With Ik Wei Chong, Samuel Yang
There have recently been a number of reports of owners based in various countries outside China, who have voyage chartered or time chartered vessels to Chinese charterers, whereby Chinese charterers have put owners on notice that they intend to "withhold" amounts from hire or freight payments (ranging between 4.25%-15% of the payment) on the basis that the owners in question are allegedly liable for Business Tax, or Enterprise Income Tax in China, even though the owners are based overseas and ha