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UK Government Sets Out Proposal for New Free Trade Area Ensuring Frictionless Trade and Continued Regulatory Alignment

10 Aug 2018

On 12 July 2018, the UK government published a White Paper setting out its plans for a future relationship with the EU. Two areas will be of special interest to Hong Kong businesses: the UK’s proposal...Read More

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Commission Imposes Provisional Safeguard Measures on Steel Products

27 July 2018

On 18 July 2018, Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/1013 imposing provisional safeguard measures with regard to imports of certain steel products was published in the Official Journal of the EU. ...Read More

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EU Opens New Quotas, Reduces Tariffs, in Relation to Wide Array of Products

13 July 2018

On 27 June 2018, two Regulations were published in the EU’s Official Journal which are likely to be of some interest to Hong Kong sellers. One of these opens and provides for the management of autonom...Read More

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Reform of the EU’s Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Legislation Enters into Force

29 June 2018

On 7 June 2018, Regulation 2018/825 was published in the Official Journal, bringing about significant amendments to the EU’s anti-dumping and anti-subsidy legislation. The amendments came into force o...Read More

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Certain Commonly Used Plastic Products to Be Banned, Others to Require Marking and Face Other Measures

15 June 2018

On 28 May 2018, the European Commission published its much debated draft law targeting single use plastics (SUPs). The future law will, it is intended, ban a number of frequently used products – such ...Read More

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New EU Data Protection Regulation Set to Have Impact on Hong Kong Companies Operating in the EU

1 June 2018

On 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) became directly applicable throughout the European Union. This new instrument, which establishes a harmonised set of rules on the ...Read More

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European Commission Takes Further Action Against Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 May 2018

On 26 April 2018, the European Commission received backing from the EU’s REACH Committee to take further action against hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems....Read More

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EU Council of Member States Approves New Legal Framework for Trade Defence Measures

4 May 2018

On 16 April 2018, the Council of Member States’ ministers approved the so called “modernisation package” of the EU’s trade defence rules. This followed a political agreement reached together with the ...Read More

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Cross-border Payments in Euro to Become Cheaper Across Whole EU, with Resulting Benefits bor Both Consumers and Businesses

20 April 2018

On 28 March 2018, the European Commission issued two proposals which should be beneficial for Hong Kong sellers across the EU that routinely make and receive cross-border payments. The aim of the prop...Read More

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Safeguard Investigation Initiated into Steel Imports Entering EU Market

6 April 2018

On 26 March 2018, the EU unleashed its safeguard investigation into certain steel imports entering the EU market. By means of the notice of initiation, which was published in the EU’s Official Journal...Read More

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Public Consultation Launched into Possible Customs Law on Binding Valuation of Goods

23 March 2018

Hong Kong traders may like to be informed that on 1 March 2018, the European Commission launched a public consultation on whether to introduce a legal basis for decisions on Binding Valuation Informat...Read More

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Consumer Protection: European Parliament Approves EU-wide Rules for Defective Products

9 March 2018

On 22 February 2018, the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee approved a single set of rules to ensure consumers buying online or face-to-face in a local shop obtain...Read More

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New Law on Textile Fibre Names Introduces Changes in Existing Law

23 Feb 2018

Hong Kong’s textiles and clothing exporters should be alerted to a new law, Commission Delegated Regulation 2018/122, which entered into force on 15 February 2018, and concerns EU legislation on texti...Read More

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EU Publishes Guidance on New Data Protection Law; Important Questions Relevant to Hong Kong Traders Answered

9 Feb 2018

On 24 January 2018, the European Commission published a toolkit with guidance for various stakeholders, including citizens and businesses, on how to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation ...Read More

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Opening of Quotas and Suspension of Tariffs by EU Could Lead to Trading Opportunities for Hong Kong Sellers

26 Jan 2018

On 1 January 2018, two product-related Regulations which were published in the EU’s Official Journal began to apply EU-wide. One of these opens and provides for the management of autonomous tariff quo...Read More

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New EU Anti-dumping Methodology Enters into Force, Together with Publication of Commission’s Report on Mainland China

12 Jan 2018

The EU’s new anti-dumping methodology, set out in Regulation (EU) 2017/2321, was published in the Official Journal on 19 December 2017. The legislation, which entered into force on 20 December 2017, s...Read More

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After Approval of New Anti-dumping Methodology, EU Reaches Landmark Deal on Modernisation of EU’s Trade Defence Instruments

15 Dec 2017

On 5 December 2017, after long and difficult negotiations, the Commission, the Council of Member States’ ministers and the European Parliament reached a political agreement on the modernisation of the...Read More

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European Parliament Formally Endorses New EU Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Rules, Paving the Way for Their Entry into Force Within This Year

1 Dec 2017

On 15 November 2017, the European Parliament formally approved the EU’s new legislation on the amendment of the existing rules on dumped and subsidised imports from third countries, such as mainland C...Read More

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Latest Proposal from European Parliament Suggests Significant Change to the Way EU Calculates Anti-dumping Tariffs

17 Nov 2017

The European Parliament has proposed significant changes to the way in which anti-dumping tariffs are calculated. The latest draft position from the European Parliament specifies that EU investigators...Read More

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Imports Can Retroactively Qualify for Reduced Anti-dumping Duty Rate, According to EU’s Highest Court

3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong traders may like to take note of a recent judgment of the European Court of Justice, in which it considered that importers should be allowed to retroactively demonstrate to national customs ...Read More

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