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INDONESIA: One-Stop Online Halal Certification Service Set for 2018 Launch

17 Oct 2017

Online halal certification will be on offer to producers of foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics following the early 2018 launch of a one-stop government-backed service portal....Read More


CAMBODIA: Anti-Dumping Legislation Paves Way for Official Punitive Measures against Transgressing Companies

17 Oct 2017

New anti-dumping legislation has been approved by Cambodia’s National Assembly in a bid to help domestic manufacturers compete with growing levels of imported goods, many of which are reported to be s...Read More


MYANMAR: Collateral Requirement Waived to Ease Access to Credit for SMEs

16 Oct 2017

Local banks in Myanmar will now be allowed to offer loans without the need for their potential borrowers to first pledge their assets as collateral....Read More


THAILAND: Maximum Clearance Time Cut to 30 Days in Customs Law Shakeup

16 Oct 2017

The maximum time for Thai customs to approve the export / import of goods is to be cut from 90 days to just 30 days under the terms of the incoming Thai Customs Law....Read More


VIETNAM: Online Platform Looks to Promote Emerging Start-Up Ecosystem

13 Oct 2017

In a bid to nurture Vietnam’s emerging start-up ecosystem, Hanoi’s municipal government has launched an online portal dedicated to meeting the needs of the country’s new science and technology busines...Read More


MYANMAR: Imported Automotive Parts Subject to Immediate Tax Hike

12 Oct 2017

The import tax on a range of automotive parts is to be raised with immediate effect. Among the components affected are parts for commercial vehicles, including trucks, buses and vans with more than ni...Read More


PHILIPPINES: Overseas Capital Requirement Cut to US$200,000 for Retail Start-ups

11 Oct 2017

The minimum paid-up capital required for an overseas company to establish a retail business in the Philippines is to be lowered from US$2.5 million to US$200,000 under a proposed amendment to the coun...Read More


MYANMAR: Country’s First Socio-Economic Atlas Available for Free Download

11 Oct 2017

A free-to-download Socio-Economic Atlas of Myanmar has been jointly-produced by the country’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) and the German Corporation for International C...Read More


INDONESIA: Domestic and Overseas E-Commerce Transactions Set for New Tax

10 Oct 2017

All of the country’s e-commerce transactions, including those conducted via overseas digital service providers, are set to be taxed under new Finance Ministry regulations....Read More


CAMBODIA: Monthly Minimum Wage in the Garment Sector to Increase to US$170 from 1 January 2018

9 Oct 2017

The monthly minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment and footwear sectors will increase from US$153 to US$170 as of 1 January 2018....Read More


VIETNAM: Online Work Permit Approval System Introduced for Foreign Employees

6 Oct 2017

Work permits for overseas workers can now be directly applied via http://dvc.vieclamvietnam.gov.vn/. All such online applications should be submitted at least 20 days prior to the overseas worker’s du...Read More


MYANMAR: Online Guide Sets Out to Detail Local Labour Legislation

3 Oct 2017

The ILO Guide to Myanmar Labour Law 2017, newly-available from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), sets out to provide a comprehensive outline of the country’s employment regulations....Read More


THAILAND: Tax to be Levied on All E-Commerce Transactions Deemed to be Within Thai Jurisdiction

3 Oct 2017

All digital transactions deemed to have been conducted within Thai jurisdiction are set to become taxable under a proposed amendment to the country’s e-Transactions Law....Read More


LAOS: Licences Now Mandatory for Import / Export of Ozone-Depleting Substances

3 Oct 2017

All businesses involved in the export / import of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) or products containing ODS must now secure a licence prior to trading, transporting or distributing such items in Lao...Read More


VIETNAM: Franchise Registration Set to be Abolished as Government Cuts 675 Investment Requirements

28 Sept 2017

Overseas companies will no longer be required to register their franchising operations with Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) prior to granting franchising rights to Vietnamese franchise...Read More


INDONESIA: UNECE Standard Set to be Adopted as National Standard for Several Automotive Parts

27 Sept 2017

The Indonesian National Standard (Standardisasi Nasional Indonesia – SNI) is set to be harmonised with the international UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) standard for several automotive parts...Read More


INDONESIA: Renewed Tax Scrutiny Looms for Assets Not Declared During Nine-Month Amnesty

27 Sept 2017

The Indonesian government is planning to resume its crackdown on the country’s tax evaders by investigating and taxing assets, which were either not reported or misreported during Indonesia’s nine-mon...Read More


PHILIPPINES: New Single Window Customs Service to Integrate with Intra-ASEAN Clearance System

27 Sept 2017

The Philippines’ newly introduced one-stop online trade portal, TradeNet, is now set to also serve as the country’s National Single Window (NSW) system for greater trade facilitation purposes....Read More


THAILAND: Government Approval of EEC Law Confirms Incentives for Coastal Corridor Investors

25 Sept 2017

Incentives stipulated as part of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development plan has now been confirmed, with the Thai cabinet approving the EEC Law on 19 September....Read More


MALAYSIA: Overseas E-Commerce Companies to be Taxed on Malaysian Transactions

25 Sept 2017

Malaysia-based transactions by overseas digital service providers, including e-commerce operators, will become taxable once proposed amendments to the country’s relevant tax laws are enacted....Read More

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