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European Parliament Publishes Study on Trade Scenarios in a Post-Brexit Europe: Significant Impact on Traders Inevitable

22 Sept 2017

On 9 August 2017, the European Parliament published a Study on the Legal Implications of Brexit. The study covers key trade aspects such as the EU’s customs union, the internal market for goods and se...Read More


European Commission Publishes Notice on Market Surveillance of Products Sold Online

8 Sept 2017

A Commission Notice on the market surveillance of products sold online has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Notice is important for Hong Kong traders selling all kinds...Read More


UK Reveals Ambitious ‘Customs Union’ Plan in Newly Published Paper

25 Aug 2017

On 15 August 2017, the UK Government published a paper which sets out options for new customs arrangements between the UK and the EU as part of a “future partnership”, post-March 2019. The UK will be ...Read More


Solar Panels from China: EU to Lower Minimum Import Price in September 2017

11 Aug 2017

In yet another development in the EU’s longstanding trade defence proceedings against solar panels and solar cells from mainland China, it appears that the European Commission intends to reduce its so...Read More


Start of Trilogue Talks on Final Text of New Anti-dumping Rules

28 July 2017

On 5 July 2017, the European Parliament gave its green light to start negotiations with EU Member State ministers on the final text of the EU’s new anti-dumping regulation. The European Parliament aim...Read More


EU Creates Trading Opportunities by Increasing Quotas, Eliminating Customs Duties for Certain Industrial and Agricultural Imports

14 July 2017

On 27 June 2017, the EU’s Official Journal published Council Regulation 2017/1133 amending Regulation 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the EU for certa...Read More


EU Lawmakers Adopt Negotiating Position on New Trade Defence Methodology, Agreeing to Further Toughen Anti-dumping Rules

30 June 2017

On 20 June 2017, EU lawmakers arrived at a decision on the position of the European Parliament for negotiating with all EU governments on the new rules concerning the calculation of anti-dumping dutie...Read More


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


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


Member States Reach Accord on New Anti-dumping Rules

19 May 2017

On 3 May 2017, EU Member States finally managed to reach a political compromise on a new methodology to combat dumping. The new anti-dumping methodology is aimed at detecting and redressing distortion...Read More


Anti-dumping Reform: EU Governments Strive for Compromise, but Disagreements Persist

5 May 2017

On 21 April 2017, Italy reportedly opposed the European Council compromise on the EU’s future anti-dumping rules. Italy’s government stated that it was “firmly opposed” to a Council compromise put for...Read More


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

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