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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 issues a Notification on the Management and the Export of Forestry Products and Wooden Charcoal which stipulates forestry products and wooden charcoal that are permitted and prohibited to export.
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Ministry of Finance issues a Notification to manage goods containers at Friendship Bridge I Border Checkpoint
Ministry of Finance issues a Notification to manage goods containers at Friendship Bridge I Border Checkpoint
Ministry of Finance has issued a Notification to streamline clearance procedures at Friendship Bridge I Border Checkpoint and container yard at Thanaleng Train Station. It specifies that containers of fuel, flammable substances, live animals and food items shall park and declare their goods at customs checkpoint at Friendship Bridge I. However, goods containers aiming to pay customs and tax, where goods are to be stored at the warehouse for more than 04 months and others goods which are prone to smuggling, the container shall park or store them at Thanaleng warehouse to declare customs in details. Further, for customs-tariff exempted products or goods for investment projects and governments, containers shall park or store them in container yard at Thanaleng train station.
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Xepone District seized and destroyed the import of contaminated animal’s internal organ
Xepone District seized and destroyed the import of contaminated animal’s internal organ
In late August, Agricultural and Forestry Office of Xepone District, Savannakhet Province had seized the import of internal organs without import permission and contaminated with formalin in the amount of almost 50 Kgs from aboard. The products were destroyed at the same day.
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The Government identifies wooden and forestry products that are permitted and prohibited to export
The Government identifies wooden and forestry products that are permitted and prohibited to export
H. E. Dr. Chaleun Yiapaoher, Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office and Government Spokesman spoke at a press conference on the initial achievements of the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Order no. 15/PM, dated 13 May 2016 on Enhancing Strictness on the Management and Inspection of Timber Exploitation, Timber Movement and Timber Business last week. The press conference emphasized some achievements and unfulfillments of the implementation, and also revealed the decision of the government in identifying wooden and forestry products that are permitted and prohibited for export.
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Trade Facilitation Secretariat reviews progress on the implementation of trade facilitation strategic plan
Trade Facilitation Secretariat reviews progress on the implementation of trade facilitation strategic plan
Department of Import and Export, Ministry of Industry and Commerce as an office of trade facilitation secretariat organized the Fifth Trade Facilitation Secretariat Meeting on 31st August 2016, at Don Chan Palace Hotel. The meeting invited more than 60 trade facilitation secretariat (TFS) members. The main purpose of the meeting is to report a progress on the implementation of the trade facilitation strategic plan of the past one year and to adopt a plan for second half of 2016.
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