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December 15, 2021

EY TradeWatch | Issue 3 2021 edition now available

EY's TradeWatch, issue 3, 2021 outlines key legislative and administrative developments for customs and trade featuring insights and tax alerts from our network of Global Trade professionals trade around the world. It comes in an interactive and easy to share format, with links to articles on and other EY resources, interactive graphics and maps. This edition features a special "Middle East and North Africa" section as well as insights from the following jurisdictions: 


  • How companies should think about their supply chains and geopolitical risks: implications for the trade function

  • WCO: Major changes to the Harmonized System for 1 January 2022

  • Trade as a lever for value creation

  • Understanding whether business can trade tomorrow on today’s strategies: international trade capability and capacity in 2021

  • Insights from

  • Our Global Trade webcasts and podcasts


  • Colombia: Origin audits carried out by the customs administration

  • US: Court of Appeals invalidates Customs regulation restricting excise tax drawback

  • US: Technical Committee on Customs Valuation approves new advisory opinion on a combined royalty


  • Australia and UK Free Trade Agreement 

  • Japan: Additional guidance on RCEP origin application process

Europe, Middle East, India and Africa

  • EU: Trade policy developments

  • EU: Customs valuation developments – statistical values and new guidance

  • EU: Modernized PEM rules entered into force on 1 September 2021 in the majority of PEM countries

  • EU: Emissions – Europe’s new frontier

  • India: faceless assessment of imported goods by Indian Customs

  • Kenya: Customs valuation – the transfer pricing nexus

  • Switzerland: Elimination of import customs duties on industrial goods may enter into force on 1 January 2024

  • UK: New deadlines for importers into GB from EU

  • Focus on Middle East and North Africa:

    • Key international trade and customs developments
    • Key developments by customs authorities across the region
    • Egypt: Government issues customs regulations and makes Advance Cargo Information System mandatory as of 1 October 2021
    • Saudi Arabia: national rules of origin for GCC manufactured goods
    • Saudi Arabia: Guidelines on the VAT e-invoicing regulations
    • Saudi Arabia: General Secretariats of the Customs and Tax Committees merge
    • Saudi Arabia: Challenge to the EU’s provisional anti-dumping duty on monoethylene glycol at the WTO
    • Saudi Arabia and UAE: Third-party rights to participate in WTO panel proceedings
    • UAE: Federal Tax Authority implements new design for digital tax stamps for tobacco products
    • UAE: WTO panel recommends Pakistan withdraw anti-dumping duties imposed on certain imports from the UAE

Why TradeWatch?

In today's global economy, moving goods internationally can be a complex and costly activity. TradeWatch provides timely information about customs and international trade developments to help our clients develop strategies to manage duty costs and the risks of global trade, to improve trade compliance and to increase the operational effectiveness of international supply chains.

Access the latest issue in the form of an interactive PDF, or please find the file attached below.



TradeWatch 2021 | Issue 3


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