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Argentina Announces New Requirements for Electrical Equipment

13 April 2018

Argentina has unveiled a new regulatory regime to ensure that electrical equipment commercialised in the country provides an adequate level of protection to consumers, property and household pets....Read More

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Opinion from Highest EU Court on Energy Labelling of Vacuum Cleaners Could Have Ramifications for Other Appliances As Well

6 April 2018

An opinion delivered by an Advocate General of the EU’s Court of Justice contends that suppliers and dealers of vacuum cleaners may not use supplementary labels which reproduce or clarify the informat...Read More

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Argentina Again Extends Deadline to Comply with Technical Requirements for Electric Metres

29 March 2018

The Argentinean government has again extended the deadline for producers, importers and sellers to comply with the technical requirements for electric metres laid out under Resolution 90/2012 as amend...Read More

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Singapore Strengthens Mercury Restrictions in Batteries

12 March 2018

On January 3, 2018, the National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore published circular NEA/HS/6.6 to update the mercury restrictions in batteries and button cells under Part 1 of the Second Schedul...Read More

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Requests for Exclusions from Solar Panel Safeguard Due by 16 March

2 March 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting through 16 March requests to exclude particular products from the safeguard measure President Trump imposed on 23 January on imports of crystal...Read More

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Export Controls on Explosives, Protective Gear, Military Electronics Under Review

2 March 2018

The U.S. State Department and BIS are seeking public comments by 13 April in connection with reviews of articles transferred from the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List. Items controlled...Read More

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Mexico Issues New Standards for Radio Equipment with Digital Interfaces for Public Networks

2 March 2018

Mexico has issued new mandatory standards for radio equipment with digital interfaces for public networks operating at 2,048 kbit/s and 34,368 kbit/s....Read More

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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

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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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Deadline for Input on Possible Changes to Appliance Standards Development Process Extended

15 Feb 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy has extended from 16 February through 2 March its deadline for public input to help the agency identify potential modifications to its “Process Rule” for the development ...Read More

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Argentina Extends Deadline to Comply with Energy Efficiency Labelling Requirements for Microwave Ovens

15 Feb 2018

Argentina has extended until 6 April the deadline to comply with the energy efficiency labelling requirements of Resolution 319/1999 with respect to microwave ovens, as provided for under Disposition ...Read More

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EU Decision Revising the Ecolabelling of Televisions Published

9 Feb 2018

According to the European Commission’s website, ecolabelled televisions must meet criteria that guarantee lower energy consumption during use and stand-by; a limitation of substances harmful to health...Read More

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Possible Changes to Microwave Oven Energy Test Procedures under Consideration

2 Feb 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy has initiated a data collection process to consider whether to amend its energy test procedures for microwave ovens....Read More

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New Standards for Electric Metres under Consideration in Mexico

2 Feb 2018

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 16 March on a proposal (PROY-NOM-001-CRE/SCFI-2017) to establish new mandatory metrological requirements, test methods and conformity assessment proc...Read More

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Chinese Solar-panel Maker Challenges Exclusion from Price Undertaking Before EU’s General Court

12 Jan 2018

It was reported on 18 December 2017 that the Chinese solar-panel maker Wuxi Saijing Solar has lodged an appeal against the EU on 30 November 2017 for excluding it from the price undertaking that allow...Read More

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Input Sought on Possible Changes to Appliance Standards Development Process

5 Jan 2018

The DOE will hold a meeting on 8 January and is accepting comments through 16 February to help the agency identify potential modifications to its “Process Rule” for the development of energy efficienc...Read More

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Mexico Proposes New Standards for Electronic Products and IT Equipment

5 Jan 2018

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 16 February and 17 February, respectively, on separate proposals to establish new mandatory safety requirements and test methods for (1) information ...Read More

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New Energy Efficiency Standards for Split ACs under Consideration in Mexico

5 Jan 2018

Mexican authorities are seeking input by 19 February on a proposal (PROY-NOM-023-ENER-2017) to establish new mandatory energy efficiency standards for mini-split and multi-split air conditioners with ...Read More

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Lawmakers Express Concern About Possible Remedies on Solar Cells

22 Dec 2017

A group of 41 House and Senate Republicans have expressed concern in separate letters to USTR Lighthizer about the potential negative effects of the proposed safeguard remedies on imports of crystalli...Read More

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Argentina Rescinds Non-Automatic Import Licencing Requirements for Various Products, Lowers Duties on Certain Copolymers

22 Dec 2017

Argentina has rescinded the non-automatic licencing requirements it had in place on 19 electrical and electronic products of headings 8415, 8418, 8516, 8528, 8521, 8527 and 8528, including certain air...Read More

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