EU regulatory news 2013

8 October 2013

A regularly updated article featuring recent and forthcoming legislation affecting the EU, compiled by Vivienne Kendall.

Revised GSP — who will benefit?

8 October 2013

Since 1971, the EU — through its Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) — has allowed developing countries to pay lower duties on their exports to the EU. This gives them vital access to export their products into EU markets. They are not reciprocal agreements. Muriel Edwards reports on the changes that apply from 1 January 2014.

Limited quantities by sea

18 September 2013

There are few restrictions on the carriage of dangerous goods in limited quantities by road and rail (ADR/RID). Here Richard Masters reviews the IMDG Code’s additional requirements for documentation and container marking for maritime transport that do exist.

WTO reviews EU trade policy

18 September 2013

Vivienne Kendall reports on a recent, massive undertaking by the World Trade Organization — a review of the EU’s trade policy.

Behind the scenes at the WCO

10 September 2013

Sandra Strong, of Strong and Herd LLP, reports on some of the insights that she gained at a recent Knowledge Academy organised by the World Customs Organization.

Improving safety behaviour

23 August 2013

In this article, Nigel Bryson reviews the strengths and weaknesses of Behavioural Based Safety initiatives (BBS) and when they can deliver the most “added value” to an organisation.

In court: are metatags advertisements?

23 August 2013

Neil Baylis reports on Case C-657/11 at the European Court of Justice (Belgian Electronic Sorting Technology NV v Bert Peelaers, Visys NV) on whether registration and use of a domain name and use of metatags constitute "advertising".

New railfreight service from Port of Felixstowe

23 August 2013

Martin Posner reports on additional freight rail services being introduced to a number of ports, possibly in anticipation of competition from London gateway, which is due to open towards the end of 2013.