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Over the past week there has been a flurry of new U.S. trade actions that have or may impose new or increased tariffs on certain imports of Chinese merchandise and solar products. These actions are pursuant to the Biden Administration’s authority under Sections 201 and 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and under the laws and regulations which allow for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties (“AD/CVD”) to address so-called unfair trade practices. …

El pasado 22 de abril de 2024, la Secretaría de Economía publicó en el Diario Oficial de la Federación el Decreto por el que modifica la Tarifa de la Ley de los Impuestos Generales de Importación y de Exportación (TIGIE) aumentando el impuesto general de importación aplicable a 544 fracciones arancelarias de la TIGIE. Los aranceles temporales estarán vigentes del 23 de abril de 2024 al 23 de abril de 2026. https://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_to_doc.php?codnota=5724206 Mediante el referido…

On April 22, 2024, the Ministry of Economy published in the Federal Official Gazette an amendment to the Tariff Schedule of the General Import and Export Duties Law (“TIGIE” for its acronym in Spanish) increasing the duty rate applicable to 544 tariff items of the TIGIE. By means of this decree, the Mexican government imposed temporary duties, ranging between 5% and 50%, to different tariff items covering steel, aluminum, textiles, clothing, footwear, wood, plastic and…

The Indonesian government is currently trying to tighten the flow of imported goods into Indonesia. As part of that effort, the government aims to further amend Minister of Trade Regulation No. 25 of 2022 on Amendment of Minister of Trade Regulation No. 20 of 2021 on Policy and Arrangements of Import (“MOT Regulation No.25/2022”). The revision involves changing the import trading system for several types of commodities from “post-border” to “border”. The difference between the…

In keeping with tradition, we are pleased to invite you to our annual Global Year-End Review of Import/Export & Trade Compliance Developments Conference to be held between December 4-7. The conference will provide valuable insights on the latest developments, challenges and opportunities in the ever-changing landscape of international trade.We will kick off the conference with an in-person networking session and panel discussion on December 4 on the pressing topic of “Navigating Trade Compliance Amidst Geopolitical Disruptions…

The recent amendments to the Russian iron and steel sanctions that came into effect across Europe on 30 September 2023 have had a significant impact across sectors. We previously reported on the business consequences and recommendations on the tightened restrictions in our blog post available here. Although the latest restrictions are still in their early days, it is becoming increasingly clear that cooperation between sanctions and customs teams within businesses is crucial to ensure that…

2023 has proven to be another dynamic year under the Government of Canada’s trade agenda, which showed no signs of slowing over the summer. From May to August 2023, the Government passed into law novel supply chain transparency legislation and introduced amendments and legislative proposals that are impacting, or will impact, compliance with Canadian customs, export controls, and economic sanctions legislation. Baker McKenzie’s Canadian trade and customs team continues to monitor the following key customs…

The launch of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project has officially been pushed back from October 2023 to May 2024. The regulatory amendments relating to electronic communication and payment, the provision of financial security electronically, and billing cycles that are necessary to support the launch and use of CARM are still on schedule and are planned to come into force in May 2024. The purpose of CARM is to…

On August 15, 2023, the President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, published a Decree amending the Tariff Schedule of the General Import and Export Duties Law. The decree focuses on the implementation of temporary import duties ranging between 5% and 25% on goods classified in 392 tariff items covering steel, aluminum, bamboo, rubber, chemical products, oils, soap, paper, cardboard, ceramic products, glass, electrical material, musical instruments and furniture. These temporary duties are applicable as…

In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in Custom Audits by both Federal and State Tax Authorities, mainly to companies with foreign investment. We have seen Maquiladoras/IMMEX that were audited and received tax assessments in high amounts, including one for USD 70 million and one for USD 172 million dollars. What is the reason for these outstanding amounts and how can Maquiladora/IMMEX companies prevent these tax contingencies derived from these foreign trade audits?…