This weekend I and our oldest daughter visited the annual national Swedish Bookfair in Gothenburg.

The book fair has been postponed the last years due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

We are both readers, my daughter and I, reading plus 50 books a year, so it was great to be able to visit the fair again.

I have several friends that have published books this year, and that we meet at the fair, like Patrick Ekwall, Olof Lundh, Anders Roslund & Janne Josefsson.

I also met one of my all-time favourite writers, South African crime novel writer Deon Meyer. It turned out that we have some common friends in South Africa.

I got a lot of books – some with dedications.

We also listened to many seminars and talks with authors and had some good food. Great weekend with Louise.

Many companies don’t realize how important it is to have a good system for trade and customs compliance. The correct HS code when doing import and export really matters. Not only can the correct code and a transparent compliance model save money from day one, it can also reduce risk and manage liability. When Governments all around the wirld are getting increasibgly autonated and when recenue collection comes into focus in a post-pandemic world, it can become a challenge to meet the requirments for many colpanies. In addition, classification and documentation sometimes is challenged, often long time after the events took place.

In a case this week as reported by Reuters Thailand Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that the local unit of Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) owed the government 10 billion baht ($272.11 million) in extra taxes for importing components not subject to a reduced tariff.

The court was handling an appeal against a 2019 ruling that the company must pay duties on some parts imported from Japan, which were for its Prius gas-electric hybrid model assembled in Thailand between 2010 and 2012.

The court agreed with the previous decision that the imported items should be treated as complete knock-down kits, with an 80% tariff rate, instead of as auto parts, meaning they were not eligible for a reduced rate of 30% under a Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA).

Toyota’s Thailand unit in a written statement said it was paying the lower tax rate for imported Prius parts based on JTEPA, but it respected the ruling and would comply.

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Source: Reuters

Today I moderated the opening high-level panel session of the Trade Facilitation Innovation Days 2022 under the title ’Turbocharging Trade Technology’.

Great discussion, excellent proposals & high interaction with the audience. This was a timely event organized by UNCTAD & GATF.