The European Commission’s proposal for a revised Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) will require 65% of packaging by weight to be recycled by 2025 and introduce a mandatory deposit-return scheme for cans and plastic bottles by 2028, according to a leaked draft of the text seen by ENDS Europe.
Hong Kong is a world-renowned sourcing centre for houseware products, including tableware, kitchenware and sanitary ware made of a vast variety of materials. Owing to the high production costs in Hong Kong, most Hong Kong manufacturers have relocated their production to the mainland. Other high value adding functions, such as sourcing, logistics and product development, are maintained by Hong Kong offices.
The European Commission has announced that it has taken legal steps against eleven EU Member States for failing to transpose Directive 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, also known as the single-use plastics (SUP) Directive.
On 5 October 2022, the European Commission launched a public consultation aiming to revise the existing EU rules on food contact materials. Any future changes will impact on Hong Kong sellers to EU customers of items such as food packaging, kitchenware and tableware, as well as food processing equipment. The changes may also affect food sellers of pre-packaged foodstuffs.
The General Office of the State Council recently released a circular calling for further efforts to prevent over-packaging of goods. The circular said a whole-chain administration system to tackle over-packaging will be established by 2025. This is expected to effectively reduce packaging of food products such as mooncake, sticky rice dumplings and tea, as well as cosmetics and health food.
California recently approved legislation that will require covered material offered for sale, distributed or imported in or into the state to be recyclable or compostable by 1 January 2032. In addition, the new law will require plastic covered material offered for sale, distributed or imported in or into the state to meet minimum recycling thresholds of 30 percent from 1 January 2028, 40 percent from 1 January 2030 and 65 percent from 1 January 2032.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proposing to reclassify certain insulated lunch bags as bags with an outer surface other than textile under HTSUS 4202.92.10 (3.4 percent duty) rather than as bags with an outer surface of manmade textile under HTSUS 4202.92.08 (7 percent duty). Comments on this proposal are due by 2 September.