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Online Sellers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment Become Focus of WEEE Workshop, with Recommendations for Future Obligations to Avoid “Free-riding”

20 Oct 2017

On 13 September 2017, a workshop gathering more than 80 delegates from 12 different countries evaluated the impact of the waste electrical and electronic (WEEE) legislative framework on the compliance...Read More

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European Commission Introduces Decreased and Variable MIP on Solar Cells and Modules from Mainland China, Attracting Fierce Criticism from EU Industry

6 Oct 2017

As of 2 October 2017, the European Commission has replaced the original price undertaking on solar cells and solar modules from mainland China by a new, reduced and variable minimum import price (MIP)...Read More

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Mexico Proposes New Standards for Tyres and Fridges

29 Sept 2017

Mexico has issued separate proposals to establish new mandatory standards on (1) new radial tyres for use in motor vehicles with a gross weight not exceeding 4,536 kilogrammes (10,000 pounds), as well...Read More

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Solar Panels: EU Member States Back New and Reduced MIP, While Commission Removes Two Chinese Solar Producers from Price Undertaking

22 Sept 2017

On 7 September 2017, the EU Member States’ trade representatives voted on the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the minimum import price (MIP) at which exporting producers from mainland China a...Read More

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Stricter Ecodesign Requirements and Energy Labelling Rules for Vacuum Cleaners Enter into Force

22 Sept 2017

As from 1 September 2017, Hong Kong traders selling electrical appliances within the EU must comply with stricter ecodesign requirements in the case of vacuum cleaners, and ensure that they use the up...Read More

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VIETNAM: Toys and Home Appliances Among 114 Products Freed from Pre-Import Quality Inspection

8 Sept 2017

In a bid to reduce custom clearance time for 114 imported products, the Vietnamese government announced to free them from undergoing pre-import quality inspection....Read More

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CPSC Issues Business Guidance on Fidget Spinners

1 Sept 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a guidance document aimed at helping businesses ensure that fidget spinners sold in the United States comply with all relevant safety requirements....Read More

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Mexico Issues New Standards for Artificial Light Sources, Extends Requirements for Radio Signal Blocking Equipment

1 Sept 2017

Mexico has issued new mandatory standards (NOM-058-SCFI-2017) for artificial light sources for general lighting purposes, including indoor, outdoor and public lighting....Read More

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Solar Cells and Panels from Mainland China: Controversy Dogs Choice for Determining New EU MIP

25 Aug 2017

It has come to light that a Taiwanese investigation on the accuracy of market research company PVInsights’ price data has added yet another complication to the EU’s much disputed trade defence proceed...Read More

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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

18 Aug 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of general service fluorescent lamps, general servic...Read More

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Brazil Enhances Special Import Regime for Capital and IT Goods, Seeks to Facilitate Use of Trade Remedy Mechanisms by SMEs

18 Aug 2017

Brazil’s Foreign Trade Chamber (CAMEX) has approved a proposal to provide duty-free treatment, rather than a reduced two percent duty, to foreign capital goods and information technology and telecommu...Read More

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Solar Panels from China: EU to Lower Minimum Import Price in September 2017

11 Aug 2017

In yet another development in the EU’s longstanding trade defence proceedings against solar panels and solar cells from mainland China, it appears that the European Commission intends to reduce its so...Read More

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Changes to Energy Test Procedures for Certain AC and Heating Equipment Under Consideration

4 Aug 2017

In response to statutory requirements to review its test procedures as a result of any updates of the relevant industry test procedures, the U.S. Department of Energy has launched a data collection pr...Read More

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Argentina Sets Certain Administrative Requirements for Importers of Low-Voltage Electrical Equipment

4 Aug 2017

Argentina issued a regulation in July 2016 requiring low-voltage electrical equipment sold domestically to be certified for compliance with certain essential safety requirements....Read More

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Mexico Considering Standards for Mobile Terminal Equipment

4 Aug 2017

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 15 September on a proposal (PROY-NOM-221-SCFI-2017) that would set new mandatory standards for mobile terminal equipment that can use the radio spect...Read More

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Environment MEPs Back Update to RoHS 2 Following Compromise Reached Between European Parliament and Council

28 July 2017

On 11 July 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) officially backed plans to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); a key piece of EU legislation ...Read More

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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

21 July 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of walk-in cooler and freezer refrigeration systems,...Read More

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Mexico Issues New Standards for Room ACs, Proposes Standards for High Chairs

21 July 2017

Mexico has amended through standard NOM-021-ENER/SCFI-2017 the current mandatory safety and energy efficiency requirements for room air conditioners with a cooling capacity of up to 10,600 watts, with...Read More

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Argentina Requires Water Heaters to Comply with Energy Labelling Requirements by Year’s End

21 July 2017

The Argentinean government has moved forward, to 31 December 2017, the effective date of the energy efficiency labelling requirements for automatic storage water heaters, although these requirements w...Read More

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SRI LANKA: 13-Amp Square Pin Plugs Mandatory for All New Electrical Appliances

20 July 2017

All electrical appliances produced in/imported to Sri Lanka must be fitted with 13-Amp square-pin plugs (Type G in line with British Standard (BS) 1363) as of 16 August. This follows the adoption of s...Read More

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