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AQSIQ Cancels Designation of Pre-shipment Inspection Agencies for Imported Used Mechanical and Electrical Products

27 March 2017

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) released the Decision on Amending the Administrative Measures for the Supervision and Inspection of Imported Used M...Read More

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Developments in Trade Defence Measures on Solar Panels

24 March 2017

New developments have arisen in the longstanding solar panels case. While SolarWorld, a European solar producer, continues its legal challenge against the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar...Read More

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Banned Chemicals Found in Consumer Electronics Pursuant to Swedish Survey

24 March 2017

In a survey of last year that culminated in the release of a revelatory report, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) released a finding that nearly four out of ten low-priced electronic products contai...Read More

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Canada Proposes New Energy Efficiency Standards for 17 Products

17 March 2017

The Canadian government has announced its intention to develop more stringent energy efficiency requirements for seven categories of residential products and four categories of commercial and industri...Read More

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Argentina Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Computers, Tablets, Other Products

3 March 2017

The Argentinean government has provided duty-free treatment to computers, tablets, printers, storage units, keyboards, mice and certain other items classified under a range of tariff lines within head...Read More

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EU Extends Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Duties on Chinese Solar Cells and Solar Panels

24 Feb 2017

On 17 February 2017, EU Member State delegates voted on the highly controversial European Commission proposal to counter unfair pricing methods and state aid linked to solar cells and solar panels ori...Read More

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Commission Proposes to Exclude Used Electronics from Restrictions

24 Feb 2017

On 26 January 2017, the European Commission unveiled a new proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); the current EU legislation setting out restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substanc...Read More

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Commission Adopts Guidelines for Self-regulation Measures Concluded by Industry

24 Feb 2017

The European Commission has issued guidelines for self-regulation measures concluded by industry (the Guidelines), under Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign req...Read More

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Mexico Unveils New Standards for Hydraulic Jacks, Safety Glass and Radio Signal Blocking Equipment, Extends Standards for Digital Interfaces

17 Feb 2017

The Mexican government has issued new or updated mandatory standards, or extended the current mandatory standards, for the following products....Read More

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Proposal to Extend Anti-dumping Duties on Chinese Solar Panels Opposed by Some Member States

10 Feb 2017

On 26 January 2017, during a meeting of trade officials from the EU Member States, a majority voted against the European Commission’s proposal to extend the anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels...Read More

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Commission Introduces New Ecodesign Rules for Certain Heating and Cooling Products

10 Feb 2017

The European Commission has recently published Commission Regulation 2016/2281 establishing ecodesign requirements for the placing on the market of air heating products, cooling products, high tempera...Read More

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Energy Star Specifications for Laboratory-Grade Fridges Unveiled

3 Feb 2017

The EPA recently finalised its first-ever Energy Star specification for laboratory-grade refrigerators and freezers....Read More

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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

3 Feb 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 lamps, ceiling fans and dedicated...Read More

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Deadline for Rohs Law Adoption by Member States Paves Way for Wider Ban on Harmful Chemicals

27 Jan 2017

Hong Kong’s electronics vendors selling to consumers located in the EU should be reminded of a major amendment to the EU’s framework law restricting hazardous substances in electrical and electronic e...Read More

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EU Ban on Cadmium in Batteries for Cordless Power Tools Enters into Effect

27 Jan 2017

On 31 December 2016, a ban on cadmium in certain types of batteries came into effect. Hong Kong traders may recall that the framework batteries Directive 2006/66/EC bans virtually all batteries or acc...Read More

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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

20 Jan 2017

The Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of compressors and residential central air conditioners a...Read More

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Mexico Considers New Technical Requirements for Room Air Conditioners

20 Jan 2017

Mexican authorities are seeking input from interested parties by 24 February on a proposal (PROY-NOM-021-ENER/SCFI-2016) to amend the current mandatory safety and energy efficiency requirements for ro...Read More

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European Commission Proposes Two-year Trade Measures Extension Against Solar Cells and Panels Originating in Mainland China

13 Jan 2017

Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding trade defence measures against solar cells and panels originating in mainland China, the European Commission is reported to have planned for an extension of...Read More

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European Commission’s Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019 Finally Published

13 Jan 2017

After an 18 month delay, the Commission has finally published its ‘Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019’ providing crucial insights into how the EU’s energy efficiency rules will develop in that timeframe...Read More

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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

6 Jan 2017

The Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of dishwashers, conventional cooking products, uninterrup...Read More

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