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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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European Commission Imposes Restrictions on Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 Oct 2018

On 12 October 2018, the EU’s Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2018/1513 imposing new restrictions on the use of 33 substances known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems (so...Read More

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EU Governments Endorse New Action Plan to Combat Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights

16 Oct 2018

On 9 October 2018, in order to combat infringements of intellectual property rights (“IPR”), the EU governments represented in the Council of the European Union approved a new EU customs action plan c...Read More

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Swedish Chemicals Agency Publishes a Report on Hazardous Substances in Consumer Goods

15 Oct 2018

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has published a report on the progress of its research programme mapping the prevalence of hazardous substances across a wide range of consumer articles. The researc...Read More

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Ecodesign Plans Obliging Manufacturers to Make Products Easily Repairable Are Opposed by Some Member States

11 Oct 2018

A European Commission consultation, which closed on 4 June 2018, brought to light that the “take-make-use-throw away” ideology coupled with “built-in obsolescence”, an allegedly widespread practice by...Read More

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EU Issues ‘Tax Haven Blacklist’ Update: Hong Kong Makes Progress on Watch-list Commitments

10 Oct 2018

This update concerns the third amendment to the December 2017 Council agreement reached by EU-28 Finance Ministers on the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions (the “tax haven blacklist”)....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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UK Government Publishes Technical Notice Concerning the Regulation of Chemicals Under REACH

4 Oct 2018

The purpose of the UK government’s Notices is to set out relevant information in order to allow businesses and citizens to understand what would need to be done in a “no deal” scenario, so they can ma...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

3 Oct 2018

Solar glass consisting of tempered soda-lime-flat-glass, with an iron content of less than 300 ppm, a solar transmittance of more than 88% (measured according to AM1.5 300-2 500 nm), a resistance to h...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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UK Makes Plans for Stand-alone Compliance of Products Regime; Publishes Technical Notice

27 Sept 2018

The purpose of the UK government’s Notices is to set out relevant information in order to allow businesses and citizens understand what they would need to do in a “no deal” scenario. However, it recog...Read More

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New EU Directive on Copyright: Adoption Imminent

26 Sept 2018

The European Commission’s Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (the proposed Copyright Directive) is designed to modernise existing copyright laws for the digital age. Am...Read More

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Highest EU Court Rules on Parallel Imports: De-branding and Re-branding of Imported Products Constitutes a Trademark Infringement

20 Sept 2018

The dispute arose after Duma and GSI, two affiliated companies active in the forklift trucks sector (one having as its main activity the purchase and sale of forklift trucks and the other one speciali...Read More

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Future EU Law on Single Use Plastics to Be Voted on by European Parliament, but Criticism of Its Key Provisions Abound

18 Sept 2018

On 28 May 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on single-use plastics (SUPs). This draft law envisages banning a number of frequently used products – such as plastic st...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

18 Sept 2018

On 14 September 2018, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/1236 terminating the investigation concerning the possible circumvention of the anti-dumping measures impos...Read More

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Unfair Trade Practices: European Parliament Holds Debate on Future Law, with Suppliers and Retailers of Foodstuffs to Be Affected

17 Sept 2018

Freedom of contract has long underpinned business to business (B2B) relationships, as distinguished from business to consumer (B2C) relationships which are heavily regulated in the EU. In B2B scenario...Read More

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EU Finance Ministers Debate Digital Services Tax

13 Sept 2018

In March this year, the Commission had suggested a two-step approach: a common EU solution for digital activities in the long run, and the introduction of an interim tax of 3% on digital services in t...Read More

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EU Customs-related Regulations Published Classifying a Type of Footwear, Among Others

12 Sept 2018

On 30 August 2018, the Official Journal published Regulations 2018/1207, 2018/1208 and 2018/1209, which each classifies the articles described below. Hong Kong traders or their agents importing these ...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

10 Sept 2018

Crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells) as further described in Article 1 of Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/367....Read More

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Significance of a No-deal Brexit on Rules Governing Product Safety; UK Publishes Product Standards Strategy

10 Sept 2018

Under WTO-only rules, Hong Kong companies with their business hubs in the UK that wish to circulate their goods elsewhere in Europe would have to prove they meet all of the EU’s product standards and ...Read More

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