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EU’s Highest Court Annuls Duties Imposed on Two Chinese Fastener Producers

21 April 2017

Eight years after the initial imposition of the anti-dumping duties on fasteners from mainland China, the EU Court of Justice – in its judgment released on 5 April 2017 – annulled the anti-dumping dut...Read More


Future Eco-rules for Servers Move Forward, While Initiatives for More Efficient Electric Kettles Lose Steam

21 April 2017

The European Commission has tabled ecodesign provisions to improve the resource efficiency of servers and other data storage products as of 2019. Separately, Commission officials also commented on the...Read More


Bans on Hazardous Substances Could Be Extended to Imported Goods

21 April 2017

Hong Kong sellers to the EU market may already know that Annex XIV of the notoriously complex REACH Regulation contains a list of substances which have already been classified as ‘substances of very h...Read More


Deficient EU Tracking of Hazardous Chemicals: Report Presents Two Case Studies Relevant to Consumer Goods Traders

21 April 2017

A new report published on behalf of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) earlier this year has highlighted the failure of the current EU legal framework to ensure that information on dangerous chem...Read More


Mainland China Pursues WTO Case Against EU Anti-dumping Methodology

7 April 2017

At the meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on 21 March 2017, the EU – as expected – blocked mainland China’s initial request for a WTO investigation into the manner in which the EU calculates i...Read More


Energy Efficiency Labels to be Revised after Hard Fought Negotiations

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the EU Council and Parliament finally brokered a deal on the text of a Commission proposal to reform energy efficiency labels placed on household products such as refrigerators, cook...Read More


EU Council Adopts Directive Imposing Tight Restrictions on Concentration of Lead in Toys

7 April 2017

On 27 March 2017, the EU Council adopted a new Council Directive reducing the permitted concentration of lead in toys. The text is identical to the Commission’s Proposal on the same matter tabled on 9...Read More


European Parliament Wants Enforceable Provisions on Textile Trade

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Development adopted a Draft Report requesting a Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on an EU flagship initiative in the garment sector....Read More


Developments in Trade Defence Measures on Solar Panels

24 March 2017

New developments have arisen in the longstanding solar panels case. While SolarWorld, a European solar producer, continues its legal challenge against the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar...Read More


Up-to-date List of EU Harmonised Standards Published for “Radio Equipment” Marketed in the EU

24 March 2017

On 11 March 2017, the Official Journal published a European Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of Directive 2014/53/EC relating to the making available on the market of ra...Read More


As UK Parliament Gives Approval for Brexit, House of Lords Continues to Push for a “Comprehensive” Trade Deal with the EU

24 March 2017

On 13 March 2017, the UK Parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17 (the “Brexit Bill”) granting approval for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 of th...Read More


Banned Chemicals Found in Consumer Electronics Pursuant to Swedish Survey

24 March 2017

In a survey of last year that culminated in the release of a revelatory report, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) released a finding that nearly four out of ten low-priced electronic products contai...Read More


WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Enters into Force: Benefits Abound for Hong Kong, Other Traders on EU Market

10 March 2017

On 22 February 2017 – for the first time since the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995 – the WTO managed to enact a multilateral trade deal that has been negotiated among all 1...Read More


Product Durability and Planned Obsolescence Key Area of Action for European Parliament

10 March 2017

Members of the European Parliament are increasing their efforts to ensure product durability as a key area of action for the EU. This change in pace is reflected in the recent publication of two key d...Read More


EU Ecolabelling for Textiles to be Amended, While New Decision Published for Floorings

10 March 2017

In recent weeks, there have been a number of important developments in the area of EU Ecolabelling, the voluntary scheme allowing traders to label their products as having a reduced environmental impa...Read More


Merger between Suppliers of Toddler Electronic Learning Toys and Child Laptops/Tablets Approved

10 March 2017

In January 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority, which is the UK competition authority, announced that it has approved the merger between toy company VTech Holdings Limited and rival toy suppli...Read More


Reform of EU Trade Defence Instruments to be Discussed in Three-way Institutional Talks

24 Feb 2017

It is reported that the new rules concerning the EU’s trade defence instruments are to be negotiated in so-called trilogues between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of ...Read More


EU Extends Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Duties on Chinese Solar Cells and Solar Panels

24 Feb 2017

On 17 February 2017, EU Member State delegates voted on the highly controversial European Commission proposal to counter unfair pricing methods and state aid linked to solar cells and solar panels ori...Read More


Commission Proposes to Exclude Used Electronics from Restrictions

24 Feb 2017

On 26 January 2017, the European Commission unveiled a new proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); the current EU legislation setting out restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substanc...Read More


EU Harmonises Classification of Certain Items

24 Feb 2017

In early February 2017, the European Commission has published six regulations concerning the classification of goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN). These goods consist of a single glass shelf, thu...Read More

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