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USITC Recommends Safeguard Measures on Clothes Washers as DOC Self-Initiates AD/CV Cases on Aluminium Sheet

8 Dec 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced its recommendations for import restrictions on large residential washers following its determination in a section 201 global safeguard investigati...Read More


CPSC to Address Tip Over Hazards from Clothing Storage Units

8 Dec 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted on 21 November to issue an advance notice of proposed rulemaking concerning the risk of injuries and death associated with clothing storage units tipping o...Read More


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


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


California to Require More Comprehensive Labelling of Cleaning Products Beginning in 2021

27 Oct 2017

California recently enacted legislation that will require manufacturers of a range of cleaning products to comply no later than 1 January 2021 (no later than 1 January 2020 for on-line disclosures) wi...Read More


Rhode Island Bans Toxic Flame Retardants in Furniture and Bedding Products

27 Oct 2017

Rhode Island recently became only the second U.S. state after Maine to enact a comprehensive ban on toxic flame retardants in certain consumer products....Read More


Formaldehyde Labelling Delayed for Goods Made with Composite Wood Products

13 Oct 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the compliance dates associated with a December 2016 final rule implementing the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress in 2010 (in ti...Read More


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

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