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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


New EU Green Public Procurement Criteria for Furniture Published

8 Sept 2017

On 10 August 2017, the European Commission published new EU green public procurement (GPP) criteria for furniture, an area with a high annual spend by public authorities in the European Union. The EU ...Read More


CBP Investigates Evasion of AD Duties on Mainland Chinese Hangers, Furniture and Sawblades

1 Sept 2017

CBP has announced its first-ever final determination in an antidumping duty evasion investigation under the Enforce and Protect Act and advanced several associated proceedings....Read More


CBP Adds Wood and Other Plant/Plant Product Imports to Compliance Effort

1 Sept 2017

CBP is expanding its enforcement efforts by targeting importers it suspects may have compliance deficiencies with respect to the Lacey Act declaration requirement and related customs issues....Read More


Possible Changes to Incandescent Lamp Standards under Consideration

1 Sept 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking information by 16 October on annual domestic sales and shipments of general service incandescent lamps and other incandescent lamps to determine whether to ame...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


Maine Adopts Comprehensive Ban on Flame Retardants in Upholstered Furniture

18 Aug 2017

Maine recently enacted into law a broad-ranging ban on the sale and distribution state-wide of upholstered furniture containing in its fabric or other covering, or in its cushioning materials, more th...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


Furniture Flame Retardant Added to California Prop 65 List

4 Aug 2017

Effective 7 July, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added pentabromodiphenyl ether mixture to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of the S...Read More


Early Compliance Labelling Allowed for Composite Wood Products

21 July 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule allowing composite wood products and finished goods that contain such products that are manufactured prior to 12 December 2017 and ar...Read More


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


Imports Can Retroactively Qualify for Reduced Anti-dumping Duty Rate, According to Advocate General’s Opinion

14 July 2017

Hong Kong traders may like to take note of a recent opinion delivered by the EU Advocate General, in which he considers that importers should be allowed to retrospectively demonstrate to national cust...Read More


MALAYSIA: Rubberwood Exports Banned in Bid to Boost Domestic Furniture Sector

5 July 2017

A ban on all exports of rubberwood – a light-coloured hardwood obtained from the Pará rubber tree – has been imposed as of 1 July....Read More


Entry Requirements Clarified for LED Products and Goods Containing LEDs

23 June 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has issued the following guidance to address confusion regarding entry reporting requirements for light-emitting diode products and products containing LEDs....Read More


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


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


Consumer Watchdog Group Leads Effort Against Furniture Containing Toxic Chemicals

9 June 2017

California-based consumer watchdog group Center for Environmental Health recently announced a pledge by several major companies, higher education institutions and government purchasers to preferential...Read More


EU – Outdoor Seat and Table – EN 581-1: 2017

13 April 2017

A new version of the European EN 581-1 Outdoor Seat and Table Standard has been published on March 17, 2017 and includes several revisions. EN 581-1:2017 replaces EN 581-1:2006 with immediate effect. ...Read More


US BIFMA Releases Update of New Office Chair ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – 2011

5 April 2017

On 14 February 2017, BIFMA released an update of ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – 2011 (General-Purpose Office Chairs Tests). The updated edition now designated ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – 2017, aids furniture manufacturers i...Read More


EPA Rule on Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products Delayed

31 March 2017

The EPA has delayed from 10 February to 22 May the effective date of its final rule implementing the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress in 2010 (in title VI of the Toxic Substance...Read More

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