* ICC – Guide to International Franchising
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published a practical guide to help business people understand why, how and when to use franchising to expand into new foreign markets.
Check the “Using Franchising to Take Your Business International: ICC Strategies and guidance for master franchising, area development and other arrangements”.——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* US & Singapore – FATCA Agreement
United States and Singapore have initialled the text of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
Check here for more.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* EU & Japan – FTA by 2015
The European Union (EU) and Japan agreed to a one-year review that should lead to the “early conclusion of a highly comprehensive and ambitious” free trade agreement (FTA).
Read more here.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* US & Israel – Reach FATCA Agreement
United States and Israel have concluded the text of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
See more following the link.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* USTR Releases Annual Report on Intellectual Property Rights
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its annual “Special 301” Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR).
Find the Press Release here.
* ICC – New Model International Sale Contract
4 March 2013, Paris
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has released the updated Model International Sale Contract including an interactive digital version.
The new model permits companies and lawyers to define their own reliable import-export agreements that are in line with Incoterms® 2010 and the latest developments in international trade.
Visit the ICC Commercial Law and Practice Commission.
Check here for more.
* US Foreign Trade Policy
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the ”2013 Trade Policy Agenda and 2012 Annual Report”.
Please find the 2013 Agenda and 2012 Report here.
Also, USTR published its 2013-2016 Strategic Plan.
* New Zealand and Chile Signed FTA
New Zealand and Chile signed a free trade agreement (FTA).
* UN Strength Sanctions on North Korea
7 March 2013
The United Nations Security Council tightened sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s trade and banking.
Check the Press Release.