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Iceland/European Union: Reduction in Import Duties, Increase in Quotas for Agricultural Products

(Oct. 20, 2015) On September 17, 2015, Iceland’s government and the European Union agreed on new terms for agricultural trade. (Press Release, EU and Iceland Strike Deal to Protect Geographical Indications and Enhance Trade for Agricultural and Food Products (Sept. 18, 2015) EUROPA.) Under the new agreement, Iceland will reduce the tariffs on agricultural products […]

Indonesia: Export Ban on Unprocessed Minerals Comes into Effect

(Jan. 23, 2014) On January 12, 2014, an Indonesian presidential decree prohibiting the export of unprocessed minerals came into force. It had been signed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on January 11 at a Cabinet meeting. (Indonesia’s Law on Ore Exports Takes Effect,THE <!–?JAKARTA POST (Jan. 12, 2014); Indonesia Implements Ban on Unprocessed Ore Export, […]

Curacao: New Export Regime in Place as Old One Is Being Grandfathered

(Jan. 22, 2014) Curaçao instituted a new export regime on January 1, 2014. The country’s Parliament approved the regime, which is designed to support companies involved in international trade in goods or services, on December 16, 2013. Applicable to companies that derive 90% or more of their profits from such goods and services, the regime […]

Indonesia: Proposal to Reduce Limits on Logging

(Dec. 26, 2013) According to news reports, Indonesia is proposing to resume exports of logs from productive forests. This would reverse a ban on such sales that has been in place for 12 years. The Forestry Ministry plan would allow exports from community plantation forests or industrial forest concessions, as long as the businesses involved […]

European Union: Arms Exports to Israel

(Jan. 13, 2009) Until December 8, 2008, each Member State of the European Union had the discretion to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to allow exportation of conventional arms and the transfer of technology to a third country, as long as the general legal requirements established by the EU were met and no embargo […]

China: Revised Catalog of Technology Restricted or Prohibited from Export

(Oct. 20, 2008) On September 16, 2008, China's Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Science and Technology jointly released the revised China Catalog of Technology Prohibited from Export and Restricted from Export. According to the two ministries' Decree No.12, 2008, the Catalog will be in force as of November 1, 2008. It supersedes the 2001 […]

Switzerland: Arms Control

(Dec. 2, 2007) On November 14, 2007, the Swiss Commerce Department (Eidgenösasisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartment, EVD) announced that it suspended an export permit for 21 Swiss-produced anti-aircraft missile systems for Pakistan. The exports had been approved in December 2006 and six of the systems have already been delivered. The remainder of the exports, valued at approximately 98 […]