May 17, 2020

ECHA Adds 13 Chemicals to Dangerous Substance List

REACH
European Chemicals Agency
Substances of Very High Co
Freddie Pierce
2 min
The ECHA has added 13 chemicals to the dangerous substance list in Europe
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added 13 new substances to the candidate list for authorization of substances of very high concern (SVHC). Th...

 

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added 13 new substances to the candidate list for authorization of substances of very high concern (SVHC). The list now consists of 84 substances, and is expected to grow in the years to 2015 as the EHCA continues future consultations and discussion.

Manufacturers and importers in the European Union and European Economic Area must provide information on the safe use of articles to their consumers A) within 45 days of consumer request, or B) when the percentage of an SVHC listed item reaches above .1 percent of an article, or C) when the total in all articles per producer or importer exceeds 1 ton per year. This is in accordance with REACH policy, or European Regulation relating to the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals.

Some companies have failed to respond to the requests by the ECHA to provide this information. According to the Center for Research and Information for Organizations of Consumers, a Belgian company, some companies failed to respond to the requests for information about the substances previously on the list. The new deadline for SVHC substances is December 18, 2012.

Each of the 13 new substances is classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction and thus pose a serious threat to human life. Four of the 13 new chemicals added to the list are only identified as SVHC if the carcinogenic constituents Michler’s ketone or Michler’s base is greater than .1 percent.  A full list of the chemicals added to the list is available at the SGS newsroom. To learn more about how SGS can support REACH compliance, visit www.sgs.com/reach.

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Jun 16, 2021

EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs

supplychain
Boeing
Airbus
tariffs
3 min
Supply chains embroiled in Airbus-Boeing dispute will no longer be impacted by $11.5bn tariffs imposed on food and beverage, aircraft and tobacco

The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years. 

It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC. 

The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn. 

In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products. 

Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers  

  • The dispute began in 2004
  • Tariffs suspended for 5 years 
  • $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
  • $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date 
  • 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended

Both sides welcome end to tariffs 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.

“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.

Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”. 

The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."

This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.

Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”

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