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Report Advises Extending Cadmium Exemption for Use in Televisions and Other Displays
A recent report supporting the exemption of the use of the toxic metal cadmium in quantum dots in electronic displays under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive was published by the Öko-Institut for Applied Ecology. The report concludes that “an exemption should be granted for three years”.
Economists' Pick 22 July 2016
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European Trade Groups Call for End to Duties on Solar Panels
On 5 July 2016, 34 solar and renewable energy organisations sent a letter to the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström. These organisations are calling upon Ms. Malmström to end trade barriers against Chinese-origin solar panels and cells.
Economists' Pick 22 July 2016
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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of light-emitting diode lamps, televisions and electric motors.
Economists' Pick 15 July 2016
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U.S. Reduces or Eliminates Tariffs on 201 IT Products, Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Travel Goods from Certain GSP Beneficiaries
The United States on 1 July implemented the immediate or staged elimination of tariffs on a broad range of information and communications technology products, as required by the expanded Information Technology Agreement.
Economists' Pick 15 July 2016
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MALAYSIA: Customs Duty Cut on Headphones and Range of Other Electronic Goods
Import tariffs have been reduced or removed across number of electronics goods categories. The changes, which came into effect as of 1 July this year, include an end to the 5% import duty on headphones, while the 20% duty on medical grade projecting equipment has been cut to 17%. In the case of equipment for switching and protecting electrical circuits, the tariff has been reduced from 15% to 13%.
Economists' Pick 11 July 2016
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China’s Lighting Market
Lighting products are essential to the development of the national economy and people’s livelihood. As China’s economy continues to grow and people’s living standard rises, the demand of the mainland market for lighting products is also expanding. In the last 20 years, China’s lighting industry has been developing rapidly at a steady pace and the country has become a leading lighting producer and consumer in the world.
China Trade 8 July 2016
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EU Council Concludes Agreement on Expansion of Trade in IT Products: Opportunities Set to Abound for Hong Kong Traders
On 1 July 2016, the EU expanded its duty-free treatment to new information technology (IT) products covered by a revised Information Technology Agreement. Elimination of tariffs in other participating countries is likewise being said to occur, although procedural delays are taking place in Japan, Korea and the Chinese mainland.
Economists' Pick 8 July 2016
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THAILAND: Tariff Cuts across 524 Electronic Goods Categories Set to be Phased in by 2019
Tariff cuts have now been introduced across 524 categories of electronic goods, including video games consoles, touch screens and GPS navigation equipment. The move is in line with the extended remit of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA), with the other 54 member countries committed to introducing similar reductions.
Economists' Pick 8 July 2016
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Test of Time
Trace the passage of goods through their supply chains and, invariably, there will be a process or component that has origins on the Chinese mainland.
Economists' Pick 5 July 2016
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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of battery chargers, portable air conditioners, dehumidifiers and compressors.
Economists' Pick 30 June 2016
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Drones, Including for Consumer Use: European Aviation Safety Agency Demands Urgent Regulations
On 4 May 2016, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced the creation of a task force to investigate and report on the risk of collision between drones and aircraft following a recent increase in reports of near-miss and physicals collisions between drones and aircraft in Europe.
Economists' Pick 24 June 2016
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Upmarket Vaping and Rapid Gadget Repairs Top US Franchising League
While the food sector remains ever-popular in the US franchising market, a number of newer, higher-tech opportunities are now also starting to gain ground, most notably upmarket e-cigarettes and fast turnaround electronics repairs.
Economists' Pick 24 June 2016
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China’s 13th Five-Year Plan: Capitalise on China’s Innovation Momentum
China’s 13th Five-Year Plan calls for innovation to enhance the competitiveness of various industries and to help private enterprises move towards higher value-added businesses amid intensified global competition. Such policies are expected to boost China’s demand for technology and related services. With advantages like access to foreign technology, free flow of information and capital and strength in commercialisation, Hong Kong is well placed to capitalise on such increasing demand.
Economists' Pick 21 June 2016
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China’s Spectacles Market
China is not just the world's leading manufacturer of spectacles but is also the largest potential consumer of such products. Children and elderly people alike are consumers. Euromonitor International estimated that China's spectacles market grossed nearly Rmb67.9 billion with around 10% growth in 2015. Its market for contact lenses also grew over 10% to Rmb4.2 billion.
China Trade 20 June 2016
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UK & Germany Focal Points for HKTDC Europe Representative Multimedia
The impact of the United Kingdom’s possible departure from the European Union will likely have minimal impact on Hong Kong trade with EU in the short-term, according to Stephen Wong, Regional Director, Europe, adding that longer term foreign investment in the UK would likely suffer. In this podcast interview, Mr Wong also provides details about a major Hong Kong promotion in Germany in September 2016, and why the Belt and Road Initiative could help drive growth in the country.
Multimedia 20 June 2016
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China’s 13th Five-Year Plan: Smart Solutions Required to Upgrade Chinese Robots
Smart manufacturing and robotics are identified as key development areas in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and Made in China 2025 documents. But China has not developed robots “smart”enough to raise its production efficiency. It can therefore be expected that Chinese companies will look outside for standards and solutions developed by their foreign counterparts. All of this points to opportunities for relevant technology players and smart solution suppliers.
Economists' Pick 17 June 2016
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DOE Sets New Energy Test Procedures for Portable ACs, Favours Tougher Standards for Water Heating Equipment
The U.S. Department of Energy has established new mandatory energy test procedures for portable air conditioners in a new regulatory appendix, which will be used to determine the seasonally-adjusted cooling capacity and combined energy efficiency ratio for these products.
Economists' Pick 17 June 2016
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Six Technology Trends and Business Opportunities
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2016 was centered on the growing popularity and applications of six technology solutions: smart systems, smart cars, Virtual Reality, drones, smart homes. In sum, Internet-of-Things (IoT) is emerging in all aspects of modern life. It is essential for all technology companies in Taiwan to embrace this trend and maintain their competitiveness.
Product Industries 16 June 2016
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Make in India: Production Relocation and Market Opportunities for Hong Kong Electronics Companies
Global electronics players are showing greater interest in relocating their production sites to India, not just because of lower production costs, but also because of the need to tap into an electronics market buttressed by the country’s rapid economic growth and a surge in middle-class consumers. India is currently Hong Kong’s fourth-largest export market for electronics, and Hong Kong companies should take note of the emerging relocation and sales opportunities in India.
Economists' Pick 15 June 2016
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Outlook for Hong Kong’s Major Markets in 2016 Multimedia
Are there now indications that improvements in the developed economies -particularly in the case of the US - are likely to boost Hong Kong’s export prospects? Similarly, what can we expect from China and the world’s emerging economies  after the recent period of change and uncertainty?
Multimedia 15 June 2016
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