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In brief The Ministry of Trade (MOT) has issued Minister of Trade Regulation No. 59 of 2020 (“Regulation 59”) which is an amendment to Minister of Trade Regulation No. 118/M-DAG/PER/12/2015 on Import Provisions for Complementary Goods, Goods for the Purpose of Market Testing, and After-Sales Service (“Regulation 118”). Regulation 59 was issued to limit the number of industries allowed to import manufactured goods in the form of complementary goods, goods for the purpose of market…

In brief The UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) entered into force as a replacement for the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) due to Brexit, to leverage Vietnam-UK trade relations. To implement preferential tariff treatment under the UKVFTA, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) issued Circular No. 02/2021/TT-BCT that will regulate the origin issues and take effect on 27 June 2021. In more detail 1. Product Specific Rules of Origin Circular No. 02 adopts the Product Specific Rules…

The Thai Customs Department has launched a Customs Trader Portal, an online web application that gives business operators a convenient option to register as an importer, exporter, and an operator who conducts customs formalities. This platform, implemented on 1 July 2021 for Thai individuals, is more aligned with the current digital economy. It also provides a third registration option for Thai individuals to register as customs formality operators. Previously, there were only two methods manual…

In the recent flurry of US Government activity related to Xinjiang, one thing is clear: trade compliance risks continue to increase for companies with supply chains that involve Xinjiang. These latest actions add to the expanding list of companies that face import bans, export bans, and sometimes both, in addition to broader measures under consideration in Congress. This blog post summarizes the past month’s developments. Companies with Xinjiang anywhere in their supply chains should be aware of…

Following the successful launch of our inaugural virtual Annual Compliance Conference in 2020, we will return this year in a virtual format to deliver our cutting-edge insights and guidance on key global compliance issues, as businesses and enforcement agencies transition to a new post-pandemic global compliance and investigations landscape across five weeks from 6 September – 8 October. Our global experts will be providing practical insights and analysis on significant developments across: anti-bribery and corruption;…

In brief In December 2019, Myanmar’s first Anti-dumping Law (“ADL”) was passed by the Assembly of the Union of Myanmar (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw), marking the introduction of a legal framework for the imposition of anti-dumping measures in Myanmar for the first time. Although Myanmar has been a member of the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) since 1995, Myanmar did not have a national anti-dumping law until the passing of the ADL. The new legislation is expected to…

USMCA Implementing Regulations On July 6, 2021, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) published in the Federal Register the notice for the USMCA Implementing Regulations Related to the Marking Rules, Tariff-rate Quotas, and Other USMCA Provisions interim final rule. The interim rule is effective July 1, 2021. The rule amends CBP regulations to include implementing regulations for the preferential tariff treatment and related customs provisions of the…

In brief On 15 June 2021, Superintendency Resolution No. 000079-2021/SUNAT was published, approving the DESPA-PE.01.37 (version 1) specific procedure, which sets out the requirements and procedure for the proper application of tariff preferences under the Trade Agreement between Peru and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Below is a brief summary of the main provisions of this resolution: The tariff treatment granted by Peru to goods originating in the United Kingdom is subject to the…

In brief The UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) entered into force as a replacement for the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) due to Brexit, to leverage Vietnam-UK trade relations. To implement preferential tariff treatment under the UKVFTA, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) issued Circular No. 02/2021/TT-BCT that will regulate the origin issues and take effect on 27 June 2021. In more detail 1. Product Specific Rules of Origin Circular No. 02 adopts the Product Specific Rules…

In brief In March this year, the High Court in South Africa ruled on how a certain mobile phone should be classified for tariff purposes – essentially deciding whether it should be a machine or a phone for the purposes of determining import tariffs. The ruling has implications for all businesses importing mobile phone products into South Africa. On 18 March 2021, the Pretoria High Court handed down judgment in the matter between Samsung Electronics…