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STTAS EU Trade Weekly: TTIP, Product Safety, AD Measures, Cosmetics

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Nearly 2500 dangerous products withdrawn from EU market in 2014

Toys and clothing, textiles and fashion items were the two main product categories for which corrective measures had to be taken, while the most common chemical risks notified were related to products such as shoes and leather goods, toys and childcare articles, and fashion jewelry.

[European Commission]

EU adopts anti-dumping duties against flat-rolled steel from China and Taiwan

Provisional AD duties are being imposed on flat-rolled products of stainless steel from China and Taiwan at the rates of 24.3 percent to 25.2 percent for China and 10.9 percent to 12.0 percent for Taiwan.

[Official Journal of the European Union]

AD duties on iron or steel fasteners from China extended to consignments from Malaysia

Definitive AD duties of 74.1 percent are being imposed on covered iron or steel fasteners consigned from Malaysia, regardless of whether declared as originating in Malaysia, with the exception of those produced by specified companies.

[Official Journal of the European Union]

Data on cosmetics product ingredients sought

EU member states, cosmetic manufacturers, industry and consumer associations, and affected producers are being asked to submit through 30 June scientific information on the safety of two ingredients used in nano form in cosmetic products but not currently regulated in the Cosmetic Regulation.

[Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs]

The top 10 myths about TTIP

This EU document addresses topics such as public services, food safety, standards, tariffs and regulation and invites public comment.

[European Commission]   

EU lifts restrictions on cooperation with Guinea-Bissau

The change follows credible elections in 2014, the restoration of constitutional order and progress in implementing reform commitments.

[European Council]

UK adopts new rules on tobacco labelling

The regulations, which would take effect in May 2016, would restrict the color, shape and materials of packs and packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products.



WTO dispute panels established against the EU, Russia and the U.S.

The panels will review complaints by Pakistan against the EU over polyethylene terephthalate products, by the EU against Russia’s tariff treatment of agricultural and manufacturing products, and by Korea against U.S. AD measures on oil country tubular goods.

[World Trade Organization]

WTO accession opens up new chapter for Seychelles’ development

President James Michel signed the ratification of the country’s WTO accession protocol March 25, a day after the endorsement of the National Assembly.

[ Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles]

Pakistan aims for FTA with Indonesia to further boost trade

Negotiations could start this year and would build on a preferential trade agreement that doubled bilateral trade from 2013 to 2014.

[Jakarta Post]

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