opposed...more

New Tax Amnesty Law

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Turkey has passed a new law offering taxpayers the opportunity to restructure their unpaid and overdue taxes, social security payments and some other public receivables and to benefit from a partial amnesty for penalties and...more

Development of the practice of challenging import customs duty rates as contrary to Russia’s WTO commitments

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The Russian Federation has been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since August 22, 2012. As one of the conditions for its accession to the WTO Russia undertook a number of commitments that are defined in the...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order Calling for Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits

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On March 31, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to prepare an "Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits". The report will...more

Customs. Major Russian legislation changes for 2016

by Dentons on

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in customs for 2016....more

Third Circuit Holds eBay-Based Allegations Sufficient to Plead Reverse False Claim For Failure to Pay Import Duties

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In October, the Third Circuit held in United States ex rel. Customs Fraud Investigations, LLC v. Victaulic Co., 839 F.3d 242 (3rd Cir. 2016), that the 2009 amendments to the False Claims Act (“FCA”) allowed a relator to...more

EU Customs Developments: November-December 2016

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EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - On 12 December 2016, the EU’s Customs Expert Group held a joint meeting with the Trade Contact Group to discuss proposed amendments to the Union Customs Code...more

NAFTA and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With the recent U.S. election finally reaching its close, the unexpected election of Mr. Trump has left many multinational companies wondering how the change in administration will impact their business operations. One of the...more

EU Customs Developments - August - October 2016

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EU Customs Policy - Council Conclusions on the Union Customs Code - The EU Council has adopted and published Conclusions on follow-up of the Union Customs Code (UCC). These Conclusions recognise the entry into force...more

Opportunity for temporary duty suspension or reduction - submit petitions for Miscellaneous Tariff Bills to ITC by 12/12/16

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Companies seeking temporary duty suspensions or reductions have the opportunity to submit petitions for Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs) to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) until December 12, 2016....more

Brexit: Hard Landing/Soft Landing or Down the Rabbit Hole: What’s Ahead?

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This is the third in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”)...more

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petition Process Goes Live - Potential for up to $500,000 in duty relief per product

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) has begun accepting petitions seeking temporary duty suspensions and reductions pursuant to the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (“the Act”). The Act...more

Turkey Corporate Newsletter - September 2016

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Considering Becoming A Board Member? Read This First. Good corporate governance requires fully informed board members who are aware of their duties and the potential legal implications of their actions. Under the...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia - Tariff Treatment

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A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation has violated its WTO obligations by imposing duties on certain EU goods in excess of its committed ("bound") rates, in breach of Article II of the General Agreement on Tariffs...more

What Does Brexit Mean for UK Tax?

Once the formal procedure under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is initiated by the United Kingdom, the government will negotiate the terms of its exit from the European Union. Whilst we must accept that this is a period of...more

New Bipartisan Act Will Simplify the Temporary Tariff-Reduction Process

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) into law on May 20, 2016, to overhaul the process of developing a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). Under this Act, companies will not...more

Opportunity to reduce import costs into Canada - but you need to act now!

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In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients, such as those used in the agri-food processing industry, as part of its plan...more

Congress Passes MTB Reform Legislation

Congress has enacted new legislation, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (H.R. 4923), which offers a unique opportunity for U.S. companies whose imported goods require the payment of tariffs (i.e., normal...more

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016

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Law Modifies Process For Duty Suspensions And Reductions - On May 20, 2016, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the U.S....more

Supreme Court clarifies issues of how the courts apply customs law

by Dentons on

On May 12, 2016 the Plenum of the Russian Federation Supreme Court approved a Resolution in which it clarified customs legislation on determination of customs value, classification of goods, refund of excess customs duties...more

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