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The Ministry of Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade issued Resolution No. 001-20231 whereby it adds 64 tariff codes to Appendix I of the Decree No. 4,757 of 29 December 2022, establishing exemptions from the payment of value-added tax and import charges on imports of several goods.

The 2023 Guide to Doing Business in the United Arab Emirates is your simple but comprehensive guide to understanding and navigating the current investment climate and the most important laws regulating investments and commercial activities in the UAE.
The guide features various topics, including the history, geography and economy of the UAE, the legal and judicial systems, foreign investment models, real estate ownership and leasehold, and employment. It also provides a comparison of the available legal investment vehicles that may potentially be used to enter the UAE market.

The Resolution ACC/747/2023, of 6 March 2023, was published in the Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya (the Official Gazette of the Catalan Government). Said Resolution declared the state of exceptionality due to hydrological drought in the exploitation units of the Llobregat Reservoirs, Ter Reservoirs and Ter-Llobregat Reservoirs and modified the states of hydrological and pluviometric drought of other exploitation units in Catalonia (Spain)

The new Act on Screening of Foreign Investments – revamping the foreign direct investment screening mechanism in Slovakia – entered into force on 1 March 2023. Drawing from the EU FDI Regulation, the new FIR Act will have significant impact on inbound investments meeting specific legal criteria into Slovakia by non-EU investors.

There are already big reforms planned for the UK Trade Remedies Authority – less than two years after its establishment – and for the overall operation of the UK trade remedies regime. On 9 March 2023, the UK Government announced changes to its trade remedies regime to transition to a more complex investigatory regime.

Baker McKenzie’s Sanctions Blog published the alert titled BIS, DOJ and OFAC publish compliance note warning public of Russian evasions of export controls and sanctions on 10 March 2023. Read the article via the link here. Please also visit our Sanctions Blog for the most recent updates.

The Brazilian Secretariat of Foreign Trade issued on 8 March 2023 a new ordinance that renders the assessment of public interest (API) an optional proceeding in original dumping and subsidy investigations. Under the previous regulation, the API was mandatory in such original investigations and thus initiated ex officio by the Brazilian Department of Trade Defense, together with the opening of every new investigation.