IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
← back to the state act
Inception date: 10 Jul 2015 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

In July 2015, the elements of the Chinese national standard GB18584, pertaining to quality standards in wooden furniture, were updated, reducing limits on 'volatile compounds', in particular formaldehyde, in such furniture to levels that are out of line with accepted international standards (ISO).

Several foreign companies brought action through the WTO TBT Committee complaining that the standards were unnecessarily strict, forcing foreign firms to have their products double-tested and favouring domestic Chinese producers.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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TABLE
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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

271 Made-up textile articles
9404 Mattress supports; articles of bedding and similar furnishing (for example, mattresses, quilts, eiderdowns, cushions, pouffes and pillows) fitted with springs or stuffed or internally fitted with any material or of cellular rubber or plastics, whether or
940490 Other
319 Other products of wood, cork or straw
4419 Tableware and kitchenware, of wood.
441900 Tableware and kitchenware, of wood.
4420 Wood marquetry and inlaid wood; caskets and cases for jewellery or cutlery, and similar articles, of wood; statuettes and other ornaments, of wood; wooden articles of furniture not falling in Chapter 94.
442010 Statuettes and other ornaments, of wood
442090 Other
369 Other plastics products
9405 Lamps and lighting fittings including searchlights and spotlights and parts thereof, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated nameplates and the like, having a permanently fixed light source, and parts thereof not elsewhere spe
940592 Of plastics
371 Glass & glass products
9405 Lamps and lighting fittings including searchlights and spotlights and parts thereof, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated nameplates and the like, having a permanently fixed light source, and parts thereof not elsewhere spe
940591 Of glass
381 Furniture
9401 Seats (other than those of heading 94.02), whether or not convertible into beds, and parts thereof.
940110 Seats of a kind used for aircraft
940120 Seats of a kind used for motor vehicles
940130 Swivel seats with variable height adjustment
940151 Of bamboo or rattan
940161 Upholstered
940169 Other
940171 Upholstered
940179 Other
940180 Other seats
940190 Parts
9403 Other furniture and parts thereof.
940310 Metal furniture of a kind used in offices
940320 Other metal furniture
940330 Wooden furniture of a kind used in offices
940340 Wooden furniture of a kind used in the kitchen
940350 Wooden furniture of a kind used in the bedroom
940360 Other wooden furniture
940370 Furniture of plastics
940389 Other
940390 Parts
9404 Mattress supports; articles of bedding and similar furnishing (for example, mattresses, quilts, eiderdowns, cushions, pouffes and pillows) fitted with springs or stuffed or internally fitted with any material or of cellular rubber or plastics, whether or
940410 Mattress supports
940421 Of cellular rubber or plastics, whether or not covered
940429 Of other materials
465 Electric filament or discharge lamps; lighting equipment; parts
9405 Lamps and lighting fittings including searchlights and spotlights and parts thereof, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated nameplates and the like, having a permanently fixed light source, and parts thereof not elsewhere spe
940510 Chandeliers and other electric ceiling or wall lighting fittings, excluding those of a kind used for lighting public open spaces or thoroughfares
940520 Electric table, desk, bedside or floorstanding lamps
940540 Other electric lamps and lighting fittings
940560 Illuminated signs, illuminated nameplates and the like
940599 Other
481 Medical & surgical equipment & orthopaedic appliances
9402 Medical, surgical, dental or veterinary furniture (for example, operating tables, examination tables, hospital beds with mechanical fittings, dentists' chairs); barbers' chairs and similar chairs, having rotating as well as both reclining and elevating mo
940210 Dentists', barbers' or similar chairs and parts thereof
940290 Other

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