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European Parliament Approves Tougher Safety and Traceability Rules for Medical Devices

21 April 2017

On 5 April 2017, the European Parliament formally approved two proposed Regulations imposing stricter rules on the safety of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices. The proposals, whi...Read More


Restriction of Phthalates in Wide Variety of Consumer Goods Foreseen

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) reported that its two main committees have agreed on a restriction proposal concerning four phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP) contained in art...Read More


EU Moves Closer to Accord on Modernisation of Trade Defence Instruments

24 March 2017

The EU is determined to see through its long-standing efforts to overhaul its trade defence instruments. At an informal EU trade ministers’ meeting of 3 March 2017, a majority of ministers supported t...Read More


EU Continues High-Level Talks on Modernising Trade Defence Instruments

10 March 2017

The EU is – as reported by multiple sources – determined to see through its long-standing efforts to overhaul its trade defence instruments. Often faced with criticisms over its anti-dumping and anti-...Read More


New Far-reaching Restrictions on Flame Retardant “decaBDE” to Enter into Force

24 Feb 2017

On 10 February 2017, the Official Journal published Regulation 2017/227 introducing further restrictions on the use of bis(pentabromophenyl) ether, more commonly referred to as decaBDE. This is a wide...Read More


Member State Officials Vote in Favour of Stringent Limits for Phenol in Certain Toys

10 Feb 2017

On 10 January 2017, Member States formally approved a proposal to introduce a restriction on the use of phenol in toys intended for children less than three years and in other toys intended to be plac...Read More


As EU and China Wrangle over MES, Concerns Abound over European Commission’s Trade Defence Proposal

27 Jan 2017

The EU and mainland China are currently in the throes of preparing for their first WTO dispute on the latter’s market economy treatment since 11 December 2016. That date heralded the expiry of certain...Read More


EU Opens up Quotas, Suspends Tariffs on Wide Range of Goods, Bringing Opportunities for Traders

13 Jan 2017

On 30 December 2016, the Official Journal published two important product-related Regulations: one which opens and provides for the management of autonomous tariff quotas for certain agricultural and ...Read More


Member States Reach Breakthrough on Reform of EU Trade Defence Instruments

23 Dec 2016

After three years of desperately striving to reform the trade defence instruments (TDIs) of the European Union, EU Member States finally managed to agree on the Council's negotiating position regardin...Read More


New EU Law is Proposed to Practically Eliminate Bisphenol A in Certain Toys

9 Dec 2016

On 24 November 2016, the European Commission published a proposal for a new Directive so as to reduce the concentration of Bisphenol A (BPA) in toys which are intended to be placed in the mouth or to ...Read More


European Commission Publishes Long-awaited Proposal on Reform of EU Trade Defence Instruments

25 Nov 2016

On 9 November 2016, the European Commission published its long-awaited proposal on the reform of the EU’s trade defence instruments (TDIs). By means of several amendments to the EU’s Basic Anti-Dumpin...Read More


European Commission Scrambles to Reform Trade Defence Instruments Before China MES Deadline

11 Nov 2016

In yet another attempt to strengthen EU trade defence instruments, and prepare for the WTO deadline of 11 December 2016 for the granting of market economy status (MES) to mainland China, the European ...Read More


EU Parliamentarians Criticise Commission for Postponing Reform of EU Trade Defence Instruments, as China MES Deadline Nears

28 Oct 2016

On 4 October 2016, Bernd Lange, Chair of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA), sent a letter to European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, urging the Commission to c...Read More


Intense Trade Talks and Fierce Lobbying Take Place in Run up to China MES December Deadline

14 Oct 2016

On 23 September 2016, EU trade ministers met for what EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström described as “quite intense” talks on how to address alleged Chinese dumping when (or if) mainland China i...Read More


New EU Law is Proposed to Further Reduce Lead in Toys

30 Sept 2016

On 9 September 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a new Directive to reduce the concentration of lead in toys. This future law will impact on Hong Kong’s exporters of all toys – wi...Read More


Pressure on EU Mounts in Lead-up to Mainland China ‘Market Economy Status’ Deadline

15 Sept 2016

As decision–time for the granting of market economy status (MES) to mainland China nears, the EU has given its first public description of new measures designed to tackle alleged Chinese dumping and i...Read More


European Commission Re-imposes Definitive Anti-dumping Duty on Shoes Originating in Mainland China

2 Sept 2016

On 18 August 2016, the European Commission adopted Implementing Regulation 2016/1395 (the Implementing Regulation), which re-imposes a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain footwear with ...Read More


Important Precedent Set as EU Levies Anti-Dumping Duties Retroactively for the First Time in Its Trade Defence History

19 Aug 2016

Hong Kong traders will be interested to hear that for the first time in the history of EU trade defence investigations, the Commission has decided to impose anti-dumping duties retroactively. On 4 Aug...Read More


European Commission Outlines Proposal to Address Mainland China MES Issue

5 Aug 2016

On 20 July 2016, European Commission officials outlined their intended revisions to trade defence legislation. Hong Kong traders will likely be aware that this is fortuitous timing in light of the 11 ...Read More


Recent Developments on Issue of Mainland China’s Market Economy Status, and EU’s Possible New Approach

22 July 2016

During the first half of July, Hong Kong traders may have noticed a flurry of activity and statements as Brussels prepares a strategy for the approaching Chinese “market economy status” (MES) deadline...Read More

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