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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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Toy Manufacturers to Face Reduced Migration Limit of Hazardous Chemical Bisphenol A

16 June 2017

On 25 May 2017, the European Commission published Directive 2017/898 amending framework Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards Bisphenol A...Read More

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EU Initiates Formal Antitrust Proceedings Against Major Clothing Brand and Retailer

16 June 2017

On 6 June 2017, the European Commission, which is responsible for establishing and enforcing a policy in coherence with the competition law framework for the European Union, initiated formal proceedin...Read More

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Laws Regulating All Types of Medical Devices Published in Official Journal

16 June 2017

Two new Regulations laying down rules on the marketing of medical devices have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. These are Regulation 2017/745 on medical devices (the ‘MD R...Read More

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EU Introduces Supply Chain Due Diligence Obligations for Conflict Minerals

16 June 2017

On 19 May 2017, the European Parliament and Council published Regulation 2017/821 in the Official Journal of the European Union, laying down supply chain due diligence obligations for EU importers of ...Read More

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Measures Proposed to Enhance Functioning of the EU’s Single Market; Hong Kong Traders Could Face Less Red Tape When Doing Business in Multiple Member States

16 June 2017

On 2 May 2017, the European Commission adopted a tri-pack of measures designed to make it easier for businesses and persons to manage their paperwork and regulatory compliance efforts online between M...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

16 June 2017

On 9 June 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/969 imposing definitive countervailing duties on imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy o...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

16 June 2017

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/982 of 7 June 2017 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature....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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Trade Defence Measures on Solar Panels: Canadian Solar Leads New Chinese Appeal While EU Producer Solarworld Forced to File for Bankruptcy

2 June 2017

It was reported on 15 May 2017 that Canadian Solar is leading a new Chinese appeal against EU duties on solar cells and solar panels from mainland China, giving rise to yet another development in the ...Read More

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EU Lawmakers Push for New Mandatory Law in Garments Sector

2 June 2017

On 19 May 2017 the Council of the European Union published its Conclusions on Sustainable Garment Value Chains (GVC). In its conclusions, the Council seeks the prevention of human rights violations an...Read More

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Food Contact Plastics Regulation Subject to Further Amendments

2 June 2017

On 29 April 2017, Regulation 2017/52 amending and correcting Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food was published in the Official Journal of the E...Read More

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Footwear Saga: German Shoe Retailer Claims Illegal Recalculation of Duties

2 June 2017

In continuance of the longwinded footwear saga, on 11 May 2017 German retailer Deichmann argued before the EU’s highest court that EU investigators illegally recalculated anti-dumping duties on Chines...Read More

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EU Plans to Limit D4 and D5 Substances in Cosmetics and Cleaning Items

2 June 2017

Hong Kong traders of an array of goods, from cosmetics to cleaning (e.g., dry cleaning) products, should be warned that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has submitted an intention to prepare a res...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

2 June 2017

On 23 May 2017, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of a partial interim review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of threaded tube or pipe cast fittings, of malleabl...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

2 June 2017

Commission Directive (EU) 2017/898 of 24 May 2017 amending, for the purpose of adopting specific limit values for chemicals used in toys, Appendix C to Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European...Read More

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