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VIETNAM: One-Stop Cargo Clearance System Extended to Hanoi Airport

23 April 2018

The country’s automated cargo clearance system is now up and running at Noi Bai International Airport, the primary air terminal serving Hanoi, the national capital....Read More


SRI LANKA: 15% Levy Imposed on Gold Imports Following Unexplained Surge in Volume

20 April 2018

All gold imported into Sri Lanka is now subject to a 15% levy. This marks the end of a five-year period where the precious metal was accorded duty-free status and reflects government concerns over a r...Read More


INDONESIA: New Industrial Cluster Kicks-off Country’s Halal Charm Offensive

19 April 2018

A halal-focussed industrial cluster is set to be established in the Batamindo Industrial Park on Batam Island (Riau Islands Province), set 60 km to the south of the Indonesia-Singapore border....Read More


INDIA: New Criteria for Verifying Foreign Portfolio Beneficiaries Introduced

13 April 2018

Under new criteria adopted by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the Beneficial Owners (BOs) of Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) will be deemed to be individuals owning a 25% stake (o...Read More


INDIA: 10% Customs Duty Imposed on Imported Mobile Phone PCBs, Camera Modules and Connectors

6 April 2018

Basic Customs Duty (BCD) of 10% is now payable on all imported populated printed circuit boards (PCBs), camera modules and connectors for mobile phones....Read More


INDONESIA: Project Value Now Sole Criterion for FDI Tax Exemption

4 April 2018

As a change in investment strategy, the overall value of an FDI-funded project will be the sole criterion in determining its Corporate Income Tax (CIT) exemption entitlement under the country’s invest...Read More


INDIA: Import of Pre-owned Electronic Goods for Export Processing Approved

4 April 2018

Pre-owned electronic goods will now be permitted to be imported into India on the condition that the imported items are exported....Read More


INDONESIA: Import Permit Processing for Export Inputs Cut to Just One Hour

3 April 2018

Import permits for raw materials and other inputs required for the manufacture of export goods in Indonesia can now be secured in just one hour, a massive improvement on the previous 30-day turnaround...Read More


MYANMAR: Promotion Begins for Launch of Online Business Registration System

29 March 2018

The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration has released a set of draft company incorporation forms via its website....Read More


INDIA: Customs Duty on Open Cell Displays Cut from 10% to 5%

29 March 2018

The Indian government has cut the Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on imported open cell displays for LED and LCD television panels from 10% to 5%....Read More


INDIA: Up To 70% Safeguard Duty Looms Over Solar Cell Imports

29 March 2018

A safeguard duty of up to 70% will be imposed on all solar cells imported into India from developed countries as well as from China and Malaysia for a period of 200 days if a proposal to that effect, ...Read More


CAMBODIA: Increased Taxes on Used Vehicle Imports Mooted to Boost Domestic Automotive Industry

28 March 2018

Used cars manufactured before 2000 and imported into Cambodia are set to face increased taxes and stringent technical and environmental tests....Read More


CAMBODIA: Phase Two of National Roll-Out of Online Certificate of Origin System Implemented

22 March 2018

Following a three-month trial in the Thai-bordering provinces of Battambang and Pailin, Cambodia is to extend the use of the online Certificate of Origin (CO) system to two other provinces – Banteay M...Read More


INDIA: Hong Kong Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement Sees Withholding Tax Cut to 10%

22 March 2018

A reduction in the applicable level of Withholding Tax (WHT) from 20% to 10% in the case of Hong Kong residents is one the key benefits of the Comprehensive Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxat...Read More


BANGLADESH: VAT Exempted for Imports of Ships Exceeding 5,000 Dead Weight Tonnage

16 March 2018

Ships of more than 5,000 Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) are now exempt from the payment of value added tax (VAT) when imported into Bangladesh....Read More


CAMBODIA: Halal Certification Launched for Exported Food Products

13 March 2018

Cambodia’s first ever halal certification and label is now on offer for producers and exporters of foodstuffs as well as for restaurant businesses....Read More


MYANMAR: Gems and Precious Stones Now Subject to Export Licences

7 March 2018

An export licence is now required for a list of 3,345 products before they could be exported from Myanmar....Read More


VIETNAM: One-Stop Cargo Clearance System Set for September Rollout

6 March 2018

Plans are in place to extend the use of an automated cargo clearance system to all of the ports and airports in 11 of the country’s major cities and provinces by September 2018....Read More


INDONESIA: Sales Tax and Import Duty Set to be Cut for Electric Vehicles

5 March 2018

A 40% luxury goods tax that is currently imposed on the sale of electric vehicles (EVs) in Indonesia is set to be abolished....Read More


SINGAPORE: Imported Digital Content and Online Services Set to be Taxed

27 Feb 2018

A wide range of imported digital content and online services are set to be taxed from 1 January 2020. This will see the country’s GST applied to all overseas-sourced digital services, including market...Read More

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