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UK Imports and Exports

HMRC has published the latest UK trade statistics, for October 2016. Two direct quotes speak volumes: “For many years Germany has been our largest trading import partner by value. The USA has been the dominant trading partner for exports for … Continue reading

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HMRC August Trade Statistics and Brexit

HMRC has published statistics for the August 2016 trade in goods. These show that for August the UK was a net importer in goods with the rest of the EU by £7.7 billion. The USA was the UK’s biggest export … Continue reading

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China and Change to Rare Earths Taxation

Tax is often used as a leverage in power politics, always has, always will. Internationally I see China is considering a change to the way it taxes rare earths exports. This matters globally as rare earths are a group of … Continue reading

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Chinese Free Trade Zone in Shanghai vs City Regulation

The new Chinese free trade zone (FTZ) being rolled-out in Shanghai has controlled re-regulation at its core. This includes tax incentives, such as payment of tax by instalments. At the same time the regulation in the City of London makes … Continue reading

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China and EU Agree Trade Deal on Solar Panels

The damaging  trade dispute between the EU and China over solar panels has been  settled by agreement. To meet EU allegations of dumping China  has undertaken to sell a certain proportion of solar panels above a set price.  With Europe … Continue reading

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