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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


Europe Woos China with Wider Alipay and WeChat Pay Acceptance

21 March 2018

Germany and the UK lead the way as Euro-retailers set out to make high-spending Chinese visitors welcome....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


UK Businesses Rush to Comply with New European Data Protection Law

22 Feb 2018

With the long-mooted General Data Protection Regulation set to come into force as of May, many UK businesses are still struggling to ensure that all of their security and data-collection protocols wil...Read More


Licensed Toys Flounder in the UK Market, but Innovation Saves the Day

6 Feb 2018

In the second instalment of his review of the 2018 Toy Show Season, John Baulch, the Publisher of Toy World, turns his attention to the London Toy Fair, the leading industry event for the UK, Europe's...Read More


United Kingdom: Market Profile

1 Feb 2018

The heightened concern over Brexit is expected to discourage investment as both local and foreign companies may prefer investing in other EU countries to guarantee unfettered access to the Single Mark...Read More


UK Publishes Guide to Post-Brexit Trade Policy Rules

26 Jan 2018

On 8 January 2018, the UK Government published its guide to the Trade Bill, which underwent its second reading in the UK Parliament the next day, on 9 January. Of the greatest relevance to Hong Kong e...Read More


Space-Age Seats and Retro Recliners Jostle for Buyers at 100% Design

23 Jan 2018

Blending 21st century innovations with the very best in reinvented, reupholstered past classics, the London edition of 100% Design was the place to be for chairs beyond compare, top tables and the lat...Read More


The Asian Character Invasion Proves a Hit at Brand Licensing Europe

21 Dec 2017

Traditionally dominated by US and Europe-originated properties, this year a wave of Asian-sourced animated characters flooded the event, with their creators confident that their success at home could ...Read More


Tottering Toys R Us Triggers Tremors Well Beyond the UK and US

15 Dec 2017

With Toys R Us in trouble on both sides of the Atlantic, what does this signify for the toy sector in general and for UK retailers in particular? John Baulch, Publisher of Toy World, charts the seismi...Read More


Brexit in Focus: Future HK-UK Co-operation

8 Dec 2017

The ability of the UK to weather the impending Brexit economic storm will not only determine the country’s economic future, but also the future prospects for HK-EU co-operation. Uncertainty and opport...Read More


Contemporary Food and Drinks Reigns Supreme at Former Royal Palace

6 Dec 2017

Once home to Henry VIII of seven wives fame, for three days last summer Hampton Court Palace hosted the BBC Good Food Show Feast, the British broadcaster's celebration of the finest new foodstuffs and...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


Brexit in Focus: A Steady Course Through Uncharted Waters

20 Nov 2017

Uncertainty abounds over the implications of Brexit on trade and investment, leading different businesses to react differently in their preparation for the UK’s scheduled March 2019 departure. Pending...Read More


Brexit Survey: UK Businesses Already Targetting Non-EU Markets

10 Nov 2017

On 21 September 2017, during the course of the Think Asia, Think Hong Kong event in London, HKTDC Research conducted interviews with representatives of 77 British companies with regard to their Brexit...Read More


UK Government Publishes Brexit Policy Paper on Trade and Customs Arrangements

3 Nov 2017

On 9 October 2017, the UK government published a policy paper on its trade and customs arrangements leading up to and after Brexit. Notably, the government announced that it will develop its own trade...Read More


European Parliament Publishes Study on Trade Scenarios in a Post-Brexit Europe: Significant Impact on Traders Inevitable

22 Sept 2017

On 9 August 2017, the European Parliament published a Study on the Legal Implications of Brexit. The study covers key trade aspects such as the EU’s customs union, the internal market for goods and se...Read More


UK Gift Industry Considers Export Options as Brexit Reality Hits Home

21 Sept 2017

For exhibitors at this year's Home & Gift Buyers' Festival, one of the UK's leading events in the gift and premiums sector, it was business as usual on the homefront, although many were clearly rethin...Read More


Bad Year for UK Retailers Sees Several Survival Strategies on Show

7 Sept 2017

Shrinkflation, far-reaching redundancy programmes, cut backs on print costs, withholding order quantities and trips to theatre school, no approach is seen as off-limits as the UK's Brexit-beleaguered ...Read More


Brexit and Franchise Fatigue Delivers Tough Year for UK Toy Sector

30 Aug 2017

After three years of growth, 2017 has seen the UK toy market suffer a 7% decline, a consequence of Brexit uncertainties and consumer disenchantment with the ever-shortening interludes between merchand...Read More

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