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Public Consultation Launched into Possible Customs Law on Binding Valuation of Goods

23 March 2018

Hong Kong traders may like to be informed that on 1 March 2018, the European Commission launched a public consultation on whether to introduce a legal basis for decisions on Binding Valuation Informat...Read More


Commission Outlines Plan to Extend Trade Defence Instruments to Goods Brought to the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf

23 March 2018

On 6 March 2018, the European Commission published a proposal on Trade Defence Instruments (TDIs). This Working Paper from the Customs Expert Group recommended three key reforms....Read More


EU Works on Countermeasures Against US Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium, Including Possibility of Safeguard Measures Affecting Imports from All Non-EU Countries

23 March 2018

On 8 March 2018, the US issued two Presidential Proclamations on adjusting imports of steel and aluminium into that country, announcing President Trump’s decision to impose a 25 percent ad valorem tar...Read More


Effect of Brexit on Food Laws and How Hong Kong Traders of Foodstuffs May Be Affected

23 March 2018

The European Commission has published a notice titled “Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU Food Law”. It points out that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK establish...Read More


Parliamentarians Call for Broadening of Ecodesign Rules to Include “Obsolescence”

23 March 2018

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) representing the main European Parliament political groups have called for a review of EU rules on ecodesign. On 26 February 2018 the Committee on the Environ...Read More


Microplastic Particles in Products: ECHA Calls for Evidence Concerning Intentional Uses

23 March 2018

Upon request of the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is currently conducting an investigation into microplastic particles (also known as microbeads) intentionally added to or ...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

23 March 2018

Certain organic coated steel products (‘OCS’), i.e. flat-rolled products of non-alloy and alloy steel (not including stainless steel) which are painted, varnished or coated with plastics on at least o...Read More


Official Journal Summary

23 March 2018

Notice of initiation of a safeguard investigation concerning imports of Indica rice originating in Cambodia and Myanmar....Read More


Consumer Protection: European Parliament Approves EU-wide Rules for Defective Products

9 March 2018

On 22 February 2018, the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee approved a single set of rules to ensure consumers buying online or face-to-face in a local shop obtain...Read More


EU Enforcement Project Finds High Levels of Restricted Chemicals in Toys, Jewellery and Other Consumer Goods

9 March 2018

In February 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a report on the fourth REACH-EN-FORCE (REF-4) project of its Enforcement Forum. The project aims to raise awareness of chemical restric...Read More


European Commission Amends Regulation on Food Contact Materials

9 March 2018

On 8 February 2018, new Commission Regulation 2018/79 entered into force. The new Regulation adds conditions and restrictions regarding certain plastics, uses and substances for food packaging. This n...Read More


Withdrawal of the UK: Its Effect on EU Importers, Authorised Representatives and Product Compliance in the Field of Consumer Goods

9 March 2018

The European Commission has published a document analysing the impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on non-food and non-agricultural products. The document discusses products that will be placed ...Read More


Adoption of New European Plastics Strategy to Affect the Way Plastic Products are Designed, Produced, Used, and Recycled

9 March 2018

On 27 February 2018, EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella undertook to put forth a legislative proposal restricting single-use plastics, with a view to fulfilment of one of the main aims of the E...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

9 March 2018

Bicycles and other cycles (including delivery tricycles, but excluding unicycles), not motorised, currently falling within CN codes ex 8712 00 30 and ex 8712 00 70 (TARIC code 8712003010 and 871200709...Read More


Official Journal Summary

9 March 2018

Corrigendum to the Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of certain tube and pipe fittings originating in Turkey, Russia, Korea and Malaysia....Read More


New Law on Textile Fibre Names Introduces Changes in Existing Law

23 Feb 2018

Hong Kong’s textiles and clothing exporters should be alerted to a new law, Commission Delegated Regulation 2018/122, which entered into force on 15 February 2018, and concerns EU legislation on texti...Read More


Smart Toys Pose Risks Related to the Capturing of Personal Data, Claims Report Issued by German Ministry

23 Feb 2018

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (the Ministry) has issued an announcement drawing attention to data protection concerns raised by increasingly popular smart toys. Accord...Read More


EU Updates Tax Havens Blacklist: Eight Jurisdictions Removed Following Commitments

23 Feb 2018

An update regarding the EU’s ‘tax haven blacklist’ has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. As reported in Regulatory Alert-EU: EU Tax Haven Lists Highlight International Disa...Read More


Solar Panel Producers Challenge Decision to Retroactively Impose Duties, While European Parliament Discusses New Rules Which Might Affect Solar Panels Growth

23 Feb 2018

On 5 February 2018, two notices of action were published in the EU’s Official Journal, one brought by Kraftpojkarna (a Swedish producer of solar panels) and another brought by Wuxi Saijing Solar (a Ch...Read More


Regulations Published on the EU-wide Harmonised Classification of a Mattress Cover and an Electrical Apparatus

23 Feb 2018

Two new Commission Regulations entered into force during the month of February, concerning the classification of goods in the EU’s Combined Nomenclature (CN). The first one concerns the harmonised cla...Read More

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