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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

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!

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

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

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

Trade in the balance: Europe's new Union Customs Code

The European Union — the world's largest trader of manufactured goods and services — is adopting a new framework of customs rules, the Union Customs Code (UCC). From cutting-edge California mobile devices and Chinese...more

Status of licences for sportsbets, VAT on services rendered electronically

Permission of online sport betting providers in Germany The gambling market is strictly regulated under German law, with the operation and organising or facilitating of public games of chance on the internet prohibited...more

Recent amendments to the Act respecting duties on transfers of immovables

On March 17, 2016, the Government of Québec presented its 2016-2017 budget, which included important amendments to the Act respecting duties on transfers of immovables (the Act). The Act provides that every municipality...more

EU Customs Developments - January 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - In January 2016, the draft Transitional Delegated Act (TDA) for the Union Customs Code (UCC) was discussed at committee/working party level in the European...more

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

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

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

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Japan (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? Generally speaking, foreigners can conduct business in Japan on an equal legal footing with Japanese citizens. The...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: India (Updated)

1. WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? Historically, India has been a regulated economy since its independence. The government of India (GOI) launched a new...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: China (Updated)

1. WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? In the past, foreign investment in China was highly regulated. However, following China’s entry into WTO in 2001,...more

Have You Requested a Refund on Your Imports Under GSP?

Background - Effective July 29, 2015, through the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Congress extended the duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) through December 31, 2017. The GSP...more

“The White Sauce” Decision (International Custom Products, Inc. v. United States) Highlights Importance of Administrative...

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision, International Custom Products, Inc. v. United States, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 11170 (Fed. Cir. June 30, 2015), was ten years in the making and provides a stern lesson for...more

The Briefly Open Door: GSP Reauthorization Gives Importers Fleeting Opportunity to Recover Overpaid Duties

On June 29, the President signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, reauthorizing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and making its reauthorization apply retroactively. The White House has touted...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

Do You Deserve a Refund from US Customs? Tariff Refunds Soon Available for Certain Imported Goods as Congress Acts on Generalized...

On June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (HR 1295). Among other actions, the law revives the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, a trade preferences program...more

New Trade Legislation Extends Key Duty-Free Tariff Programs, Provides Opportunity for Businesses to Recoup Over $1 Billion In...

On June 29, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (“the Act”). This legislation extends certain U.S. trade preference programs through which the United States grants duty-free treatment...more

EU Customs Practice Group - March 2015

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Union Customs Code Developments ..Regulation on Mutual Assistance - TARIFFS: ..Vulnerability threshold for GSP+ amended ..Duty suspension and tariff quotas ..FTA...more

UK: Gambling duties guidance notes – a reminder

A number of operators and suppliers are asking us questions about gambling duties. ...more

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