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Future EU Law on Single Use Plastics to Be Voted on by European Parliament, but Criticism of Its Key Provisions Abound

18 Sept 2018

On 28 May 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on single-use plastics (SUPs). This draft law envisages banning a number of frequently used products – such as plastic st...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

18 Sept 2018

On 14 September 2018, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/1236 terminating the investigation concerning the possible circumvention of the anti-dumping measures impos...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

18 Sept 2018

Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of Directive 2014/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to ...Read More

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Unfair Trade Practices: European Parliament Holds Debate on Future Law, with Suppliers and Retailers of Foodstuffs to Be Affected

17 Sept 2018

Freedom of contract has long underpinned business to business (B2B) relationships, as distinguished from business to consumer (B2C) relationships which are heavily regulated in the EU. In B2B scenario...Read More

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EU Finance Ministers Debate Digital Services Tax

13 Sept 2018

In March this year, the Commission had suggested a two-step approach: a common EU solution for digital activities in the long run, and the introduction of an interim tax of 3% on digital services in t...Read More

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EU Customs-related Regulations Published Classifying a Type of Footwear, Among Others

12 Sept 2018

On 30 August 2018, the Official Journal published Regulations 2018/1207, 2018/1208 and 2018/1209, which each classifies the articles described below. Hong Kong traders or their agents importing these ...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

10 Sept 2018

Crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells) as further described in Article 1 of Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/367....Read More

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Official Journal Summary

10 Sept 2018

Notice of expiry of certain ant-subsidy measures (stainless steel wires from India)....Read More

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Significance of a No-deal Brexit on Rules Governing Product Safety; UK Publishes Product Standards Strategy

10 Sept 2018

Under WTO-only rules, Hong Kong companies with their business hubs in the UK that wish to circulate their goods elsewhere in Europe would have to prove they meet all of the EU’s product standards and ...Read More

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Halogen Lamps to Be Phased out As New EU Ecodesign Rules Enter into Force

5 Sept 2018

On 1 September 2018, the EU’s plan to phase out halogen lightbulbs entered into force. The new rules, which were adopted under the EU’s framework Ecodesign Directive, will see a gradual ban on new hal...Read More

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Jubilation Among Importers as Notices are Published Officially Ending Hefty Duties on Solar Panels

4 Sept 2018

The Commission additionally confirmed the expiry on its website. It stated that “after considering the needs of both producers and those using or importing solar panels the Commission decided it was i...Read More

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EU Decides to Reject Calls Made by EU Solar Panel Manufacturers for Extension of Trade Defence Measures

29 Aug 2018

Hong Kong businesses involved with the export of solar panels from mainland China to the EU will have been holding their breath over whether the European Commission would give in to the EU industry’s ...Read More

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EU Updates Rules on Wood Packaging Materials for Specified Chinese Commodities

27 Aug 2018

As Hong Kong traders with exporting interests in mainland China may recall, Decision 2013/92/EU had subjected wood packaging materials for certain commodities to supervision by Member States’ customs ...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

27 Aug 2018

Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Pa...Read More

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The EU’s New Circular Economy Package May Have Consequences for Hong Kong’s Textile Sellers

23 Aug 2018

The new EU circular economy package, which entered into force on 4 July 2018, lays down recycling targets and strict rules on waste management. By 2025, EU countries will have to recycle 55% of their ...Read More

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France Declares “War on Plastics” with Measures Planned Against Its Abundant Use: Retail Sector to be Affected

21 Aug 2018

Hong Kong’s trading community may recollect that, in April this year, the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a Circular Economy Plan aimed at transforming the French economy. This plan u...Read More

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