BIS COP regarding WEE

13 March 2014

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a Code of Practice for the collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from designated collection facilities.

Safe Loading Pass Scheme for fuel

11 March 2014

The UK Petroleum Industry Association (PIA), with scheme management from the Tank Storage Association, has signed an agreement with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to launch a revised Safe Loading Pass Scheme (SLPS).

Long live the Winter Olympics

11 March 2014

Sochi may be about to bid farewell to its turn as the venue for the Winter Olympics but planning is already well underway for the 2018 Games, which will be held in Pyongchang, South Korea.

Business opportunities in the Palestinian Territories

11 March 2014

It seems unlikely that Scarlett Johansson will be there but UK businesses are nevertheless advised to put 20 March in their diaries if they are interested in business opportunities in the Palestinian Territories. This is the date of the Palestine Britain Business Council (PBBC)’s Conference on Trade and Investment in the Palestinian Territories, which will be held at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce (43 Upper Grosvenor Street, London).

Counterfeit goods in transit

7 March 2014

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) has welcomed the outcome of a European Parliament vote on the transit of counterfeit goods. MEPs voted in favour of amendments on the issue of controls of counterfeit goods in transit.

New PIC Regulation in force

5 March 2014

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has reminded those who import and export hazardous chemicals of the coming into force of the new Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation (EU 649/2012) which applies from 1 March 2014, replacing the previous PIC Regulation (EC 689/2008).

EU wins dumping fight with China

5 March 2014

China has lifted its anti-dumping duties on European X-ray security equipment following a successful challenge by the EU in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Chinese authorities have confirmed that the additional duties for imports from the EU were removed on 19 February 2014.

Extension to liner block exemption open for review

28 February 2014

Beginning with Regulation 870/95, the European Commission has adopted a series of consortia block exemption regulations (BERs), each effective for a period of five years. These consortia are forms of operational co-operation between liner shipping companies with a view to providing a joint maritime cargo transport service.

Europe’s biggest port set to get larger

25 February 2014

The UK has recently been debating whether it can afford to lose some land back to the sea, following the recent floods, but the Netherlands is looking to reclaim yet more land from the North Sea. Specifically, another 2000 hectares have been added to what is already Europe’s biggest port, meaning that Rotterdam will have grown by 20% once the new area becomes fully operational.