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EU-US Trade Tensions Persist, Yet Hope Remains for Adoption of Bilateral Pact

16 April 2019

On 8 April 2019, the US threatened to impose tariffs amounting to USD 11.2 billion on a range of EU products, as a countermeasure to illegal subsidies provided by the EU to Airbus. The ultimate purpos...Read More

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EU27 and UK Agree on Extending Brexit Deadline Until 31 October 2019

12 April 2019

Following repeated rejections of the Brexit deal in the UK Parliament, the European Council scheduled a special Brexit summit for 10 April 2019. At the special summit, the EU’s heads of state and gove...Read More

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EU Urges Companies to Take Precautionary Steps for REACH Compliance Before Brexit

10 April 2019

On 3 April 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recommended that companies subject to the REACH framework prepare for UK’s withdrawal from the European Union without a transition period, no matt...Read More

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EU Chief Brexit Negotiator: No Deal Becomes More Likely “Day After Day”

3 April 2019

On 1 April 2019, the UK’s House of Commons failed to decide by a majority on any plan of action for an orderly Brexit. This was the second time a number of indicative votes on a possible solution were...Read More

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Uncertainty Increases Over Likelihood of Orderly Brexit with UK Running Out of Workable Options

29 March 2019

On 27 March 2019, the road to Brexit took another dizzying turn, with a number of “indicative votes” defeated in the House of Commons. On the same day, Theresa May also stated that she would resign he...Read More

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EU Updates Tax Heaven Blacklist of Non-cooperative Tax Jurisdictions: Hong Kong Is De-listed As a Result of Successful Delivery of Reforms

26 March 2019

On 12 March 2019, EU finance ministers updated the EU’s list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions otherwise also known as the EU tax havens blacklist. As Hong Kong businesses will recall, the first li...Read More

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Trade Remedy Issues to Note for Businesses Ahead of Brexit

19 March 2019

On 6 March 2019, the Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate of the UK (“TRID”) announced that it will investigate if new anti-dumping, safeguard and anti-subsidy measures are needed in order to cou...Read More

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UK Launches New Trade Remedies System

15 March 2019

On 6 March 2019, the UK announced the establishment of its new trade remedies system with the objective of protecting UK domestic businesses and industry against injury caused by unfair trading practi...Read More

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United Kingdom Adopts Temporarily Applicable Policy on Trade Tariffs

14 March 2019

On 13 March 2019 – following a firm rejection, for the second time, of the EU Withdrawal Agreement by the UK parliament on the previous day – the UK government adopted a policy, set out in the Tax Inf...Read More

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UK Bicycle Producers Set to Lose Current EU Protection Against Dumped Imports Originating in Mainland China

11 March 2019

On 6 March 2019, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, announced that UK bicycle producers would lose EU protection against imports of dumped products originating in mainland ...Read More

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UK Preparing Independent System Ahead of Brexit, to Maintain Anti-dumping and Other Trade Remedy Measures

28 Feb 2019

On 25 February 2019, the International Trade Secretary of the UK published a notice setting out the information about the trade remedies that will continue, and those that will cease, to apply as the ...Read More

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European Commission Implements Action Plan for No-deal Scenario in Framework of Brexit

21 Feb 2019

On 18 February 2019, the European Commission announced its continued rolling out of a plan that has the intent of preparing businesses in the area of customs and indirect taxation such as Value Added ...Read More

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UK Plans to Introduce UKCA Symbol to Replace CE Marking in Case of a “No Deal” Brexit

14 Feb 2019

In case of a “no deal” Brexit, the UK government announced, on 2 February 2019, that it will introduce its own marking for conformity assessment, used to certify household products such as kettles or ...Read More

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European Commission Publishes Regulation Imposing Definitive Safeguards on Imports of Certain Steel Products

8 Feb 2019

On 1 February 2019, the EU published Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/159 (“Regulation 2019/159” or the “Definitive Regulation”) by means of which it imposes safeguard measures on imports of ce...Read More

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EU Member States Rule in Favour of Right to Repair

25 Jan 2019

Meetings that have been scheduled for later in January 2019 are expected to determine more hard-hitting ecodesign standards for dishwashers and washing machines. Last month, on 10 December, in the fra...Read More

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Britain’s Future Hanging on a Thread

21 Jan 2019

On 15 January 2019, the British Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement negotiated between Prime Minister Theresa May and her European counterparts with an overwhelming vote of 432 to 202. This i...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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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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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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