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European Commission Mulls over Proposal for Withholding Tax on Online Sales in Framework of the ‘Digital Economy’

6 Oct 2017

On 21 September 2017, the European Commission launched a new agenda on the taxation of the digital economy. A key concern is to ensure that companies with a significant digital presence pay an effecti...Read More


EU Reform of Energy Labelling of Products Enters into Force

6 Oct 2017

The EU’s reform of the energy labelling rules for energy-related products has entered into force, with the requirements for Hong Kong and other manufacturers and suppliers to be ushered in over a stag...Read More


European Commission Opens Public Consultation on Further Defining Nanomaterials for Application in Future Laws to Regulate Them

6 Oct 2017

With a view to preparing a revised Recommendation which it intends to adopt, the European Commission called for public feedback on the EU’s existing Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial on...Read More


Member States Launch SVHC Project “Ask REACH” to Raise Consumer Awareness of Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products

6 Oct 2017

The German Federal Environment Agency (the UBA), in cooperation with 19 other entities in 12 EU Member States, intends to raise awareness on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in consumer article...Read More


European Commission Puts Forward New Compromise Proposal on Anti-dumping Rules, Specifically Addressing Concerns on Burden of Proof

22 Sept 2017

As the trilogue talks (negotiations between the European Commission, Parliament and Member States) on the new EU anti-dumping rules continue, the final reform of the EU’s anti-dumping legislation is a...Read More


Solar Panels: EU Member States Back New and Reduced MIP, While Commission Removes Two Chinese Solar Producers from Price Undertaking

22 Sept 2017

On 7 September 2017, the EU Member States’ trade representatives voted on the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the minimum import price (MIP) at which exporting producers from mainland China a...Read More


Stricter Ecodesign Requirements and Energy Labelling Rules for Vacuum Cleaners Enter into Force

22 Sept 2017

As from 1 September 2017, Hong Kong traders selling electrical appliances within the EU must comply with stricter ecodesign requirements in the case of vacuum cleaners, and ensure that they use the up...Read More


Timetable for Lead Exemptions in Car Parts Nears Adoption

22 Sept 2017

Hong Kong sellers of car parts may like to know that the presence of lead in certain vehicle parts will be permitted in the EU over the next two to seven years under European Commission proposals, whi...Read More


Electronics Fall under Spotlight in Sweden in New Consultation on Certain Hazardous Substances

22 Sept 2017

On 15 September 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) concluded a stakeholder consultation on the potential for substitution of medium-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) in electric and electron...Read More


New EU Green Public Procurement Criteria for Furniture Published

8 Sept 2017

On 10 August 2017, the European Commission published new EU green public procurement (GPP) criteria for furniture, an area with a high annual spend by public authorities in the European Union. The EU ...Read More


EU Adopts New Regulations on Cosmetics Aimed at Restricting Use of Fragrance Allergens and a Colorant

8 Sept 2017

On 3 and 4 August 2017, the European Commission published two new regulations, Commission Regulation 2017/1410 and Commission Regulation 2017/1413. Both are aimed at revising Regulation 1223/2009, whi...Read More


EU Harmonises Classification of Wireless Charging Plates, Shower Curtain Rods and LED Dental Lights

8 Sept 2017

During the month of August, the Official Journal published 3 new regulations classifying goods in the Combined Nomenclature, thus affecting their customs duties and descriptions. These goods consist o...Read More


Four Phthalates Identified as Endocrine-disrupting Substances of Very High Concern

8 Sept 2017

Hong Kong traders should take note that, pursuant to Commission Implementing Decision 2017/1210, four phthalates have been identified by the European Commission as Substances of Very High Concern (SVH...Read More


While Trilogue Talks on New EU Anti-dumping Rules Continue, Fresh Investigation on Tyres Begins

25 Aug 2017

On 11 August 2017, the European Commission initiated a new anti-dumping investigation on imports of new and retreaded tyres for buses or lorries originating in mainland China, currently classified und...Read More


Solar Cells and Panels from Mainland China: Controversy Dogs Choice for Determining New EU MIP

25 Aug 2017

It has come to light that a Taiwanese investigation on the accuracy of market research company PVInsights’ price data has added yet another complication to the EU’s much disputed trade defence proceed...Read More


Influential NGO Calls for Investigation into EU’s Unlawful Handling of Nanomaterials Issue in Cosmetic Products Law

25 Aug 2017

On 31 July 2017, ClientEarth, a non-profit environmental organisation, complained to the European Ombudsman, an independent and impartial body that holds EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies ...Read More


NGO ChemSec Promotes Safe Alternatives to Hazardous Chemicals

25 Aug 2017

ChemSec, a non-profit NGO, has launched The Marketplace, a website which aims to offer a digital platform for suppliers and purchasers of alternative solutions to hazardous chemicals. All solutions to...Read More


Danish Consumer Body Finds Suspected Endocrine Disruptors in Majority of Tested Pushchairs

25 Aug 2017

Tests carried out by the Danish Consumer Council’s Think Chemicals Initiative has found carcinogenic and suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in more than half of the pushchairs tested by t...Read More


Textile Products: Criteria for EU Ecolabelling Amended

11 Aug 2017

The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme that some Hong Kong traders may be aware of, whereby companies are able to label their products as having a lower environmental impact than other products within ...Read More


Open Mesh Fabrics from Mainland China: EU Industry Calls for United Front Against Allegedly Illegal Trade Practices

11 Aug 2017

In a press release published on 20 July 2017, GlassFibreEurope, the European Glass Fibre Producers Association, and Tech-Fab Europe collectively called on all actors in the glass fibre value chain to ...Read More

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