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French Minister Announces Implementation of a Digital Services Tax

15 Jan 2019

Towards the end of 2018, Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister for the Economy and Finance, announced that France would be implementing a national digital services tax (“DST”) as of 1 January 2019, to t...Read More

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European Commission Publishes ‘Roadmap’ on Standard Chargers for Mobile Phones in the EU

10 Jan 2019

The European Commission has opened up its ‘roadmap’ – i.e., Inception Impact Assessment (“IIA”) - for the ‘Common chargers for mobile telephones and other compatible devices’ initiative, and has asked...Read More

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EU Opens New Quotas, Reduces Tariffs for Large Number of Products

4 Jan 2019

Council Regulation 2018/2069 is the first of the two new Regulations. It amends Regulation 1387/2013 (a so-called Framework Regulation), which suspends the autonomous common customs tariff duties on c...Read More

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Duration of Safeguard Investigation Concerning Imports of Certain Steel Products Extended by Two Months for Reasons Related to Overwhelming Workload

31 Dec 2018

On 19 December 2018, the European Commission published a notice in the EU’s Official Journal which extends the duration of the safeguard investigation into imports of certain steel products. The notic...Read More

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France Adopts New Information Requirements for Automotive Parts Derived from the Circular Economy

27 Dec 2018

In April 2019, an Order issued by the French Ministry for Economy and published in France’s Official Journal will enter into effect, relating to the information which professional service and repair p...Read More

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New Demands Made for Circular Economy-compliant Carpets in Light of Report Revealing High Levels of Toxins

20 Dec 2018

For the purposes of the October report regarding the European carpets market, samples were selected from several large European carpets suppliers. It is reported that a number of chemical groups were ...Read More

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Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Prohibited Substances in Christmas Decorations

19 Dec 2018

Following the investigation, the companies marketing these products ceased their sales of the products concerned. Hong Kong businesses should be aware that the infringements led to administrative fine...Read More

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Strict Limit Proposed for DecaBDE in Recycled Plastics Used to Make Toys and Other Consumer Goods

28 Nov 2018

On 15 November 2018, the European Parliament voted to introduce a derogation limit of only 10 mg/kg (0.001% by weight) for the brominated flame retardant decabromodiphenyl ether (“DecaBDE”). This figu...Read More

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EU’s General Court Rules Against Current Energy Labelling of Vacuum Cleaners

15 Nov 2018

It is reported that on 8 November 2018, the EU’s General Court, located in Luxembourg, repealed the EU’s Energy Labelling Regulation for vacuum cleaners. This follows a heated and long-standing disput...Read More

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Award of the EU Ecolabel for Bed Mattresses and Rinse-off Cosmetics Extended for Renewed Period

6 Nov 2018

The validity of the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel to bed mattresses and rinse-off cosmetics has been renewed until 28 July 2022 and 31 December 2021, respectively. Hong Kong exp...Read More

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Registration of E-bikes from Mainland China Continues, Despite EU Producers’ Withdrawal Request

24 Oct 2018

As previously reported in "EU Producers of E-bikes withdraw Registration Requests in Dumping and Subsidy Case Against Mainland China", and as a surprising development in the EU anti-dumping and anti-s...Read More

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Enhanced Restriction of BPA in Toys to Enter into Effect

23 Oct 2018

By means of Directive 2017/898, the European Commission cut the permissible level of Bisphenol A in toys by more than half. The migration limit, which is based upon the rate at which the substance lea...Read More

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EU Producers of E-bikes Withdraw Registration Requests in Dumping and Subsidy Case Against Mainland China

19 Oct 2018

A new development has occurred in the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations with regard to imports of e-bikes from mainland China. On 12 October 2018, it was reported that the EBMA has withd...Read More

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EU Law Restricting Phenol in Toys to Begin Applying Imminently

8 Oct 2018

Hong Kong’s toy sellers will be aware that Directive 2009/48/EC is the framework toy safety Directive for all toys that are sold to EU consumers. This framework toy safety Directive provides for the a...Read More

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New Law Restricting Lead in Toys to Enter into Effect EU-wide on 28 October

2 Oct 2018

Council Directive 2017/738 was published in the EU’s Official Journal on 27 April 2017. It introduces more stringent limits on the concentration of lead in toys, which will begin applying from 28 Octo...Read More

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Hairspray Products Become Subject of Danish Investigation

2 Oct 2018

According to its announcement, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency's Chemicals Inspectorate investigated approximately 200 hairspray products from around 160 different brands, for any content o...Read More

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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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