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EU Updates Rules on Wood Packaging Materials for Specified Chinese Commodities

27 Aug 2018

As Hong Kong traders with exporting interests in mainland China may recall, Decision 2013/92/EU had subjected wood packaging materials for certain commodities to supervision by Member States’ customs ...Read More

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France Declares “War on Plastics” with Measures Planned Against Its Abundant Use: Retail Sector to be Affected

21 Aug 2018

Hong Kong’s trading community may recollect that, in April this year, the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a Circular Economy Plan aimed at transforming the French economy. This plan u...Read More

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Eurasian Economic Union Comprising Russia, Other Eurasian Countries, Announces Steel Safeguard Investigation

14 Aug 2018

Hong Kong’s trading community will likely be aware that the EAEU is a political and economic union of states located in central and northern Eurasia. Members of the EAEU comprise Russia, Belarus, Kaza...Read More

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EU Fines Well-known Electronics Manufacturers for Imposing Fixed or Minimum Resale Prices on Online Sales of Consumer Goods

10 Aug 2018

Hong Kong’s electronic goods sellers may like to know that the Commission’s investigation into the four electronics manufacturers took place in the broader context of concerns over commercial practice...Read More

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Sweden Calls on EU to Restrict Additional Substances in Electronics Under RoHS

10 Aug 2018

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has released a report proposing that the European Commission restrict the use of medium-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) in electrical and electronic equipment ...Read More

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EU Adopts New Regulation on Cosmetics Aimed at Restricting Use of Fragrance Ingredients and Fragrance Compounds in Leave-on and Rinse-off Products

10 Aug 2018

On 1 August 2018, Commission Regulation 2018/978 entered into force, having as its aim the amendment of the EU’s framework Regulation on Cosmetic Products (Regulation 1223/2009) with regard to fragran...Read More

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ECHA Calls for Evidence on Hazardous Substance Used in Food Contact Materials and Electronics, Among Other Products

10 Aug 2018

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has issued a call for information on uses of Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and related substances. Norway is currently preparing an EU-wide r...Read More

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EU Inspections Project Announced, Focusing on Online Sales of Hazardous Substances and Consumer Goods Containing Them

10 Aug 2018

The Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (the Forum) has recently held its 30th meeting where it announced its eighth enforcement project. The project is notable, as it will focus on onlin...Read More

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Highest EU Court Rules That Well-known Footwear Company’s Red Soles Qualify for Trademark Protection

10 Aug 2018

Earlier this summer, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) handed down a judgment in response to a request for a preliminary ruling from the District Court of The Hague in the Netherla...Read More

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European Union Renews Focus for a Common Mobile Phone Charger

9 Aug 2018

The Commission has been driving its agenda for a common charger for nearly a decade. Traditionally, mobile phones were only compatible with specific mobile phone chargers which varied according to the...Read More

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EU Prepares Retaliatory Measures Against US Tariffs on Cars and Car Parts

27 July 2018

In some of the latest news concerning the EU’s trade tussle with the US, it has come to light that the European Commission is drawing up a list of rebalancing measures against potential US tariffs on ...Read More

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European Commission Takes Action Against Everyday Consumer Goods Which Contain One or More of Four Phthalates

27 July 2018

On 12 July 2018, the European Commission announced plans to restrict articles which contain one or more of four phthalates. The phthalates to be targeted are Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Benzy...Read More

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European Chemicals Agency Publishes Note on Identification of Microplastics in Anticipation of Ban

27 July 2018

On 11 July 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a Note outlining its approach to the identification of microplastics, and a possible ban (or partial ban) on their use. The note reports...Read More

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Advisory Body Adopts Guidelines on Which Kinds of Personal Data Transfers to Non-EU Countries are Permitted

27 July 2018

On 25 May 2018, the European Data Protection Board (the EDPB) adopted Guidelines on the derogations that are allowed with regard to international data transfers of an individual’s (e.g. a customer’s) ...Read More

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Member States Agree to Imposition of Provisional Measures in Safeguard Action Targeting Steel Imports

13 July 2018

On 5 July 2018, EU governments are reported to have approved the imposition of provisional safeguard measures on certain steel imports entering the EU market. The European Commission is said to have p...Read More

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Newly Expanded Candidate List of Problematic Substances Triggers Reporting and Information Obligations for Some Suppliers

13 July 2018

On 27 June 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it has updated the EU’s Candidate List by adding 10 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to that List. The Candidate List no...Read More

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European Commission Amends List of Substances Permitted in Plastics Coming into Contact with Food

13 July 2018

On 5 June 2018, Commission Regulation 2018/831 was published in the EU’s Official Journal. The new Regulation outlines amendments to Commission Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles int...Read More

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Intention Announced to Restrict Placing on the Market of Childcare Articles, Furniture and Textiles Containing Certain Flame Retardant

13 July 2018

On 6 June 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) submitted an intention to restrict three flame retardants in flexible polyurethane (PUR) foams used, among others, in childcare articles and reside...Read More

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EU Regulation Imposes Extra Duties on Vast Number of US-origin Goods; Other EU Safeguard Measures on Steel Products Set to Follow

29 June 2018

On 21 June 2018, Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/886 was published in the EU’s Official Journal, putting in place the EU's “rebalancing measures” in response to the US tariffs on steel and alu...Read More

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EU Issues Guidance on Surveillance Mechanisms for Steel and Aluminium Imports

29 June 2018

On 12 June 2018, the European Commission published guidelines clarifying how industry participants should comply with the ‘prior surveillance’ regimes which have been imposed on imports of steel and a...Read More

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