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Developments in Trade Defence Measures on Solar Panels

24 March 2017

New developments have arisen in the longstanding solar panels case. While SolarWorld, a European solar producer, continues its legal challenge against the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar...Read More

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Up-to-date List of EU Harmonised Standards Published for “Radio Equipment” Marketed in the EU

24 March 2017

On 11 March 2017, the Official Journal published a European Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of Directive 2014/53/EC relating to the making available on the market of ra...Read More

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As UK Parliament Gives Approval for Brexit, House of Lords Continues to Push for a “Comprehensive” Trade Deal with the EU

24 March 2017

On 13 March 2017, the UK Parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17 (the “Brexit Bill”) granting approval for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 of th...Read More

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Banned Chemicals Found in Consumer Electronics Pursuant to Swedish Survey

24 March 2017

In a survey of last year that culminated in the release of a revelatory report, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) released a finding that nearly four out of ten low-priced electronic products contai...Read More

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WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Enters into Force: Benefits Abound for Hong Kong, Other Traders on EU Market

10 March 2017

On 22 February 2017 – for the first time since the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995 – the WTO managed to enact a multilateral trade deal that has been negotiated among all 1...Read More

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Product Durability and Planned Obsolescence Key Area of Action for European Parliament

10 March 2017

Members of the European Parliament are increasing their efforts to ensure product durability as a key area of action for the EU. This change in pace is reflected in the recent publication of two key d...Read More

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EU Ecolabelling for Textiles to be Amended, While New Decision Published for Floorings

10 March 2017

In recent weeks, there have been a number of important developments in the area of EU Ecolabelling, the voluntary scheme allowing traders to label their products as having a reduced environmental impa...Read More

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Merger between Suppliers of Toddler Electronic Learning Toys and Child Laptops/Tablets Approved

10 March 2017

In January 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority, which is the UK competition authority, announced that it has approved the merger between toy company VTech Holdings Limited and rival toy suppli...Read More

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Reform of EU Trade Defence Instruments to be Discussed in Three-way Institutional Talks

24 Feb 2017

It is reported that the new rules concerning the EU’s trade defence instruments are to be negotiated in so-called trilogues between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of ...Read More

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EU Extends Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Duties on Chinese Solar Cells and Solar Panels

24 Feb 2017

On 17 February 2017, EU Member State delegates voted on the highly controversial European Commission proposal to counter unfair pricing methods and state aid linked to solar cells and solar panels ori...Read More

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Commission Proposes to Exclude Used Electronics from Restrictions

24 Feb 2017

On 26 January 2017, the European Commission unveiled a new proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); the current EU legislation setting out restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substanc...Read More

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EU Harmonises Classification of Certain Items

24 Feb 2017

In early February 2017, the European Commission has published six regulations concerning the classification of goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN). These goods consist of a single glass shelf, thu...Read More

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Proposal to Extend Anti-dumping Duties on Chinese Solar Panels Opposed by Some Member States

10 Feb 2017

On 26 January 2017, during a meeting of trade officials from the EU Member States, a majority voted against the European Commission’s proposal to extend the anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels...Read More

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EU’s Highest Court Paves Way for Claiming Interest in Cases Where Duties were Levied in Breach of EU Law

10 Feb 2017

On 18 January 2017, the EU’s top-most court, the Court of Justice (ECJ), delivered a judgment that will be very relevant to both customs and anti-dumping law, and therefore for Hong Kong and Chinese m...Read More

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Commission Introduces New Ecodesign Rules for Certain Heating and Cooling Products

10 Feb 2017

The European Commission has recently published Commission Regulation 2016/2281 establishing ecodesign requirements for the placing on the market of air heating products, cooling products, high tempera...Read More

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EU Hails OECD Support While Promoting Sustainable Trade in Shoes and Clothes

10 Feb 2017

On 6 December 2016, the EU and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) co-hosted a meeting in Phnom Penh addressing sustainability and the protection of human rights in the ga...Read More

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British Prime Minister Reveals Brexit Negotiating Objectives, Suggesting a “Hard” Brexit; Impact on Trade Unavoidable, but Uncertainty Remains

27 Jan 2017

On 17 January 2017, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, revealed her government’s negotiating objectives for Brexit, setting out her vision of a United Kingdom outside the European Union. During her s...Read More

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Deadline for Rohs Law Adoption by Member States Paves Way for Wider Ban on Harmful Chemicals

27 Jan 2017

Hong Kong’s electronics vendors selling to consumers located in the EU should be reminded of a major amendment to the EU’s framework law restricting hazardous substances in electrical and electronic e...Read More

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EU Ban on Cadmium in Batteries for Cordless Power Tools Enters into Effect

27 Jan 2017

On 31 December 2016, a ban on cadmium in certain types of batteries came into effect. Hong Kong traders may recall that the framework batteries Directive 2006/66/EC bans virtually all batteries or acc...Read More

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EU Upping Efforts to Restrict Use of Bisphenol A Under REACH

27 Jan 2017

Hong Traders will be aware of the growing wave of opposition to the presence of Bisphenol A (BPA) in consumer products in the EU. The ubiquitous substance has already been singled out for restrictions...Read More

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