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Turkey: Only a Turkish resident entity can act as importer


In accordance with the Turkish VAT Law, importation of goods and services is subject to VAT, and the taxpayer for the importation is defined as the importer. In other words, the importer of record is the party which imports the goods. Please note that tax ID is required for importation procedures; therefore, only a Turkish resident entity may conduct importation. Continue reading


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CANADA: No more surtax on steel and aluminium as from 20, May 2019


On May 17, 2019, Global Affairs Canada released a joint statement with the United States, announcing the elimination (which became effective May 20, 2019) of all tariffs imposed by the United States under section 232 of the Trade Expansion act of 1962 (19 USC §1862) – duties on steel and aluminum, and all retaliatory tariffs imposed by Canada

Both countries have also agreed to terminate all pending litigation between them in the World Trade Organization, with respect to the section 232 duties on steel and aluminum and Canada’s retaliatory surtax. Continue reading


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UAE: Dubai Customs introduces new benefits for air shipments completed by courier companies as from 1 of July 2019


Dubai Customs has decided to provide additional customs benefits to air shipments completed by courier companies to facilitate and reduce the cost of exporting or transiting low value consignment goods in/from Dubai.

Dubai Customs has recently issued the Customs Notice No. (4/2019) to announce further benefits for courier companies that process export, transit and re-export declarations via the Dubai electronic clearance system (Mirsal II). The new benefits are applicable to air shipments only, and represent an important measure to facilitate the export, transit and re-export of low value consignments by courier companies. One of the main beneficiaries of this development are e-commerce businesses that ship goods from distribution centers located in Dubai to regional and global markets. The new facilities shall be effective as of 1 July 2019. Continue reading


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US: United States proposes new tarifs on EU products in response to EU aircraft subsidies


United States proposes new tarifs on EU products in response to EU aircraft subsidies

The Trump Administration has identified the European Union as a new object of tariffs, releasing a list of proposed products that may be subjected to additional Section 301 tariffs in light of the EU’s subsidization of civil aircraft. Continue reading


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EVENT: 8. Schweizer Zollrechtstagung


Gerne mache Ich Sie auf die Zollrechtstagung am 14. Mai 2019 aufmerksam, die wir in Bern bereits zum achten Mal durchführen. Es erwarten Sie spannende Themen und erfahrene Referenten sowie Vertreter der Behörden aus dem In- und Ausland. Daneben bietet die Zollrechtstagung eine ideale Plattform, um sich über die aktuellen Entwicklungen und Trends im Zoll- und Aussenhandelsbereich zu informieren, sich neues Fachwissen anzueignen und sich mit anderen Firmenverantwortlichen sowie Experten auszutauschen. Continue reading


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NEW ZEALAND: Introduction of low value imported goods start date might be postponed even until 1 April 2020


NZ low value imported goods rules start date is still going through a decision-making process. The large platforms and several firms asked for more time as the law will with high probability be not passed until mid year. The industry asks for 1 April 2020 as a day of introduction rather than the original date of 1 October 2019. This will be a governmental decision and a compromise date could be 1 January 2020.

 

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Australia – Trusted Trader program streamlines international trade and improves supply chain security


The Australian Border Force is implementing the Australian Trusted Trader program aimed at streamlining international trade and improving supply chain security.  Refer to the internal and client flyers which outline the benefits and opportunities for affected clients receiving Trusted Trader accreditation which may include the ability to defer payment Continue reading