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Online Sales and the Case of “Parallel Imports” in the EU

12 Jan 2018

Hong Kong businesses can sell their products online and thereby have a worldwide reach. However, if branded products have not been authorised for sale in the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA – i....Read More


German Authorities Organise Annual “Blue Angel Campaign Day” to Help Consumers Make “Greener” Purchasing Decisions

15 Dec 2017

On 25 October 2017, the German Federal Environment Ministry, the German Federal Environment Agency and two independent label-awarding agencies jointly organised an annual “Blue Angel campaign day”. So...Read More


EU-wide Tax Havens Blacklist Expected by End of 2017

1 Dec 2017

On 7 November 2017, European Union finance ministers demanded that a common blacklist of tax havens be drawn up for approval by December, due to what they see as tax avoidance by the so-called rich an...Read More


Swedish Chemicals Agency Monitors Hazardous Effects of Bisphenols, Alongside New Investigation into Potential Hazards in Rubber, Silicon and Paper

17 Nov 2017

On 31 August 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (the SCA) released a report which identifies 37 bisphenols used in products on the European market, which may have endocrine disrupting properties. Bisp...Read More


European Consumer Organisation Calls for Ambitious EU Rules to Prevent Toxic Chemicals Entering the Circular Economy

3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong traders may be interested to learn that, on 7 August 2017, the Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (“BEUC”), a leading EU consumer group, issued its response to a European Commission...Read More


European Parliament Calls for Action with Regard to Publication of Economic Operators’ Customs Data and Product Origin Labelling

20 Oct 2017

On 12 September 2017, the European Parliament adopted a resolution which examines the impact of international trade and the EU’s trade policies on global value chains. The communication aims at increa...Read More


EU Publishes Report on Serious Risks Detected in Relation to Food, Feed and Food Contact Materials EU-wide

6 Oct 2017

The European Commission has recently published extended data and charts of the issues notified to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) during 2016, while the RASFF 2016 annual report is be...Read More


German Body Imposes €10.9 Million Fine for Vertical Price-fixing in the Clothing Industry

8 Sept 2017

On 25 July 2017, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) fined Wellensteyn, a producer best known for its outdoor jackets, and Peek&Cloppenburg, a retailer based in Düsseldorf, for a competition infrin...Read More


Report Reveals Customs Authorities Detained More Than 41 Million Fake and Counterfeit Products at EU Borders in 2016

11 Aug 2017

On 20 July 2017, the European Commission published the results of customs actions taken at the EU’s external borders during 2016. The report contains statistical information about the detentions made ...Read More


Evaluation of Future Legal Effects and Commercial Dealings for Hong Kong Exporters Due to Brexit

28 July 2017

Hong Kong businesses should monitor developments in certain areas of legal uncertainty which have arisen following Britain’s official triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017. This action officially ...Read More


European Commission Sees Need for Action in the Field of Consumer Rights Enforcement and Distance Sales as a Result of EU Consumer Law Review

14 July 2017

On 29 May 2017, the European Commission published its final report on the results of its review of EU consumer law (the Fitness Check). The Fitness Check analyses EU consumer law and suggests improvem...Read More


EU Pilot Project Compares Environmental Footprint of “Green” Products

30 June 2017

Hong Kong traders may be aware that currently there are over 400 different “green” product labels in use throughout Europe. These labels are based on different methods of certification, without a sing...Read More


Measures Proposed to Enhance Functioning of the EU’s Single Market; Hong Kong Traders Could Face Less Red Tape When Doing Business in Multiple Member States

16 June 2017

On 2 May 2017, the European Commission adopted a tri-pack of measures designed to make it easier for businesses and persons to manage their paperwork and regulatory compliance efforts online between M...Read More


Toys Continue to Be Most Notified Among Dangerous Consumer Products

19 May 2017

On 16 March 2017, The European Commission published the results of the EU’s Rapid Alert System (the RAPEX system) for dangerous consumer products in 2016. The results illustrate that over 2000 dangero...Read More


European Report on Economic Effects of Counterfeit Smart Phones

5 May 2017

The European Observatory on infringements of Intellectual Property Rights – the EUIPO – recently published its report studying the economic effects of counterfeit smart phones in the legitimate sector...Read More


Circular Economy Takes One Step to Fruition with European Parliament Vote

21 April 2017

Hong Kong traders will recall that the European Commission adopted a controversial package of proposed measures, known as the Circular Economy, in December 2015. Since then, a particularly notable ste...Read More


White Paper Issued Presenting Five Possible Scenarios over Future of the EU

7 April 2017

On 1 March 2017, the European Commission presented a White Paper outlining five potential paths the EU might take to re-imagine its future following the departure of the UK. The White Paper was prepar...Read More


Irish Authorities Carry out Inspection on Restricted Chemicals and Survey on Consumers’ Awareness of the CE Mark

24 March 2017

Two recent developments shed light on the importance that Irish enforcement authorities place on ensuring products comply with EU safety laws. First, the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA) h...Read More


European Parliament Approves CETA: Path Paved for Increased Canadian Competition on EU Market

10 March 2017

On 15 February 2017, after nearly five years and four months of negotiations, the European Parliament gave its final approval to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU an...Read More


Commission Adopts Guidelines for Self-regulation Measures Concluded by Industry

24 Feb 2017

The European Commission has issued guidelines for self-regulation measures concluded by industry (the Guidelines), under Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign req...Read More

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