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Ministry of Industry and Commerce issues the Decision on the Approval of List of Eligible and Prohibited Wooden Products for Export
Ministry of Industry and Commerce issues the Decision on the Approval of List of Eligible and Prohibited Wooden Products for Export
Ministry of Industry and Commerce issues the Decision on the Approval of List of Eligible and Prohibited Wooden Products for Export that clearly defines definitions, sizes, and photos of eligible and prohibited wooden products for export in comprehensive Decision in order to facilitate implementation for the government authorities.
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Ministry of Finance issued a provision to levy 10% value added tax on passengers' personal effects
Ministry of Finance issued a provision to levy 10% value added tax on passengers' personal effects
Ministry of Finance has issued a Provision on the Levy of 10% Value Added Tax on Passengers' Personal Effects No. 2834/MoF dated 30 August 2016, and an Instruction on the Management of the Levy of 10% Value Added Tax of Passengers' Personal Effects No. 09523/CD, dated 16 September 2016. The levy is exempted for occasional travelers who enter into Lao PDR less than twice a month and their personal effects cost less than 50 USD. However, the exemption will not be granted for frequent travelers.
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Permitted and prohibited forestry products and wooden charcoals for export
Permitted and prohibited forestry products and wooden charcoals for export
In order to implement the guidance and decision of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers at the meeting held on 29th August 2016, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a Notification on the Management and the Export of Forestry Products and Wooden Charcoal which defines forestry products and wooden charcoal that are permitted and prohibited to export.
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The Workshop on Ways to Improve Trade Facilitation
The Workshop on Ways to Improve Trade Facilitation
On 24 November 2016, Department of Import and Export as an office of Trade Facilitation Secretariat had organized “The Workshop on Ways to Improve Trade Facilitation” to raise awareness for trade facilitation secretariat members on the need and the importance to reform trade procedures, regulations and change in management in order to effectively extend the implement the trade facilitation agreement under the World Trade Organization that Lao PDR has ratified.
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Training Session on “Export Control on Dual-Use Goods”
Training Session on “Export Control on Dual-Use Goods”
On 21st-25th November 2016, Department of Import and Export, Ministry of Industry and Commerce jointly with EU CBRN CoE Project 47 had organized a training session on “Export Control on Dual-Use Goods” in order to raise understanding and management skills on dual use goods (for example: chemical substances, minerals those emit radiations and others). The meeting was participated by 35 import-export authorities.
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Ministry of Industry and Commerce orders to shut down 28 factories located in forestry area
Ministry of Industry and Commerce orders to shut down 28 factories located in forestry area
Ministry of Industry and Commerce issued a notification to immediately remove and shut down 28 wood processing factories those located near and inside preserved forest, protected forest, prohibited forest and planted forest. The notification assigns Oudomxay, Bolikhamxay, Xaysomboun, Savanhnakhet, Saravanh and Champasak Provincial Department of Industry and Commerce to coordinate with relevant provincial agencies to implement paragraph 2 point 6 of the Notification of the Prime Minister No. 1345/PMI.DS, dated 7th September 2016 and the authorities shall notify the factory owners to acknowledge and cooperate on the implementation in accordance with government’s decision.
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