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New Law Restricting Lead in Toys Published in Official Journal

19 May 2017

On 27 April 2017, a new EU-wide law – Council Directive 2017/738 of 27 March 2017 – introducing more stringent limits on the concentration of lead in toys, was published in the Official Journal of the...Read More

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European Parliamentary Committee Publishes Report on New Proposal Amending RoHS 2

19 May 2017

On 28 April 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) published its draft report on the proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). Hong K...Read More

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End of Transitional Period for Hazardous Chemical Labelling Obliges All Supply Chain Actors to Check Their Products

19 May 2017

Hong Kong traders who export chemical products to the EU should be aware that the end of a two-year transitional period for the labelling of mixtures is drawing near, in accordance with Regulation 127...Read More

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EU Extends Application of Rules on Wood Packaging Materials for Specified Chinese Commodities Until 31 July 2018

19 May 2017

On 25 April 2017, the Official Journal of the European Union published Commission Implementing Decision 2017/728, which extends the application of Decision 2013/92/EU on the supervision, plant health ...Read More

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Trade Defence Measures against Solar Panels

5 May 2017

On 18 April 2017, a legal action was published in the EU’s Official Journal, challenging the European Commission’s decision to withdraw the acceptance of a price undertaking, giving rise to yet anothe...Read More

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Restriction of Lead in Jewellery to be Reviewed

5 May 2017

On 20 April 2017, it was reported that the European Commission has asked the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to evaluate the current restriction of lead in jewellery by 30 September 2017. Therefore, ...Read More

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EU Cosmetics Law Revised Regarding Certain Substances in Hair Dyes and Sunscreen Products

5 May 2017

Hong Kong traders exporting hair dye products and sunscreen products to the EU should be informed that the European Commission has adopted two new regulations amending framework Regulation 1223/2009 o...Read More

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German Court Confirms Illegality of Shoemaker’s Prohibition on Dealers’ Use of Price Comparison Engines

5 May 2017

According to a press statement of the German Federal Competition Office (FCO), on 5 April 2017 the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf upheld the previous finding of the FCO that, by prohibiting deale...Read More

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EU’s Highest Court Annuls Duties Imposed on Two Chinese Fastener Producers

21 April 2017

Eight years after the initial imposition of the anti-dumping duties on fasteners from mainland China, the EU Court of Justice – in its judgment released on 5 April 2017 – annulled the anti-dumping dut...Read More

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Future Eco-rules for Servers Move Forward, While Initiatives for More Efficient Electric Kettles Lose Steam

21 April 2017

The European Commission has tabled ecodesign provisions to improve the resource efficiency of servers and other data storage products as of 2019. Separately, Commission officials also commented on the...Read More

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Bans on Hazardous Substances Could Be Extended to Imported Goods

21 April 2017

Hong Kong sellers to the EU market may already know that Annex XIV of the notoriously complex REACH Regulation contains a list of substances which have already been classified as ‘substances of very h...Read More

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Deficient EU Tracking of Hazardous Chemicals: Report Presents Two Case Studies Relevant to Consumer Goods Traders

21 April 2017

A new report published on behalf of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) earlier this year has highlighted the failure of the current EU legal framework to ensure that information on dangerous chem...Read More

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Mainland China Pursues WTO Case Against EU Anti-dumping Methodology

7 April 2017

At the meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on 21 March 2017, the EU – as expected – blocked mainland China’s initial request for a WTO investigation into the manner in which the EU calculates i...Read More

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Energy Efficiency Labels to be Revised after Hard Fought Negotiations

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the EU Council and Parliament finally brokered a deal on the text of a Commission proposal to reform energy efficiency labels placed on household products such as refrigerators, cook...Read More

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EU Council Adopts Directive Imposing Tight Restrictions on Concentration of Lead in Toys

7 April 2017

On 27 March 2017, the EU Council adopted a new Council Directive reducing the permitted concentration of lead in toys. The text is identical to the Commission’s Proposal on the same matter tabled on 9...Read More

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European Parliament Wants Enforceable Provisions on Textile Trade

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Development adopted a Draft Report requesting a Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on an EU flagship initiative in the garment sector....Read More

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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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