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EU Regulation Published Harmonising Format for Registering and Reporting of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

12 March 2019

On 12 March 2019, Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/290, which establishes the format for registration and reporting of producers of electrical and electronic equipment in the EU Member States, ...Read More

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EU Producers Prepare Anti-dumping Complaint Due to Increased Imports of Wind Towers from Mainland China

7 March 2019

On 4 March 2019, international media outlets reported on the potential anti-dumping investigation that wind tower exports from mainland China might be subjected to in the EU. The investigation would c...Read More

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Ban on Harmful Flame Retardant “DecaBDE”

27 Feb 2019

On 2 March 2019, a prohibition on the use of bis(pentabromophenyl)ether, more commonly referred to as decaBDE, will enter into effect. DecaBDE is a widely known and hazardous flame retardant used in a...Read More

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Online Platforms to Become More Regulated Under Newly Agreed P2B Rules

19 Feb 2019

On 13 February 2019, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission reached a political deal to finalize the legal text of the platform-to-business (P2B) Regula...Read More

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France Investigates Safety of Babies’ Nappies

11 Feb 2019

On 23 January 2019, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (“ANSES” or “the Agency”) published an Opinion based on a Report relating to the safety of babies’ nappie...Read More

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Suppliers Required to Register in European Product Database for Energy Labelling

8 Feb 2019

The European Commission has announced that suppliers – manufacturers, importers or authorised representatives – need to register their appliances, which require an energy label, in the European Produc...Read More

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Safeguard Measures to be Imposed on Certain Steel Products

30 Jan 2019

On 4 February 2019, the EU is expected to impose safeguard measures on imports of certain steel products. It will be recalled that, on 26 March 2018, the European Commission had initiated the safeguar...Read More

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Chinese Tyre Producers Sue EU Over Anti-dumping Duties

29 Jan 2019

On 15 January 2019, two Chinese industry associations lodged a court action in the EU’s first tier General Court over the European Commission’s recent decision to impose anti-dumping and countervailin...Read More

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Chinese Producers of Solar Glass Challenge Anti-dumping Duties Before the General Court

23 Jan 2019

On 16 January 2019, the General Court of the European Union (the “General Court”) held a hearing for the annulment of the anti-dumping duties imposed by the European Commission on glass for photovolta...Read More

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EU Adopts New Regulation on Cosmetics Restricting the Use of Preservatives in Leave-on And Rinse-off Products

18 Jan 2019

Hong Kong’s cosmetics producers exporting to the EU will have become familiar with the Commission Regulation 2018/1847 amends Annex V (preservatives) of Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products (“the...Read More

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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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