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EU Plans Introduction of Surveillance Mechanism on Aluminium Imports, Paving Way for Possible Safeguard Investigation

20 April 2018

On 9 April 2018, it was reported that the European Commission will soon put into place a surveillance mechanism on imports of aluminium products, which could pave the way for a possible safeguard inve...Read More


Commission Takes Action Against EU Funds Being Routed Through Non-cooperative Tax Jurisdictions

20 April 2018

On 21 March 2018, the European Commission set out a range of countermeasures to back up its common list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. These countermeasures take the form of guidelines which wi...Read More


Guideline for Producers and Importers on Banned “PAHs” Found in Consumer Goods Including Clothing, Footwear and Toys

20 April 2018

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a guideline in March 2018 which is intended to assist producers, importers and distributors. The guideline concerns the restriction of polycyclic aromati...Read More


Danish Agency Warns Against “Squishy” Toys, While Consumers Are Warned of Strong Chemical Smells and the Importance of the CE Mark on Toys

20 April 2018

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has issued an announcement urging consumers to avoid perfumed “squishy” toys, indicating that many perfume substances are allergenic. According to the Agency...Read More


New Rules Proposed on Digital Taxation

6 April 2018

On 21 March 2018, the European Commission proposed two Directives concerning the taxation of the digital economy. The proposals’ goals are to ensure fair corporate taxation, to foster a competitive ec...Read More


Opinion from Highest EU Court on Energy Labelling of Vacuum Cleaners Could Have Ramifications for Other Appliances As Well

6 April 2018

An opinion delivered by an Advocate General of the EU’s Court of Justice contends that suppliers and dealers of vacuum cleaners may not use supplementary labels which reproduce or clarify the informat...Read More


Brexit: EU and UK Agree 21-month Transition Period in Conditional Agreement

6 April 2018

On 19 March 2018, the European Commission published a draft agreement on Brexit following three days of talks between the EU and UK negotiators. The agreement marks a significant step in the UK’s with...Read More


Triggering of EU Law Imminent to Further Restrict Allergy-causing Substance “MI” in Cosmetic Products

6 April 2018

As from 27 April 2018, only cosmetic products which comply with a particular Regulation dating from 2017 may be made available by sellers on the European Union market. The law concerned is Regulation ...Read More


Commission Outlines Plan to Extend Trade Defence Instruments to Goods Brought to the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf

23 March 2018

On 6 March 2018, the European Commission published a proposal on Trade Defence Instruments (TDIs). This Working Paper from the Customs Expert Group recommended three key reforms....Read More


EU Works on Countermeasures Against US Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium, Including Possibility of Safeguard Measures Affecting Imports from All Non-EU Countries

23 March 2018

On 8 March 2018, the US issued two Presidential Proclamations on adjusting imports of steel and aluminium into that country, announcing President Trump’s decision to impose a 25 percent ad valorem tar...Read More


Effect of Brexit on Food Laws and How Hong Kong Traders of Foodstuffs May Be Affected

23 March 2018

The European Commission has published a notice titled “Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU Food Law”. It points out that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK establish...Read More


Parliamentarians Call for Broadening of Ecodesign Rules to Include “Obsolescence”

23 March 2018

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) representing the main European Parliament political groups have called for a review of EU rules on ecodesign. On 26 February 2018 the Committee on the Environ...Read More


EU Enforcement Project Finds High Levels of Restricted Chemicals in Toys, Jewellery and Other Consumer Goods

9 March 2018

In February 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a report on the fourth REACH-EN-FORCE (REF-4) project of its Enforcement Forum. The project aims to raise awareness of chemical restric...Read More


European Commission Amends Regulation on Food Contact Materials

9 March 2018

On 8 February 2018, new Commission Regulation 2018/79 entered into force. The new Regulation adds conditions and restrictions regarding certain plastics, uses and substances for food packaging. This n...Read More


Sweden to Ban Microplastics in Some Cosmetics Products

9 March 2018

On 1 February 2018, the Swedish government announced plans to ban the sale of rinse-off cosmetic products containing microplastics from July this year, to help reduce plastic marine litter. The ban, d...Read More


Withdrawal of the UK: Its Effect on EU Importers, Authorised Representatives and Product Compliance in the Field of Consumer Goods

9 March 2018

The European Commission has published a document analysing the impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on non-food and non-agricultural products. The document discusses products that will be placed ...Read More


Smart Toys Pose Risks Related to the Capturing of Personal Data, Claims Report Issued by German Ministry

23 Feb 2018

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (the Ministry) has issued an announcement drawing attention to data protection concerns raised by increasingly popular smart toys. Accord...Read More


EU Updates Tax Havens Blacklist: Eight Jurisdictions Removed Following Commitments

23 Feb 2018

An update regarding the EU’s ‘tax haven blacklist’ has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. As reported in Regulatory Alert-EU: EU Tax Haven Lists Highlight International Disa...Read More


Solar Panel Producers Challenge Decision to Retroactively Impose Duties, While European Parliament Discusses New Rules Which Might Affect Solar Panels Growth

23 Feb 2018

On 5 February 2018, two notices of action were published in the EU’s Official Journal, one brought by Kraftpojkarna (a Swedish producer of solar panels) and another brought by Wuxi Saijing Solar (a Ch...Read More


Regulations Published on the EU-wide Harmonised Classification of a Mattress Cover and an Electrical Apparatus

23 Feb 2018

Two new Commission Regulations entered into force during the month of February, concerning the classification of goods in the EU’s Combined Nomenclature (CN). The first one concerns the harmonised cla...Read More

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