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IoT Asia Looks to Head Off Next-Generation Networking Challenges
With 74.5 billion devices set to be IoT-enabled by 2025, many old school businesses lack the networking capacity to handle the tsunami of data coming their way, with victory on this new digital frontier set to go to the first-movers.
Economists' Pick 24 May 2017
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Surging Vietnam Baby Market Excites Exporters Across Southeast Asia
With rising birth rates and growing affluence, the Vietnamese maternity and baby market is expected to be worth US$5 billion within the foreseeable future, developments that have proved to be an irresistible lure to many overseas suppliers.
Economists' Pick 23 May 2017
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Rising Stars Focus on ASEAN and India – The Business Opportunities under the Growing Middle Class
The seminar will focus on retail market developments in the fast-developing economies of Southeast Asia and India.
Economists' Pick 22 May 2017
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Toys Continue to Be Most Notified Among Dangerous Consumer Products
On 16 March 2017, The European Commission published the results of the EU’s Rapid Alert System (the RAPEX system) for dangerous consumer products in 2016. The results illustrate that over 2000 dangerous consumer products triggered EU-wide notifications during 2016. Dangerous products in terms of the RAPEX system are those which pose a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers, including risks leading to physical injury and risks from chemicals.
Economists' Pick 19 May 2017
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European Parliamentary Committee Publishes Report on New Proposal Amending RoHS 2
On 28 April 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) published its draft report on the proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). Hong Kong’s electrical and electronic goods sellers will know that RoHS 2 is the key instrument of EU legislation restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
Economists' Pick 19 May 2017
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New Law Restricting Lead in Toys Published in Official Journal
On 27 April 2017, a new EU-wide law – Council Directive 2017/738 of 27 March 2017 – introducing more stringent limits on the concentration of lead in toys, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The text is identical to the Commission’s proposal tabled on 9 September 2016 and adopted by the EU Council on 27 March 2017.
Economists' Pick 19 May 2017
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EU Restricts Phenol in Certain Toys
The EU has recently amended the Toy Safety Directive (TSD) to include the restriction of phenol in certain toys. The restriction will become effective on November 4, 2018. In October 2014, we informed you that the World Trade Organization (WTO) had circulated a proposal from the European Union (EU) to regulate six chemicals in toys for children less than 36 months or other toys intended to be placed in the mouth under Appendix C of Annex II to the TSD.
Product Industries 19 May 2017
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Indian Buyers: The New Delhi Survey
HKTDC organised its inaugural Lifestyle Expo in New Delhi in December 2016. HKTDC Research used this opportunity to conduct survey and on-site interviews to gather more business intelligence on the Indian market. Survey results at HKTDC Lifestyle Expo in New Delhi show Indian buyers have strong interest in sourcing from Hong Kong.
Economists' Pick 19 May 2017
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Gifting Goes Hi-Tech Multimedia
Adding tech elements to traditional gifts is an important trend, according to Christine Ma, Manager, Nu Design Ltd. In this podcast interview, Ms Ma introduces her latest travel gift innovation and discusses product trends at the April 2017 HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair.
Multimedia 19 May 2017
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Malaysia Expands List of Acceptable Toy Safety Standards
Malaysia has expanded its list of standards for demonstrating compliance with the nation’s toy safety requirements. The newly recognized standards will become effective on January 1, 2018. The Consumer Protection (Safety Standards for Toys) Regulations 2009 [P.U. (A) 275/2009], referred to as the ‘Principal Regulations’ in these Regulations, govern toy safety in Malaysia and fall under the Consumer Protection Act of 1999.
Product Industries 18 May 2017
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Major Co-operative Deal Looks to Transform Russia's Retail Sector
Strategic alliance between X5 Retail Group and Tsentrosoyuz offers new opportunities for Hong Kong suppliers.
Economists' Pick 17 May 2017
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Bespoke Bedrooms and Designer Dining Rooms
Home furnishing is expected to be big business this year, according to participants of the March 2017 China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou).
Economists' Pick 17 May 2017
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Navigating India’s e-commerce Market Multimedia
Understanding India’s diverse consumer base is key for retailers looking to enter the local e-commerce market, according to Jagjeet Harode, Director & Business Head - Home, Flipkart. In this podcast interview, Mr Harode offers insights for selling to Indian online shoppers and highlights opportunities for Hong Kong companies to become online merchants. 
Multimedia 16 May 2017
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Robin's Egg, Hydration and Smart Goods Centrestage at US Home Show
Along with colour predictions for the coming season, this year's Chicago-based International Home + Housewares Show also focussed on the current US-wide fad for drinking accessories and the growing array of smart-home must-haves.
Economists' Pick 12 May 2017
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Global Safeguard Petition Filed on Imported Solar Cells and Modules
The U.S. International Trade Commission received on 26 April a new global safeguard petition that could result in up to eight years of higher tariffs and minimum prices on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules from all sources, including Hong Kong and mainland China.
Economists' Pick 12 May 2017
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IFA Preview Highlights Focus on Innovation and Component Suppliers
Billed as the world's leading trade show in the consumer-electronics and home-appliances sector, this year's IFA event promises to turn the spotlight on industry innovators as well as electrical-component manufacturers and designers.
Economists' Pick 11 May 2017
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Fun at Lego Hong Kong
The company that brought LEGO to Hong Kong was on top of its game when it opened a new flagship store at Langham Place in the city’s Mong Kok district last year.
Economists' Pick 11 May 2017
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Trade Defence Measures against Solar Panels
On 18 April 2017, a legal action was published in the EU’s Official Journal, challenging the European Commission’s decision to withdraw the acceptance of a price undertaking, giving rise to yet another development in the longstanding solar panels trade defence proceedings.
Economists' Pick 5 May 2017
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INDIA: Overseas-Sourced Mobile Phones to Face 5-10% Import Levy
Customs duties of between 5 and 10% will be levied on imported mobile phones under a government proposal to abolish their duty-free status.
Economists' Pick 2 May 2017
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Smart Giving at Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair Multimedia
Hi-tech updates of classic gifts impressed at the 32nd edition of the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, the world’s largest such event. Also popular were the new hair ornament zone – and another for corporate gifts. The 27-30 April 2017 event featured 4300+ exhibitors from 31 countries and regions.
Multimedia 1 May 2017
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