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SolarWorld Loses Legal Challenge Against Price Undertaking for Imported Solar Cells and Solar Modules Before Europe’s Highest Court

1 Dec 2017

On 9 November 2017, in cases C-204/16 P and C-205/16 P, the European Court of Justice rejected a legal challenge brought by SolarWorld, a German producer of solar cells and solar modules. The challeng...Read More


Updates to Energy Labelling Requirements for Some Appliances under Consideration

24 Nov 2017

In accordance with a requirement to update range of comparability and annual energy cost information every five years, the Federal Trade Commission is seeking comments by 4 December on a proposal to a...Read More


RoHS Law Amendment Published, Exempting Cadmium-based Quantum Dots for Use in Display Lighting Applications, but for Limited Period Only

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, a new law which amends Directive 2011/65/EU, more commonly known as the “RoHS 2” Directive, was published in the EU’s Official Journal. Hong Kong sellers of electrical and electron...Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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