A decent Black Friday. Overall businesses record improvement over last year but sales levels fall shy of 2019.
26 November 2021
The usual popularity of gadgets, electronics and appliances was this year once again re-confirmed Following...
Good news for retailers investing or planning to invest in Vietnam and Malaysia: in the framework of its Market Access Partnership, the European Commission will tackle your market access barriers to these countries as a priority, among a small number of priority issues for specific countries.
Vietnam: Economic Needs Tests
On 1st January 2009, Vietnam opened its distribution market to 100% foreign ownership as part of its WTO commitments. However, Vietnam has scheduled an Economic Needs Test (ENT) for any outlet beyond the first one. There seems to be no implementing legislation to clarify the ENT criteria, which results in discretionary interpretation by different local authorities of the criteria contained in the GATS schedule. The lack of implementing rules, in particular clarification of ENTs, is creating legal uncertainty for EU companies.
Malaysia: Discriminatory Constraints on Foreign Operators and Lack of Transparency
New guidelines regulating Distributive Trade will come into force in March. These will:
Also of interest to retailers could be the following market access case which the Commission identified with regard to Tunisia:
Tunisia: Alcoholic Beverages – Non-Transparent Import Procedures, Restrictions
Non-transparent import procedures (imports through a single private monopoly and lack of transparency concerning import licences) and discriminatory import duties lead to import restrictions. These practices substantially hinder the access of European alcoholic beverages to the Tunisian market and explain why EU exports of wines and spirits fall short of their potential in Tunisia.
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