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After Approval of New Anti-dumping Methodology, EU Reaches Landmark Deal on Modernisation of EU’s Trade Defence Instruments

15 Dec 2017

On 5 December 2017, after long and difficult negotiations, the Commission, the Council of Member States’ ministers and the European Parliament reached a political agreement on the modernisation of the...Read More


EU Establishes First Ever Tax Havens Blacklist, While Hong Kong is Placed on a Watchlist

15 Dec 2017

On 5 December 2017, finance ministers from the 28 EU Member States reached an agreement on an EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, otherwise also known as the EU’s first tax havens blacklist....Read More


Scope of “RoHS 2” is Amended, Affecting Replacement of Spare Parts and Refurbished Electrical and Electronic Equipment

15 Dec 2017

On 21 November 2017, new Directive 2017/2102, which amends the scope of Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS ...Read More


European Commission Restricts the Use of Peanut Oil and Hydrolysed Wheat Protein in Cosmetics

15 Dec 2017

Hong Kong’s exporters to the EU of cosmetic products should be alerted to a legislative development that may affect them. On 5 December 2017, Regulation 2017/2228 was published which restricts the use...Read More


Fees for Registration of Chemicals under the REACH Rules: ECHA Clarifies the Ability to Obtain a Fee Reduction for SMEs

15 Dec 2017

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has confirmed that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) registering their substances under REACH will benefit from a reduced registration fee, as long as they...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


Anti-dumping Actions

15 Dec 2017

Chamois leather and combination chamois leather, whether or not cut to shape, including crust chamois leather and combination crust chamois leather, currently falling within CN codes 4114 10 10 and 41...Read More


Official Journal Summary

15 Dec 2017

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2273 of 8 December 2017 amending Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 on or...Read More


European Parliament Formally Endorses New EU Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Rules, Paving the Way for Their Entry into Force Within This Year

1 Dec 2017

On 15 November 2017, the European Parliament formally approved the EU’s new legislation on the amendment of the existing rules on dumped and subsidised imports from third countries, such as mainland C...Read More


EU Law Published on Use of Electronic Portal for Customs Information Exchanges

1 Dec 2017

On 15 November 2017, the European Commission published Implementing Regulation 2017/2089 on technical arrangements for developing, maintaining and employing electronic systems for the exchange of info...Read More


SolarWorld Loses Legal Challenge Against Price Undertaking for Imported Solar Cells and Solar Modules Before Europe’s Highest Court

1 Dec 2017

On 9 November 2017, in cases C-204/16 P and C-205/16 P, the European Court of Justice rejected a legal challenge brought by SolarWorld, a German producer of solar cells and solar modules. The challeng...Read More


Brexit: UK Issues Customs Draft Law While Facing Tough Criticism for Being Unprepared for a No-deal Scenario

1 Dec 2017

On 2 November 2017, the UK government published the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, previously known as the Customs Bill, to be debated and passed by its Parliament. This will enable the governmen...Read More


Denmark to Hand out Subsidies to Economic Operators for Eco-labelled Products, Including for Clothing and Textiles

1 Dec 2017

On 3 November 2017, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency opened a round of applications for companies wishing to label their products with the Swan label or the EU Flower. The Swan label and the...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


Anti-dumping Actions

1 Dec 2017

Glazed and unglazed ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; glazed and unglazed ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing, currently falling within HS code 6907. This HS c...Read More


Official Journal Summary

1 Dec 2017

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2185 of 23 November 2017 on the list of codes and corresponding types of devices for the purpose of specifying the scope of the designation as notified bod...Read More


Latest Proposal from European Parliament Suggests Significant Change to the Way EU Calculates Anti-dumping Tariffs

17 Nov 2017

The European Parliament has proposed significant changes to the way in which anti-dumping tariffs are calculated. The latest draft position from the European Parliament specifies that EU investigators...Read More


EU Re-imposes Definitive Anti-dumping Duties on a Number of Shoe Exporters

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, the EU re-imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on shoe imports from Vietnam and mainland China for four company groups, for the period 2006-2011. These duties had been annulled b...Read More


RoHS Law Amendment Published, Exempting Cadmium-based Quantum Dots for Use in Display Lighting Applications, but for Limited Period Only

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, a new law which amends Directive 2011/65/EU, more commonly known as the “RoHS 2” Directive, was published in the EU’s Official Journal. Hong Kong sellers of electrical and electron...Read More


France Introduces Colour Coded Food Labelling System

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, France introduced a voluntary labelling scheme for food products. ‘Nutri-Score’, as it is called, ranks the overall nutritional quality of all food except single-ingredient foodstu...Read More

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