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EU Opens New Quotas, Reduces Tariffs, in Relation to Wide Array of Products

13 July 2018

On 27 June 2018, two Regulations were published in the EU’s Official Journal which are likely to be of some interest to Hong Kong sellers. One of these opens and provides for the management of autonom...Read More

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Member States Agree to Imposition of Provisional Measures in Safeguard Action Targeting Steel Imports

13 July 2018

On 5 July 2018, EU governments are reported to have approved the imposition of provisional safeguard measures on certain steel imports entering the EU market. The European Commission is said to have p...Read More

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Newly Expanded Candidate List of Problematic Substances Triggers Reporting and Information Obligations for Some Suppliers

13 July 2018

On 27 June 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it has updated the EU’s Candidate List by adding 10 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to that List. The Candidate List no...Read More

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European Commission Amends List of Substances Permitted in Plastics Coming into Contact with Food

13 July 2018

On 5 June 2018, Commission Regulation 2018/831 was published in the EU’s Official Journal. The new Regulation outlines amendments to Commission Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles int...Read More

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Reform of the EU’s Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Legislation Enters into Force

29 June 2018

On 7 June 2018, Regulation 2018/825 was published in the Official Journal, bringing about significant amendments to the EU’s anti-dumping and anti-subsidy legislation. The amendments came into force o...Read More

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EU Regulation Imposes Extra Duties on Vast Number of US-origin Goods; Other EU Safeguard Measures on Steel Products Set to Follow

29 June 2018

On 21 June 2018, Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/886 was published in the EU’s Official Journal, putting in place the EU's “rebalancing measures” in response to the US tariffs on steel and alu...Read More

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EU Issues Guidance on Surveillance Mechanisms for Steel and Aluminium Imports

29 June 2018

On 12 June 2018, the European Commission published guidelines clarifying how industry participants should comply with the ‘prior surveillance’ regimes which have been imposed on imports of steel and a...Read More

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Food Labelling Q&As Published with a View to Assisting Business Operators of Foodstuffs

29 June 2018

On 8 June 2018, a European Commission guidance on the EU law related to food labelling was published in the Official Journal. The name of the publication is the “Commission notice on questions and ans...Read More

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Calls Made to Reform EU’s Ecodesign Rules and Oust Planned Obsolescence

29 June 2018

Hong Kong traders of electronics and other energy-related products will be interested in a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 31 May 2018 regarding the EU’s Ecodesign Directive, and comm...Read More

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Sweden Investigates Banned Substances in Small Consumer Goods, and Labelling Compliance of Over 20,000 Mixtures Such As Detergents

29 June 2018

Earlier this summer, the Swedish Chemicals Agency published a report on its investigation into the contents of goods which are small enough for children to put into their mouths. These include mobile ...Read More

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Certain Commonly Used Plastic Products to Be Banned, Others to Require Marking and Face Other Measures

15 June 2018

On 28 May 2018, the European Commission published its much debated draft law targeting single use plastics (SUPs). The future law will, it is intended, ban a number of frequently used products – such ...Read More

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Additional Duties on Large Number of US Products Imported into the EU to Begin Applying in July This Year

15 June 2018

On 6 June 2018, as part of the EU's response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium products, the European Commission’s 28 highest ranking officials (the so-called “College of Commissioners”) endors...Read More

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ECHA Launches Call for Evidence on Substances Found in, Among Others, Textile and Leather Articles

15 June 2018

On 21 May 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a call for evidence on the use of skin sensitisers, skin irritants and/or corrosive substances in textile and leather articles, hides and ...Read More

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Circular Economy Package Adopted, While Product Obsolescence Remains in Spotlight for Shaping of Future Laws

15 June 2018

On 22 May 2018, EU Member State ministers voting within the Council adopted the much-touted Circular Economy Package which will apply throughout the European Union. Earlier, on 18 April 2018, the Pack...Read More

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New EU Data Protection Regulation Set to Have Impact on Hong Kong Companies Operating in the EU

1 June 2018

On 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) became directly applicable throughout the European Union. This new instrument, which establishes a harmonised set of rules on the ...Read More

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New Set of Exemptions under EU RoHS Law Published, Which Could Assist Hong Kong Exporters of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

1 June 2018

On 18 May 2018, the Official Journal of the EU published seven new directives, each of them amending framework Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electro...Read More

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EU’s Toy Safety Directive Amended So As to Lower Limit Values for Chromium VI in Scraped-off Toy Materials

1 June 2018

On 17 May 2018, a new EU-wide law – Directive 2018/725 – was published in the Official Journal of the EU. The new Directive amends Directive 2009/48/EC, which is the framework toy safety Directive, by...Read More

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Product Registration under Revised WEEE Rules Launched in Germany

1 June 2018

New German rules on the registration of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) considerably widen the scope of the products which have to be registered. From 15 August 2018 onwards, all EEE falls w...Read More

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Proposed EU Law Focuses on Collective Representative Actions on Behalf of Wronged Consumers

1 June 2018

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission published a new proposed Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers. Hong Kong sellers will appreciate th...Read More

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European Commission Takes Further Action Against Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 May 2018

On 26 April 2018, the European Commission received backing from the EU’s REACH Committee to take further action against hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems....Read More

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