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Cross-border Payments in Euro to Become Cheaper Across Whole EU, with Resulting Benefits bor Both Consumers and Businesses

20 April 2018

On 28 March 2018, the European Commission issued two proposals which should be beneficial for Hong Kong sellers across the EU that routinely make and receive cross-border payments. The aim of the prop...Read More

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Safeguard Investigation Initiated into Steel Imports Entering EU Market

6 April 2018

On 26 March 2018, the EU unleashed its safeguard investigation into certain steel imports entering the EU market. By means of the notice of initiation, which was published in the EU’s Official Journal...Read More

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Public Consultation Launched into Possible Customs Law on Binding Valuation of Goods

23 March 2018

Hong Kong traders may like to be informed that on 1 March 2018, the European Commission launched a public consultation on whether to introduce a legal basis for decisions on Binding Valuation Informat...Read More

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Consumer Protection: European Parliament Approves EU-wide Rules for Defective Products

9 March 2018

On 22 February 2018, the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee approved a single set of rules to ensure consumers buying online or face-to-face in a local shop obtain...Read More

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New Law on Textile Fibre Names Introduces Changes in Existing Law

23 Feb 2018

Hong Kong’s textiles and clothing exporters should be alerted to a new law, Commission Delegated Regulation 2018/122, which entered into force on 15 February 2018, and concerns EU legislation on texti...Read More

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EU Publishes Guidance on New Data Protection Law; Important Questions Relevant to Hong Kong Traders Answered

9 Feb 2018

On 24 January 2018, the European Commission published a toolkit with guidance for various stakeholders, including citizens and businesses, on how to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation ...Read More

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Opening of Quotas and Suspension of Tariffs by EU Could Lead to Trading Opportunities for Hong Kong Sellers

26 Jan 2018

On 1 January 2018, two product-related Regulations which were published in the EU’s Official Journal began to apply EU-wide. One of these opens and provides for the management of autonomous tariff quo...Read More

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New EU Anti-dumping Methodology Enters into Force, Together with Publication of Commission’s Report on Mainland China

12 Jan 2018

The EU’s new anti-dumping methodology, set out in Regulation (EU) 2017/2321, was published in the Official Journal on 19 December 2017. The legislation, which entered into force on 20 December 2017, s...Read More

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After Approval of New Anti-dumping Methodology, EU Reaches Landmark Deal on Modernisation of EU’s Trade Defence Instruments

15 Dec 2017

On 5 December 2017, after long and difficult negotiations, the Commission, the Council of Member States’ ministers and the European Parliament reached a political agreement on the modernisation of the...Read More

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European Parliament Formally Endorses New EU Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Rules, Paving the Way for Their Entry into Force Within This Year

1 Dec 2017

On 15 November 2017, the European Parliament formally approved the EU’s new legislation on the amendment of the existing rules on dumped and subsidised imports from third countries, such as mainland C...Read More

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Latest Proposal from European Parliament Suggests Significant Change to the Way EU Calculates Anti-dumping Tariffs

17 Nov 2017

The European Parliament has proposed significant changes to the way in which anti-dumping tariffs are calculated. The latest draft position from the European Parliament specifies that EU investigators...Read More

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Imports Can Retroactively Qualify for Reduced Anti-dumping Duty Rate, According to EU’s Highest Court

3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong traders may like to take note of a recent judgment of the European Court of Justice, in which it considered that importers should be allowed to retroactively demonstrate to national customs ...Read More

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EU Secures Compromise Proposal on Reform of New Anti-dumping Rules: New Rules Expected to Enter into Force on 1 January 2018

20 Oct 2017

On 3 October 2017, negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council of Member States’ ministers sealed a deal on the new EU methodology to combat dumping from third countries. In the latest co...Read More

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European Commission Introduces Decreased and Variable MIP on Solar Cells and Modules from Mainland China, Attracting Fierce Criticism from EU Industry

6 Oct 2017

As of 2 October 2017, the European Commission has replaced the original price undertaking on solar cells and solar modules from mainland China by a new, reduced and variable minimum import price (MIP)...Read More

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European Parliament Publishes Study on Trade Scenarios in a Post-Brexit Europe: Significant Impact on Traders Inevitable

22 Sept 2017

On 9 August 2017, the European Parliament published a Study on the Legal Implications of Brexit. The study covers key trade aspects such as the EU’s customs union, the internal market for goods and se...Read More

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European Commission Publishes Notice on Market Surveillance of Products Sold Online

8 Sept 2017

A Commission Notice on the market surveillance of products sold online has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Notice is important for Hong Kong traders selling all kinds...Read More

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UK Reveals Ambitious ‘Customs Union’ Plan in Newly Published Paper

25 Aug 2017

On 15 August 2017, the UK Government published a paper which sets out options for new customs arrangements between the UK and the EU as part of a “future partnership”, post-March 2019. The UK will be ...Read More

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Solar Panels from China: EU to Lower Minimum Import Price in September 2017

11 Aug 2017

In yet another development in the EU’s longstanding trade defence proceedings against solar panels and solar cells from mainland China, it appears that the European Commission intends to reduce its so...Read More

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Start of Trilogue Talks on Final Text of New Anti-dumping Rules

28 July 2017

On 5 July 2017, the European Parliament gave its green light to start negotiations with EU Member State ministers on the final text of the EU’s new anti-dumping regulation. The European Parliament aim...Read More

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EU Creates Trading Opportunities by Increasing Quotas, Eliminating Customs Duties for Certain Industrial and Agricultural Imports

14 July 2017

On 27 June 2017, the EU’s Official Journal published Council Regulation 2017/1133 amending Regulation 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the EU for certa...Read More

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