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DOC Announces Deal to Lift Export Ban on Major Mainland Chinese Telecom Company as Congress Seeks to Maintain Restrictions

22 June 2018

A ban on exports to a major mainland Chinese telecommunications company could be lifted soon after the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the company has agreed to a significant fine and exten...Read More


Argentina Amends Certification Requirements for Electrical Equipment

22 June 2018

Argentina recently modified certain aspects of the certification requirements for domestically-produced and imported electrical equipment....Read More


New Set of Exemptions under EU RoHS Law Published, Which Could Assist Hong Kong Exporters of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

1 June 2018

On 18 May 2018, the Official Journal of the EU published seven new directives, each of them amending framework Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electro...Read More


Product Registration under Revised WEEE Rules Launched in Germany

1 June 2018

New German rules on the registration of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) considerably widen the scope of the products which have to be registered. From 15 August 2018 onwards, all EEE falls w...Read More


Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Repeal Safeguard Duties on Solar Cells and Modules

11 May 2018

A bi-partisan group of House lawmakers led by Rep. Jacky Rosen (Democrat-Nevada) introduced legislation on 18 April to repeal the safeguard measure President Trump imposed on 23 January on imports of ...Read More


DOC Seeks Input on Forced Localisation Measures for ITC Products

27 April 2018

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration is seeking information by 14 May on trade-related forced localisation policies, practices and measures that affect the U.S. informa...Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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