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US Withdraws GSP Benefits From Bangladesh

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman has announced the outcome of the 2012 Annual Review under the Generalized System of Preferences program, which has included a decision by President Barack Obama to suspend the eligibility of Bangladesh for its tariff benefits. Read Full Story


Developing Nations Told To Wind Up Tax Schemes

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The World Trade Organization's Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures has granted a final extension to the transitional period - until the end of 2013 - for the removal of tax-based export subsidy programmes by 19 developing countries. Read Full Story


Pacific Islands Urged To Conclude EU EPA Negotiations

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Monday, September 3, 2012

In his opening remarks to the Leaders Meeting of the Pacific states within the African, Caribbean and Pacific group, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, encouraged them to conclude their negotiations on an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union this year. Read Full Story


EC Urged To Give ACP States More Negotiating Time

Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The trade committee of the European Parliament has called on the European Commission to give African, Caribbean and Pacific countries two more years for negotiations on their Economic Partnership Agreements before withdrawing their free access to the European Union market. Read Full Story


Fiji's Tax Cuts Under IMF Microscope

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The International Monetary Fund warned that while Fiji's recent budget was particularly growth-friendly, the tax changes could threaten the revenue base and therefore further offsetting measures may be required to ensure deficit targets are met going forward. Read Full Story


Fiji Raises Departure Tax

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Fijian government has been criticized after increasing its airport departure tax without giving sufficient formal warning. Read Full Story


ACP States Risk Losing Duty-Free Access To EU

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Friday, October 7, 2011

The European Commission is proposing to amend the Market Access Regulation governing the trade conditions for certain developing countries that have negotiated, with the European Union, Economic Partnership Agreements which have yet to be signed and ratified. Read Full Story


Fiji Enacts Departure Tax Hike

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Airport Departure Tax (Amendment) Regulations, 2011, has been enacted by Fijian parliament, retrospectively increasing Fiji's Airport Departure Tax, levied on outbound international flights, to FJD100 (USD56.50). Read Full Story


ATO Responds To Travelex Decision

Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Australian Tax Office has delivered its response to the recent decision by the High Court in the case of Travelex Ltd vs Commissioner of Taxation. Read Full Story


Fiji Water And Fijian Government Standoff Over Tax

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fiji Water, supplier of the artisanal water favored by celebrities across the globe, has announced that it has shut down operations in Fiji because of what the company calls “discriminatory” tax hikes in the remote South Pacific country. Read Full Story



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