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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Chinese Solar-panel Maker Challenges Exclusion from Price Undertaking Before EU’s General Court

12 Jan 2018

It was reported on 18 December 2017 that the Chinese solar-panel maker Wuxi Saijing Solar has lodged an appeal against the EU on 30 November 2017 for excluding it from the price undertaking that allow...Read More

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Input Sought on Possible Changes to Appliance Standards Development Process

5 Jan 2018

The DOE will hold a meeting on 8 January and is accepting comments through 16 February to help the agency identify potential modifications to its “Process Rule” for the development of energy efficienc...Read More

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Mexico Proposes New Standards for Electronic Products and IT Equipment

5 Jan 2018

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 16 February and 17 February, respectively, on separate proposals to establish new mandatory safety requirements and test methods for (1) information ...Read More

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New Energy Efficiency Standards for Split ACs under Consideration in Mexico

5 Jan 2018

Mexican authorities are seeking input by 19 February on a proposal (PROY-NOM-023-ENER-2017) to establish new mandatory energy efficiency standards for mini-split and multi-split air conditioners with ...Read More

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Lawmakers Express Concern About Possible Remedies on Solar Cells

22 Dec 2017

A group of 41 House and Senate Republicans have expressed concern in separate letters to USTR Lighthizer about the potential negative effects of the proposed safeguard remedies on imports of crystalli...Read More

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Argentina Rescinds Non-Automatic Import Licencing Requirements for Various Products, Lowers Duties on Certain Copolymers

22 Dec 2017

Argentina has rescinded the non-automatic licencing requirements it had in place on 19 electrical and electronic products of headings 8415, 8418, 8516, 8528, 8521, 8527 and 8528, including certain air...Read More

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Scope of “RoHS 2” is Amended, Affecting Replacement of Spare Parts and Refurbished Electrical and Electronic Equipment

15 Dec 2017

On 21 November 2017, new Directive 2017/2102, which amends the scope of Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS ...Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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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