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Italy: New Statute of the Italian Port Authority

(Oct. 6, 2016) On September 2, 2016, new legislation on the Italian Port Authority (known as AdSP in Italian) was issued. (Legislative Decree No. 169 of August 4, 2016, Reorganization, Rationalization, and Simplification of the Legislation on the Port Authority Regulated by Law No. 84 of January 28, 1994, Implementing Article 8, Paragraph 1(f), of […]

Russia: New Requirements for Firearms Operation Licenses

(Sept. 27, 2016) In July 2016, the most recent amendments to the Russian Federal Law on Weapons entered into force. (Federal Law No. 227-FZ of July 3, 2016 on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation and the Repeal of Certain Legislative Acts (Provisions of Legal Acts) of the Russian Federation in Connection […]

Vietnam: Document on Taxation of Uber Services Issued

(Sept. 19, 2016) Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance recently issued a document detailing the tax rules applicable to the car hailing services of Netherlands-based Uber International Holdings B.V. in Vietnam. According to the Ministry, as a foreign establishment without residence offices in the country, Uber is subject to the direct method of tax payment, whereby the […]

Indonesia: Updated Rules for Ride-Sharing Businesses

(Sept. 7, 2016) Indonesia has decided to permit car-hailing businesses that operate through online applications to work in the country, resolving a previous dispute over the business model of the services. The new rules will allow Uber, Grabcar, and Go-Car drivers to be in business once they join a cooperative. (Uber, Grabcar Hit the Road […]

Israel: Supreme Court Orders Release of Ship Captured Attempting to Break Gaza Blockade

(Aug. 10, 2016) On August 8, 2016, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected an appeal by the state against the Haifa District Court’s decision not to allow confiscation of the ship Estelle. Instead, the Court ordered the release of the ship to its owners.  (CA7307/14 State of Israel v. the Ship Estelle (Aug. 8, 2016), […]

Brazil: Use of Face Recognition Technology to Identify International Travelers at Airports

(Aug. 3, 2016) On August 1, 2016, the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service (Secretaria da Receita Federal, SRF) started to use a facial recognition system to identify international travelers arriving at airports in the country.  The goal is to expedite customs service procedures by the prior identification and selection for further inspection of passengers who present a […]

Japan: Ports and Harbors Act Amended to Encourage More Foreign Visitors from Cruise Ships

(July 25, 2016) The Japanese government has in recent years made efforts to attract greater numbers of foreign visitors.  To that end, the Cabinet established the Tourism-Oriented Country Promotion Cabinet Members Conference in 2013. (Regarding Establishment of the Tourism-Oriented Country Promotion Cabinet Members Conference, Cabinet Consent (Mar. 26, 2013), Cabinet website (in Japanese).) As one […]

Russia: Simplified Rules for Drone Operations

(June 30, 2016) On June 29, 2016, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (the upper chamber of the legislature) approved without discussion the Law on Amendments to the Air Code of the Russian Federation Concerning the Use of Unmanned Aircraft and Requirements for Experimental Aviation Personnel, which was passed by the State Duma (the […]

Singapore: Cross-Border Car Sharing Restricted

(June 22, 2016) On June 20, 2016, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that paid car-sharing services are not permitted to take fares across the border into neighboring Malaysia. That border crossing is considered the busiest in the world, with up to 400,000 people using it each day. (Linette Lim, Paid Cross-Border Car-Pooling Services Are […]

Bangladesh: Ban on Multiple Motorcycle Riders

(June 21, 2016) A recent hike in criminal activities committed against secular and liberal activists and members of religious minorities, using motorcycles in the commission of the crimes, has drawn the attention of the Bangladesh government. On June 6, 2016, the Home Minister announced a ban on more than one person riding pillion on motorcycles. […]