On 14 July, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) released rules for random sampling inspections of printers, gas appliances and liquefied petroleum gas cylinders with pressure regulators. All local governments are required to use these rules for reference in their sampling inspections. The rules also specify the sampling methods for these three types of products.
In a joint letter released in July 2022, a group of European battery industry associations asserted their belief that a hazard classification made by the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) of certain lithium substances would have major and unjustified impacts on Europe’s industrial goals for batteries.
The U.S. Congress approved legislation on 28 July that provides US$54 billion in five-year grants for semiconductor manufacturing and research as well as 5G wireless deployment and a 25 percent tax credit for investments in semiconductor manufacturing facilities through 2026. As expected, the so-called CHIPS Act of 2022 does not include a number of trade provisions aimed specifically at mainland China.