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England: Equine Microchip Law to Enter into Force

(Aug. 7, 2020) On October 1, 2020, regulations requiring all equines in England to be microchipped will enter into force in the country. The new regulations, the Equine Identification (England) Regulations 2018, revoke the Horse Passport (England) 2009 Regulations and introduce the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/262 into the national law of England. The regulations […]

Taiwan: Government Lifts Mask Export Ban and Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions

(June 26, 2020) On May 29, 2020, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced that the ban on exporting masks made in Taiwan would be lifted effective June 1, 2020. The restriction that Taiwanese residents could send no more than 30 masks every two months to their overseas relatives was also lifted at the same […]

Australia: WTO Appellate Body Rejects Appeal Regarding Plain Packaging of Tobacco

(June 18, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body issued its reports on cases brought by Honduras and the Dominican Republic against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging requirements. (Australia — Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging (DS435 and DS441).) The […]

Chile; New Zealand; Singapore: Digital Trade Agreement Signed

(June 17, 2020) On June 12, 2020, the governments of Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore signed the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) in an online ceremony, with e-signature tools utilized. Negotiations for the agreement were launched in May 2019 when the trade ministers of the three countries met and “discussed ways to maximize the contributions that […]

New Zealand; Singapore: New Declaration on Trade in Essential Goods for Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 17, 2020) On April 15, 2020, the governments of New Zealand and Singapore “launched a new trade initiative to ensure supply chain connectivity and the removal of blockages to trade in a list of essential products that includes medicines, medical and surgical equipment.” The initiative builds on a joint statement by the two countries in […]

Japan: Fertilizer Regulation Act Amended

(Dec. 30, 2019) The Diet (Japan’s parliament) has enacted the Act to Amend the Fertilizer Regulation Act. The Act was published in the Official Gazette on December 4, 2019 (Act No. 62 of 2019 (Reiwa 1)) and will come into effect within one year, with some exceptions (Supp. Provisions art. 1). The Fertilizer Regulation Act […]

Japan: Act on Promotion of Exports of Agricultural, Forestry, Fishery and Food Products Enacted

(Dec. 16, 2019) The Diet, Japan’s parliament, enacted the Act on Promotion of Exports of Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products, and Food (Food Exports Promotion Act, Act No. 57 of 2019 (Reiwa 1)) in November 2019. The Act will take effect on April 1, 2020. (Food Exports Promotion Act, Supp. Provisions art. 1.) Japan’s food […]

Turkey: New Law Transfers Oversight of Payment System Providers to Central Bank

(Dec. 9, 2019) On November 22, 2019, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey passed Law No. 7192 (the amending law), which brought changes to Law No. 6493 on Payment and Security Settlement Systems, Payment Services and Electronic Money Institutions. Significantly, the Law includes an amendment transferring the authority to regulate and supervise payment services from […]

International: Negotiations Underway at WTO for Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies

(Dec. 6, 2019) On November 15, 2019, members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held discussions on the difficulties they have encountered in curbing harmful fisheries subsidies through international trade negotiations, as well as on the potential ways such negotiations might be successful in the future. Underpinning this work, the WTO negotiating group has endorsed […]