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Irish Authorities Carry out Inspection on Restricted Chemicals and Survey on Consumers’ Awareness of the CE Mark

24 March 2017

Two recent developments shed light on the importance that Irish enforcement authorities place on ensuring products comply with EU safety laws. First, the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA) h...Read More


Court Rules on Classification of Items Used During Holidays

17 March 2017

The CIT ruled on 1 March that certain dinnerware and other items with holiday themes or designed to be used during holidays are properly classified according to their constituent materials and dutiabl...Read More


Argentina Narrows Scope of Import Licencing Requirements, Adopts New Criterion Value for Plastic Tableware and Kitchenware

17 March 2017

The Argentinean government has again amended the list of items subject to non-automatic import licencing by removing goods classified under NCM 8471.30.12, 8471.30.19, 8471.30.90, 8471.41.10, 8471.49....Read More


EU Ecolabelling for Textiles to be Amended, While New Decision Published for Floorings

10 March 2017

In recent weeks, there have been a number of important developments in the area of EU Ecolabelling, the voluntary scheme allowing traders to label their products as having a reduced environmental impa...Read More


FRQG Updated Standards for Children’s Furniture

6 March 2017

The Furniture Industry Research Association in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group published four new revised standards for children’s furniture: FIRA/FRQG C001~C004:2016 on 27 January...Read More


Argentina Adopts New Criterion Values for Certain Toilet and Kitchen Linen

3 March 2017

Argentina has amended the reference/criterion values for toilet and kitchen linen of cotton terry towelling or similar terry fabrics classified under NCM 6302.60.00 from various sources, including Hon...Read More


Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

3 Feb 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 lamps, ceiling fans and dedicated...Read More


Mexico Sets New Energy Efficiency Standards for LED Lamps

3 Feb 2017

Mexico’s Ministry of Energy has amended the mandatory energy efficiency standards, test procedures, sampling, conformity assessment and labelling requirements for integrated LED lamps for general ligh...Read More


CPSC Advances Efforts to Improve Safety of Clothing Storage Units, Portable Generators

4 Nov 2016

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently outlined on-going efforts to improve the safety of clothing storage units and portable generators as well as priorities on the product safety, import su...Read More


Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

4 Nov 2016

The Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of general purpose lamps, direct heating equipment and ci...Read More


Volkswagen’s Dieselgate Scandal Puts Home Appliances under Scrutiny

28 Oct 2016

On 18 September 2016, an investigation by a consortium of NGOs into the home appliance industry was announced, which could be seen as a spill-over effect of Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” scandal that erup...Read More


DOE Considers New Definition for General Service Lamps

21 Oct 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy will hold a public meeting on 21 October to discuss and receive comment on a proposed definition for general service lamps to be published in a forthcoming notice of prop...Read More


European Parliament Objects to Cadmium Exemption in Illumination and Display Lighting Applications, Commonly Used in LCD Screens

14 Oct 2016

On 27 September 2016, an objection from the European Parliament to an exemption for cadmium use in illumination and display lighting applications under EU Directive 2011/65 restricting hazardous subst...Read More


Turkey Initiates Anti-dumping Investigation on Imports of Certain Tableware and Kitchenware Originating in Mainland China

14 Oct 2016

Hong Kong traders with export interests in Turkey may like to know that Turkey initiated a dumping investigation into tableware and kitchenware of ceramic and porcelain originating in mainland China a...Read More


Mexico Proposes New Standards for Radio Communication Systems, Lamp Controllers, Sanitary Appliances

7 Oct 2016

The Mexican government is proposing new mandatory standards for radio communication systems, lamp controllers and sanitary appliances. Comments on these proposals are due by 12 November, 13 November a...Read More


Ban on Certain Halogen Bulbs Commences, Paving Way for Wider Ban in Two Years’ Time

30 Sept 2016

The EU ban on certain halogen light bulbs began applying EU-wide on 1 September 2016. This has come about pursuant to Commission Regulation 1194/2012 which has established ecodesign requirements for t...Read More


EU Extends Ecolabel for Furniture, Footwear and Computers

30 Sept 2016

On 4 August 2016, Commission Decision 2016/1332 was published in the EU’s Official Journal, extending the application of the Ecolabel to furniture including wooden furniture. On 9 August and 12 August...Read More


Update on Recent Consumer Product Safety Commission Actions

23 Sept 2016

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received a petition from the Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance Inc. requesting an amendment to the agency’s 1987 statement of interpretation and enforce...Read More


Irregularities Found with Child Resistant Packaging Containing Mixtures such as Cleaning Materials

19 Aug 2016

On 21 June 2016, the results of an enforcement project were reported by the European Chemicals Agency. The project was coordinated by a forum of enforcement authorities, and 15 European countries part...Read More


EPA Implements Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

12 Aug 2016

Approximately five-and-a-half years after they statutorily entered into force and more than three years after implementing regulations were originally due, the Environmental Protection Agency is final...Read More

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