Towards the end of 2018, Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister for the Economy and Finance, announced that France would be implementing a national digital services tax (“DST”) as of 1 January 2019, to the extent that it would apply to all income generated in the year 2019. More
Details of the new cross-border e-commerce import regulations (due to come into effect as of 1 January 2019) have been clarified in a recent joint circular issued by the Ministry of Commerce, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance and a number of other government departments. More
On 7 December 2018, the European Commission published the new Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List. The Watch List elaborates upon e-commerce and physical marketplaces outside the EU that have been reported to engage in, facilitate or benefit from substantial counterfeiting and piracy. More
The fragmented and out-of-date information and communications technology used in the logistics industry, and efforts to rectify it, are common themes at industry forums, such as the Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference.
The objective of the future P2B Regulation is to oblige online platforms to be transparent in their business practices. MEP and rapporteur (chief parliamentary negotiator) for the file, Christel Schaldemose, explained that the P2B Regulation will “make the relationship between platforms and businesses fairer and more transparent, which ultimately will be to the advantage of the consumer.” More
As Hong Kong readers may recall, two proposed Directives were tabled in March 2018 by the European Commission. The Commission proposed EU-wide changes to taxation, mainly due to the seemingly disproportionate revenues that are regularly made by so-called “digital giants”. More
Canadian federal ministers and premiers for the Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador led a multi-sectoral trade and investment mission to mainland China from 8 to 13 November intended to support Atlantic Canadian businesses and organisations in the food and beverage, clean growth, education and tourism sectors that are looking to create new partnerships and build business-to-business relationships in mainland China. More