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New EU Law Proposed on Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain

18 May 2018

On 12 April 2018, the European Commission proposed a Directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain. The food supply chain is identified as...Read More


Proposal Puts Forth Ban on Certain Single-use Plastic Products

18 May 2018

On 30 April 2017, it came to light that there is to be a ban on plastics used in items such as cotton buds, straws, cutlery, plates, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks, a leaked EU draft legislative...Read More


France Launches Plan Affecting Life Cycle of Products and Producer Responsibility

18 May 2018

On 23 April 2018, the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, together with the deputy Minister for the Environment, Brune Poirson, launched a circular economy plan (the Plan). The Plan aims at getti...Read More


European Commission Amends Application Form for Customs Action Concerning the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

18 May 2018

On 18 April 2018, Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/582 of 12 April 2018 amending Implementing Regulation 1352/2013 establishing the forms provided for in Regulation 608/2013 of the European Par...Read More


European Commission Proposes New Consumer Protection Rules: “New Deal for Consumers”

4 May 2018

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission issued a new package of consumer protection measures which will be of interest to Hong Kong companies trading within the EU. The Commission labelled its legis...Read More


European Commission Proposes Signature of Trade Agreements with Japan and Singapore, with Reduced or No Duty on Wide Range of Goods

4 May 2018

On 18 April 2018, the European Commission presented the outcomes of negotiations for three trade agreements with Japan and Singapore and recommended their ratification. The agreements are ambitious in...Read More


Last REACH Deadline for Registration of Substances Approaching Fast: Missing Deadline May Disrupt Business Dealings on EU Market

4 May 2018

On 31 May 2018, the third and final REACH registration deadline will expire. By this date, all Hong Kong entities selling registrable existing substances, or mixtures or articles containing such subst...Read More


Adidas Wins Intellectual Property Battle Against Belgian Shoemaker over Three Parallel Stripes Trademark

4 May 2018

The General Court of the EU dismissed an appeal brought by Shoe Branding Europe BVBA (Shoe Branding) on 1 March 2018. The appeal was filed by Shoe Branding against the decision of the European Union I...Read More


European Commission Extends Temporary Suspension of Duties on Goods to be Incorporated in or Used for Aircraft

4 May 2018

On 18 April 2018, Council Regulation 2018/581 was published in the EU’s Official Journal. It will likely be of interest to Hong Kong traders as it temporarily suspends the autonomous Common Customs Ta...Read More


EU Plans Introduction of Surveillance Mechanism on Aluminium Imports, Paving Way for Possible Safeguard Investigation

20 April 2018

On 9 April 2018, it was reported that the European Commission will soon put into place a surveillance mechanism on imports of aluminium products, which could pave the way for a possible safeguard inve...Read More


Commission Takes Action Against EU Funds Being Routed Through Non-cooperative Tax Jurisdictions

20 April 2018

On 21 March 2018, the European Commission set out a range of countermeasures to back up its common list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. These countermeasures take the form of guidelines which wi...Read More


Guideline for Producers and Importers on Banned “PAHs” Found in Consumer Goods Including Clothing, Footwear and Toys

20 April 2018

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a guideline in March 2018 which is intended to assist producers, importers and distributors. The guideline concerns the restriction of polycyclic aromati...Read More


Danish Agency Warns Against “Squishy” Toys, While Consumers Are Warned of Strong Chemical Smells and the Importance of the CE Mark on Toys

20 April 2018

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has issued an announcement urging consumers to avoid perfumed “squishy” toys, indicating that many perfume substances are allergenic. According to the Agency...Read More


New Rules Proposed on Digital Taxation

6 April 2018

On 21 March 2018, the European Commission proposed two Directives concerning the taxation of the digital economy. The proposals’ goals are to ensure fair corporate taxation, to foster a competitive ec...Read More


Opinion from Highest EU Court on Energy Labelling of Vacuum Cleaners Could Have Ramifications for Other Appliances As Well

6 April 2018

An opinion delivered by an Advocate General of the EU’s Court of Justice contends that suppliers and dealers of vacuum cleaners may not use supplementary labels which reproduce or clarify the informat...Read More


Brexit: EU and UK Agree 21-month Transition Period in Conditional Agreement

6 April 2018

On 19 March 2018, the European Commission published a draft agreement on Brexit following three days of talks between the EU and UK negotiators. The agreement marks a significant step in the UK’s with...Read More


Triggering of EU Law Imminent to Further Restrict Allergy-causing Substance “MI” in Cosmetic Products

6 April 2018

As from 27 April 2018, only cosmetic products which comply with a particular Regulation dating from 2017 may be made available by sellers on the European Union market. The law concerned is Regulation ...Read More


Commission Outlines Plan to Extend Trade Defence Instruments to Goods Brought to the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf

23 March 2018

On 6 March 2018, the European Commission published a proposal on Trade Defence Instruments (TDIs). This Working Paper from the Customs Expert Group recommended three key reforms....Read More


EU Works on Countermeasures Against US Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium, Including Possibility of Safeguard Measures Affecting Imports from All Non-EU Countries

23 March 2018

On 8 March 2018, the US issued two Presidential Proclamations on adjusting imports of steel and aluminium into that country, announcing President Trump’s decision to impose a 25 percent ad valorem tar...Read More


Effect of Brexit on Food Laws and How Hong Kong Traders of Foodstuffs May Be Affected

23 March 2018

The European Commission has published a notice titled “Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU Food Law”. It points out that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK establish...Read More

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