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California’s Broad Restrictions on Flame Retardant Chemicals Enacted into Law

11 Oct 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law legislation banning the use effective from 1 January 2020 of most flame retardant chemicals in children’s products, mattresses and upholstered ...Read More

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Argentina Unveils Framework Standards for Construction Products

19 Sept 2018

Argentina recently approved framework technical requirements setting forth minimum standards for construction products sold in the country. The government will issue more specific technical standards ...Read More

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EU Updates Rules on Wood Packaging Materials for Specified Chinese Commodities

27 Aug 2018

As Hong Kong traders with exporting interests in mainland China may recall, Decision 2013/92/EU had subjected wood packaging materials for certain commodities to supervision by Member States’ customs ...Read More

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Judgment in EU Energy Labelling Case Could Have Ramifications for Hong Kong Suppliers of Home Appliance Products

10 Aug 2018

On 25 July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) handed down a ruling on energy labelling, in a case that had been initiated by well-known electronics manufacturer Dyson against ...Read More

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Mexico Adopts New Standards for Certain Air Conditioners

23 July 2018

Mexico has established new mandatory energy efficiency standards for mini-split and multi-split air conditioners with a nominal cooling capacity ranging from 1 to 19,050 Wt....Read More

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CBP Finds Mainland Chinese Clothes Hangers Were Transshipped Through Malaysia

13 April 2018

In its second final determination in an antidumping duty evasion investigation under the Enforce and Protect Act, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has found substantial evidence that eight companies...Read More

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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

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Mexico Sets New Energy Standards for Lamps, Considers New Labelling Requirements for Personal Care Products

29 March 2018

Mexico has amended effective from 8 May the current mandatory energy efficiency standards for domestically-produced and imported general purpose lamps used in residential, commercial, services, indust...Read More

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Energy Labelling Requirements for Some Appliances Updated

16 March 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a final rule that will update ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures on EnergyGuide labels for dishwashers, furnaces, room air conditioners and po...Read More

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Mexico Proposes New Standards for Showerheads

16 March 2018

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 30 April on a proposal (PROY-NOM-008-CONAGUA-2017) to amend the current mandatory technical standards for domestically-produced and imported new and ...Read More

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US$500,000 Penalty to Resolve Charges of AD Duty Evasion Involving Mainland Chinese Furniture

2 March 2018

A U.S. company has agreed to pay US$500,000 to resolve allegations that it made false statements on customs declarations to avoid paying AD duties on wooden bedroom furniture from mainland China, the ...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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Mexico Updates Mandatory Standard for School Scissors, Announces TRQs for Various Products

19 Jan 2018

Mexico has updated through NOM-140-SCFI-2017 its mandatory standards for children’s scissors, which were originally adopted in 2000 and amended in 2001....Read More

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LAOS: Detailed List of Officially Approved Wooden Exports Released

8 Jan 2018

A detailed list of wooden products for export has been released by the Lao government, which includes different types of interior flooring, furniture, carpentry, as well as bamboo and rattan goods....Read More

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New Mandatory Safety Standard Adopted for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools

5 Jan 2018

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule that will, effective 15 June, establish a new mandatory safety standard for children’s folding chairs and stools....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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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

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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

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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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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

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