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French Minister Announces Implementation of a Digital Services Tax

15 Jan 2019

Towards the end of 2018, Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister for the Economy and Finance, announced that France would be implementing a national digital services tax (“DST”) as of 1 January 2019, to t...Read More

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EU and Japan Seal ‘EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement’ Deal

15 Jan 2019

The parties to the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement aim to improve trade in goods and services as well as to create opportunities for investment. This agreement will further improve the positio...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

15 Jan 2019

Notice concerning the anti-subsidy measures in force on imports of certain rainbow trout originating in Turkey: change of name of a company subject to the countervailing duty rate for cooperating non-...Read More

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European Commission Publishes ‘Roadmap’ on Standard Chargers for Mobile Phones in the EU

10 Jan 2019

The European Commission has opened up its ‘roadmap’ – i.e., Inception Impact Assessment (“IIA”) - for the ‘Common chargers for mobile telephones and other compatible devices’ initiative, and has asked...Read More

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European Commission Notifies WTO of Proposed Definitive Steel Safeguard Measures: Some Mainland Chinese Exports to Fall Within Their Scope

9 Jan 2019

The investigation was launched on 26 March 2018 as part of the EU’s response to the decision by the United States to impose tariffs on steel products (the so-called US Section 232 measures). It showed...Read More

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EU Lawmakers Reach an Agreement over New Directive on Single-use Plastics

8 Jan 2019

Single-use plastic products are defined as those made wholly - or partly - of plastic and those which are typically intended to be used just once - or for a short period of time - before they are thro...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

8 Jan 2019

Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union....Read More

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EU Opens New Quotas, Reduces Tariffs for Large Number of Products

4 Jan 2019

Council Regulation 2018/2069 is the first of the two new Regulations. It amends Regulation 1387/2013 (a so-called Framework Regulation), which suspends the autonomous common customs tariff duties on c...Read More

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New Regulation Will Restrict Phthalates in Consumer Goods EU-wide

3 Jan 2019

Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation, into which the core provisions of Commission Regulation 2018/2005 will be inserted, prohibits or restricts the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain...Read More

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High Non-compliance with REACH Registration Requirements Denounced

2 Jan 2019

According to an announcement from the influential EU non-governmental organisation known as the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), “companies are breaking EU law by marketing hundreds of potentially...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

2 Jan 2019

Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union....Read More

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Duration of Safeguard Investigation Concerning Imports of Certain Steel Products Extended by Two Months for Reasons Related to Overwhelming Workload

31 Dec 2018

On 19 December 2018, the European Commission published a notice in the EU’s Official Journal which extends the duration of the safeguard investigation into imports of certain steel products. The notic...Read More

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France Adopts New Information Requirements for Automotive Parts Derived from the Circular Economy

27 Dec 2018

In April 2019, an Order issued by the French Ministry for Economy and published in France’s Official Journal will enter into effect, relating to the information which professional service and repair p...Read More

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European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade publishes Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List

27 Dec 2018

On 7 December 2018, the European Commission published the new Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List. The Watch List elaborates upon e-commerce and physical marketplaces outside the EU that have been repor...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

27 Dec 2018

Official Journal Summary for Week ending 24 December 2018. Topic: Notice extending the duration of the safeguard investigation concerning imports of certain steel products (OJS/COM DOC: C457)....Read More

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New Demands Made for Circular Economy-compliant Carpets in Light of Report Revealing High Levels of Toxins

20 Dec 2018

For the purposes of the October report regarding the European carpets market, samples were selected from several large European carpets suppliers. It is reported that a number of chemical groups were ...Read More

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Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Prohibited Substances in Christmas Decorations

19 Dec 2018

Following the investigation, the companies marketing these products ceased their sales of the products concerned. Hong Kong businesses should be aware that the infringements led to administrative fine...Read More

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