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Saudi Arabia Update - February 2018

by Dentons on

Relaxation of foreign investment rules - In general, any non-GCC investment in Saudi Arabia resulting in ownership of a Saudi-registered entity requires approval of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)...more

Tennessee Company Skirts Customs Obligations, Pays $500,000 FCA Penalty

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

This Post at a Glance - - Company made false statements related to import duty charges - Investigation initiated by whistleblower complaint from company’s competitor - Trump Administration likely to impose...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. Fined $29 Million - On January 17, 2018, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board assessed Taiwan based bank Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. a...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. Fined $29 Million - On January 17, 2018, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board assessed Taiwan based bank Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. a...more

CBSA Announces 2018 Trade Verification Priorities

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In a New Year's tradition, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has published its trade verification (audit) priorities for 2018. The audits cover three programs that affect the amount of duties and Goods and Services...more

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2018

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. Fined $29 Million - On January 17, 2018, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board assessed Taiwan based bank Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd....more

Logistics: a critical element in Oman's development

by Dentons on

Oman's strategic geographical location has long established the country as a centre for trade, connecting the Middle East to Pakistan and the Indian subcontinent to the East, Iran to the North and Africa to the South. Key to...more

European Court of Justice: Intercompany Pricing Cannot Be Used For EU Import/Customs Purposes If Subject to Adjustments

• A recent judgment of the European Court of Justice for bars the use of intercompany transfer prices for EU imports and EU customs duty purposes if (as is commonly the case) these are subject to retroactive adjustments. ...more

Brexit 2018: The Final Preparations

by Dechert LLP on

2018 is the year that the UK and EU will look to finalise their Brexit deal; to settle the trading arrangements for what could be a lengthy ‘transition period’; and start discussions on the shape of their future long-term...more

The Trade Bill - UK trade policy following Brexit

by DLA Piper on

The Trade Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday 7 November 2017. It will have to be passed by both Houses before it becomes law, and it has to become law before Brexit takes effect, currently set for 29 March...more

Health Alert (Australia) 11 December 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 1 December 2017 - Laerdal Medical Pty Ltd and Comptroller-General of Customs AATA 2427 - CUSTOMS – whether subject goods accessory –...more

New Customs Rules for a Post-Brexit United Kingdom

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

March 2019 is coming and importers and exporters need to be prepared for what lies ahead. The UK is leaving not only the EU but its Customs Union. No longer will imports into a distribution center in the EU cover sales in...more

Brexit: Authorised Economic Operators (AEO)

by Dechert LLP on

After Brexit, customs declarations to UK Customs are expected to increase five-fold to 255 million annually and the UK companies making declarations to double to over 270,000. But only 0.2% of those traders have AEO status –...more

A model Customs case in China: creating the right conditions for effective IP enforcement by Chinese authorities.

by Hogan Lovells on

In May 2016, the General Administration of Customs (“GAC”) and the Public Security Bureau (“PSB”) jointly uncovered large amounts of counterfeit automobile engine lubricants. The lubricants were first sold on e-commerce...more

China Customs Initiates the “Longteng Action” Against IPR Infringing Exports (IRB No. 567)

by Bryan Cave on

Multinationals have come to realize that protecting intellectual property rights (“IPR”) with the assistance of the customs authorities is a key to success for their overall IPR protection in China. Recently, China Customs...more

A Primer on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

CETA is the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU) and its member states. CETA comprises 30 chapters of rules respecting trade between Canada and the EU. The agreement was signed...more

EU Customs Developments: April-August 2017

by White & Case LLP on

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

U.S. Customs Seeks Industry Input on Regulatory Reforms

by Benesch on

Companies impacted by the operational burden of customs procedures and compliance now have the opportunity to identify areas for regulatory reform. For a limited time, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) is actively...more

Mitigating Supply Chain Risk: Effective Transportation and Logistics Provider Diligence and Management Practices

by Benesch on

Every day, supply chain managers and logistics coordinators navigate a world of risk. Those risks include interruption due to delay, the damage, contamination, or loss of goods, customer service failures, and even regulatory...more

TPS Holders: Time to Review Your Status and Future

The Catholic News Service (“CNS”) reported a new study that assessed the economic impact of the administration’s plans related to removing individuals in the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS)....more

Conservative Legislative Agenda Set Out in Queen’s Speech

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Following the UK general election on 8 June 2017, at which Theresa May’s Conservative party won the largest number of seats but lost its overall majority, the Queen’s Speech setting out the now minority Conservative...more

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

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

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

InterConnect - Spring 2017

by Benesch on

Many, if not most, agreements between sellers of goods and logistics service providers (LSPs) contain a list of metrics that are used to evaluate various aspects of supply chain or provider performance. In theory, these...more

New Tax Amnesty Law

by White & Case LLP on

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

by Dentons on

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

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