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Argentina Extends Deadline to Comply with Conformity Certification Requirements for Bicycle Tyres
The deadline to comply with the conformity certification requirements for bike tyres that were announced in May 2018 has been extended. Specifically, domestic producers and importers of subject merchandise must demonstrate compliance with these requirements by obtaining a product certification from an authorised certification body effective from 1 June 2019, compared to the previously announced 1 February 2019 deadline.
Economists' Pick 18 April 2019
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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China
The CPSC has announced a recall of the following products made in mainland China. Products: Sound Machines, Tree Stands and Sleepers.
Economists' Pick 16 April 2019
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CPSC to Set Priorities for Next Fiscal Year
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a one-day hearing on 1 May on agenda priorities for fiscal year 2020, which begins on 1 October 2019, as well as its budget request for fiscal year 2021, which begins on 1 October 2020. Parties wishing to submit comments in connection with these matters must do so by 17 April.
Economists' Pick 21 March 2019
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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China
The CPSC has announced a recall of the following products made in mainland China. Products: Computer Batteries, Pans, Children’s Plates and various products.
Economists' Pick 19 March 2019
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UK Bicycle Producers Set to Lose Current EU Protection Against Dumped Imports Originating in Mainland China
On 6 March 2019, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, announced that UK bicycle producers would lose EU protection against imports of dumped products originating in mainland China once the UK leaves the European Union and takes control of its own independent trade policy.
Economists' Pick 11 March 2019
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Chinese Consumers Go Bespoke (1): Team Sportswear an Expression of Core Values
Growing numbers of Chinese middle-class consumers are choosing custom-made products as their lifestyles improve. Yansu’s founder Mason Mai shares about the preferences of mainland consumers for bespoke sports products and the market potential for product customisation.
Economists' Pick 27 Feb 2019
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Canada Considering Changes to Tents and Toys Regulations
Health Canada is seeking public input through 23 March on a proposal to amend the current labelling and flammability requirements for tents and make related changes to the Toys Regulations. The Tents Regulations currently apply to portable shelters made of fabric or other pliable materials, such as camping tents, ice-fishing tents and dining shelters.
Economists' Pick 8 Feb 2019
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New Regulation Will Restrict Phthalates in Consumer Goods EU-wide
Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation, into which the core provisions of Commission Regulation 2018/2005 will be inserted, prohibits or restricts the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous substances, mixtures and articles.
Economists' Pick 3 Jan 2019
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Brazil Proposes or Adopts Technical/Conformity Assessment Requirements for Various Products
Brazil’s National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality has taken a number of regulatory actions in recent weeks – affecting such products as bike tyres, toys and motorcycle components – of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters.
Economists' Pick 19 Dec 2018
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Sportswear Spinoff Gives Hong Kong Suppliers New Route Into Russia
Following the launch of the Demix retail chain, Sportmaster is said to be looking to source 1,300 own-label lines.
Economists' Pick 3 Dec 2018
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E-bikes from Mainland China Face Steep Duties of Up to 79.3%, But Escape Retroactive Imposition of Duties
As a new development in the EU anti-dumping investigation on electric bicycles (“e-bikes”) from mainland China, it appears that the Commission sent its final disclosure document to the stakeholders and parties which co-operated in these proceedings on 15 November 2018.
Economists' Pick 23 Nov 2018
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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China
The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China.
Economists' Pick 30 Oct 2018
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Safeguard Petition on Bicycles Reportedly Withdrawn
A U.S. press report indicates that the global safeguard petition filed on 18 October with the USITC against imports of assembled bicycles valued under US$400 from all sources has been withdrawn following a confidential settlement agreement.
Economists' Pick 30 Oct 2018
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Registration of E-bikes from Mainland China Continues, Despite EU Producers’ Withdrawal Request
As previously reported in "EU Producers of E-bikes withdraw Registration Requests in Dumping and Subsidy Case Against Mainland China", and as a surprising development in the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations with regard to imports of e-bikes from mainland China, EBMA had informed the European Commission of its wish to withdraw its registration requests in a letter dated 8 October 2018. In that letter, EBMA did not provide any reasons for the withdrawal of the requests.
Economists' Pick 24 Oct 2018
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Section 201 Safeguard Petition Filed on Bicycles
Higher tariffs and other measures on imports of assembled bicycles valued under US$400 from all countries could result from a new global safeguard petition filed on 18 October. This petition covers (i) fully-assembled units comprised of all component parts and requiring no additional assembly, fabrication or finishing operations
Economists' Pick 24 Oct 2018
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EU Producers of E-bikes Withdraw Registration Requests in Dumping and Subsidy Case Against Mainland China
A new development has occurred in the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations with regard to imports of e-bikes from mainland China. On 12 October 2018, it was reported that the EBMA has withdrawn its requests for the registration of e-bikes from mainland China.
Economists' Pick 19 Oct 2018
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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China
The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Bicycles, Chairs, and Light Fixtures.
Economists' Pick 16 Oct 2018
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Denmark Investigates Carcinogenic PAHs in Consumer Products, Including in Footwear and Toys
PAHs are organic compounds containing two or more fused aromatic rings, which, in processed articles, may exist in the following: creosote, medicines, dyes, plastics, rubbers, pesticides, lubricants, release agents, capacitance electrolytes, mineral oil, pitch, insecticides, bactericides, mosquito-repellent incense, cigarettes, and petrol antifreeze, given that the raw materials are coal, crude oil and tar.
Economists' Pick 2 Oct 2018
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Sporting Goods Industry in Hong Kong
Hong Kong companies export a diverse range of sporting goods. The major categories here include sports equipment and accessories, sports apparel and sports footwear. In January-June 2018, Hong Kong’s sporting goods exports grew by 4%, with the US and the EU accounting for nearly half of the total.
HK Economy 31 Aug 2018
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Three Recent Trademark Cases Covering Electronics, Clothes and Sports Articles Come Under Spotlight
Hong Kong sellers of a variety of consumer goods, from clothes to electronic items and sports equipment, may be interested in three recent cases regarding trademarks and EU law criteria which must be fulfilled in order to register them.
Economists' Pick 13 July 2018
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