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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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EU Lawmakers Adopt Negotiating Position on New Trade Defence Methodology, Agreeing to Further Toughen Anti-dumping Rules

30 June 2017

On 20 June 2017, EU lawmakers arrived at a decision on the position of the European Parliament for negotiating with all EU governments on the new rules concerning the calculation of anti-dumping dutie...Read More

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New Deadlock in EU Trade Defence Reform

16 June 2017

As the EU’s legislative process for trade defence reform moves into the hands of the European Parliament, a new impasse has arisen. The vote of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Researc...Read More

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Commission’s Threat to Speed Up Adoption of New EU Anti-dumping Rules Criticised; Parliament Likely to Remain Tough

2 June 2017

It was reported on 19 May 2017 that the European Commission has exhorted EU lawmakers to speed up adoption of the new EU anti-dumping methodology, warning that anti-dumping duties on imports from main...Read More

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Member States Reach Accord on New Anti-dumping Rules

19 May 2017

On 3 May 2017, EU Member States finally managed to reach a political compromise on a new methodology to combat dumping. The new anti-dumping methodology is aimed at detecting and redressing distortion...Read More

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Anti-dumping Reform: EU Governments Strive for Compromise, but Disagreements Persist

5 May 2017

On 21 April 2017, Italy reportedly opposed the European Council compromise on the EU’s future anti-dumping rules. Italy’s government stated that it was “firmly opposed” to a Council compromise put for...Read More

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European Parliament Approves Tougher Safety and Traceability Rules for Medical Devices

21 April 2017

On 5 April 2017, the European Parliament formally approved two proposed Regulations imposing stricter rules on the safety of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices. The proposals, whi...Read More

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Restriction of Phthalates in Wide Variety of Consumer Goods Foreseen

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) reported that its two main committees have agreed on a restriction proposal concerning four phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP) contained in art...Read More

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EU Moves Closer to Accord on Modernisation of Trade Defence Instruments

24 March 2017

The EU is determined to see through its long-standing efforts to overhaul its trade defence instruments. At an informal EU trade ministers’ meeting of 3 March 2017, a majority of ministers supported t...Read More

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EU Continues High-Level Talks on Modernising Trade Defence Instruments

10 March 2017

The EU is – as reported by multiple sources – determined to see through its long-standing efforts to overhaul its trade defence instruments. Often faced with criticisms over its anti-dumping and anti-...Read More

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New Far-reaching Restrictions on Flame Retardant “decaBDE” to Enter into Force

24 Feb 2017

On 10 February 2017, the Official Journal published Regulation 2017/227 introducing further restrictions on the use of bis(pentabromophenyl) ether, more commonly referred to as decaBDE. This is a wide...Read More

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