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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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Textile, Appliance, TV Labelling Regulations to be Updated

7 July 2017

The Federal Trade Commission is moving to streamline its regulations on textile, appliance and television labelling as part of its regulatory reform initiative. Additional steps to remove or reduce ou...Read More

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European Parliament Votes Overwhelmingly in Favour of Energy Labelling Reform

30 June 2017

On 13 June 2017, members of the European Parliament voted in favour of recalibrating the scale for energy efficiency product labels. The measure was approved by 535 votes to 46, with 79 abstentions. H...Read More

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New Safeguard Probe Launched on Clothes Washers

23 June 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted a global safeguard investigation that could result in a new tariff-rate quota on large residential washers....Read More

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Mexico Considers New Standards for Lamps, Certain Digital Interfaces

23 June 2017

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 6 August on a proposal to amend the current mandatory energy efficiency standards for domestically-produced and imported general purpose lamps used i...Read More

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Real Name Registration Now Obligatory for Drone-Owners

13 June 2017

Drone-owners have until 31 August this year to register – using their real names – with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The requirement sees both owners and manufacturers of drones ...Read More

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New Safeguard Investigation Launched on Solar Cells

9 June 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted a global safeguard investigation that could result in up to eight years of higher tariffs and minimum prices on imports of crystalline silicon ph...Read More

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Compliance Dates Postponed for Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products

9 June 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule extending the compliance dates associated with a final rule implementing the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress ...Read More

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DOE Confirms Need to Comply with Tougher Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans, Other Products

9 June 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy has confirmed that the stricter mandatory energy efficiency standards issued in October 2016 or January 2017 for ceiling fans, miscellaneous refrigeration products, dedic...Read More

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Argentina Further Amends Certification Requirements for Low-Voltage Electrical Equipment

9 June 2017

Argentina has further amended a July 2016 regulation requiring low-voltage electrical equipment that is sold in the country to be certified for compliance with certain essential safety requirements....Read More

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Trade Defence Measures on Solar Panels: Canadian Solar Leads New Chinese Appeal While EU Producer Solarworld Forced to File for Bankruptcy

2 June 2017

It was reported on 15 May 2017 that Canadian Solar is leading a new Chinese appeal against EU duties on solar cells and solar panels from mainland China, giving rise to yet another development in the ...Read More

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