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angle-left ADVISORY: World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Latest Notifications – 03 November 2023

Philippine exporters and relevant stakeholders are strongly encouraged to review and comment on the listed proposed technical regulations that may affect our exports to the issuing economies.   

  

The latest bulletin lists a total of 157 notifications covering various sectors such as agriculture, aircraft and space vehicle engineering, chemical technology, clothing industry, construction materials, domestic and commercial engineering/equipment, electrical engineering, electronics, energy and heat transfer engineering, environment health protection and safety, equipment for entertainment, fluid systems and components for general use, food technology, healthcare technology, information technology, metrology and measurement, paint and color industries, packaging and distribution of goods, petroleum and related technologies, road vehicles engineering, rubber and plastic industries, telecommunications, audio, and video engineering, testing, and textile and leather technology. The respective issuing economies and the final date of comments are provided below: 

Agriculture 

  1. Processed manure in fertilizing products, European Union, 02 December 2023 
  2. Formic acid as a feed additive – Addendum, Japan, (deadline not indicated) 
  3. Tobacco products, Russian Federation, 15 December 2023 
  4. Tilapia farming, Uganda, 02 December 2023 
  5. Confinement of farm animals and sale of specified products derived from them – Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated) 

Aircraft and Space Vehicle Engineering 

  1. Interior parts and components fire protection for transport category airplanes – Addendum, United States of America, 30 November 2023 
  2. Very light airplanes (VLA) - Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated) 
  3. Fertilizers: vinasse, Egypt, 11 December 2023 
  4. Fertilizers: biochar, Egypt, 11 December 2023   
  5. Residues - Captafol – Corrigendum, India, (deadline not indicated) 
  6. Fertilizers - Urea – Corrigendum, India, (deadline not indicated) 
  7. Pesticides - Monocrotophos – Corrigendum, India, (deadline not indicated) 
  8. Planting material, Slovenia, 13 December 2023 
  9. Biocidal products, Ukraine, 10 December 2023 
  10. Chemicals and insecticidal and disinfectant products for household and medical use, Viet Nam, 08 December 2023 
  11. Automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) ou, United States of America, 16 November 2023 

Chemical Technology 

  1. Hair remover: alkaline thioglycollic based, Burundi, 09 November 2023 
  2. Aryl diamine based formulated powder hair dyes, Burundi, 09 November 2023 
  3. Shaving creams, Burundi, 09 November 2023 
  4. Permanent liquid oxidation hair dyes which are aryl di-amine based, Burundi, 09 November 2023 
  5. Sanitizing products categorized as bleach – Addendum, Brazil, (deadline not indicated) 
  6. Biocidal products - Trihydrogen pentapotassium di(peroxomonosulfate) di(sulfate), European Union, 10 November 2023 
  7. Biocidal products - Willaertia magna c2c maky, European Union, 10 November 2023 
  8. Anhydrous ammonia, India, 11 November 2023 
  9. Toluene diisocyanate, India, 11 November 2023 
  10. Alumina calcined, India, 11 November 2023 
  11. Consumer chemical products subject to safety verification, Republic of Korea, 10 November 2023 
  12. Chemical substances – Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated) 
  13. Detergents, United Arab Emirates, 19 November 2023 
  14. Chemical products - Revision, Ukraine, 18 November 2023 
  15. Hazardous materials – Addendum, United States of America, 04 December 2023 
  16. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, United States of America, 20 November 2023 
  17. Pesticides - Residues – Ethylene oxide – Corrigendum, India, (deadline not indicated) 
  18. Hydrofluorocarbons, United States of America, 18 December 2023 
  19. Ozone-depleting substances, United States of America, 04 December 2023 

Clothing Industry 

  1. Care labelling for clothing and textile products – Addendum, Australia, (deadline not indicated) 

Construction Materials 

  1. Construction cements – Addendum, Argentina, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. Lifts, Russian Federation, 15 December 2023 

Domestic and Commercial Engineering/Equipment 

  1. Water heating equipment – Addendum, Egypt, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. Electric water heaters – Addendum, Egypt, (deadline not indicated) 
  3. Furniture: work chairs, general purpose chairs and stools, tables and desks, storage units, beds, bunk beds – Corrigendum, India, (deadline not indicated) 
  4. Multipurpose ladders – Corrigendum, New Zealand, (deadline not indicated) 
  5. Commercial water heating equipment – Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated) 

Electrical Engineering 

  1. Lights and street lighting – Addendum, Colombia, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. Lighting and public lighting – Corrigendum, Colombia, (deadline not indicated)  
  3. Metal halide lamp fixtures – Addendum, United States of America, 04 December 2023 
  4. Low voltage electrical products – Addendum, Argentina, (deadline not indicated) 
  5. Electrical lamps – Addendum, Egypt, (deadline not indicated) 
  6. Fusion systems, United States of America, (deadline not indicated) 

Electronics 

  1. Electronic displays, including televisions, monitors and digital signage displays, Ukraine, 09 December 2023 
  2. Electrical and electronic equipment, European Union, 18 December 2023 

Energy and heat transfer engineering 

  1. Nuclear power plants and fuel reprocessing plants: design and construction – Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. Fuels enriched to greater than 5.0 and less than 20.0 weight percent uranium-235, United States of America, 22 November 2023 
  3. Children's footwear – Addendum, China, (deadline not indicated) 
  4. Footwear –Addendum, China, (deadline not indicated) 

Environment Health Protection and Safety  

  1. Sewage water, Burundi, 09 November 2023 
  2. Ultraviolet radiation in the C range of wavelengths (ultraviolet C or UV-C) goods – Addendum, Thailand, (deadline not indicated) 
  3. Waste incineration facilities and combined waste incineration facilities, Ukraine, 04 December 2023 
  4. Volatile organic liquid storage vessels (including petroleum liquid storage vessels), United States of America, 20 November 2023 
  5. Fire resistance of building materials and elements, Egypt, 11 December 2023 
  6. Commercial refrigeration equipment – Revision, United States of America, 11 December 2023 
  7. Air emissions reporting requirement s – Addendum, United States of America, 17 November 2023 
  8. Emissions from engines and major stationary sources, United States of America, 28 November 2023 

Equipment for Entertainment 

  1. Activity toys for domestic use – Addendum, Egypt, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. Playground equipment and surfacing – Addendum, Israel, (deadline not indicated) 
  3. Playground equipment and surfacing – Addendum, Israel, (deadline not indicated) 
  4. Playground equipment and surfacing – Addendum, Israel, (deadline not indicated) 
  5. Playground equipment and surfacing – Addendum, Israel, (deadline not indicated) 
  6. Playground equipment and surfacing – Addendum, Israel, (deadline not indicated) 
  7. Playground equipment and surfacing – Addendum, Israel, (deadline not indicated) 
  8. Playground equipment and surfacing – Addendum, Israel, (deadline not indicated) 
  9. Playground equipment and surfacing – Addendum, Israel, (deadline not indicated) 

Fluid Systems and Components for General Use 

  1. Fans driven by motors with an electric input power between 125 W and 500 kW, European Union, 02 December 2023 
  2. Portable air conditioners – Addendum, The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, (deadline not indicated) 
  3. Fans – Addendum, United States of America, 05 December 2023 
  4. Pool controls – Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated) 
  5. Heavy duty engine on-board diagnostic system – Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated) 

Food Technology 

  1. Voluntary nutrition content claims about added sugars, Australia, 10 November 2023 
  2. Raw macadamia nuts – inshell, Burundi, 13 November 2023 
  3. Cashew flour, Burundi, 13 November 2023 
  4. Peanut / groundnut flour from the varieties of Arachis hypogaea L., Burundi, 13 November 2023 
  5. Edible coconut oil, Burundi, 13 November 2023 
  6. Crude and semi refined palm oil, Burundi, 13 November 2023 
  7. Wheat flour (also called flour, white flour, or enriched flour) for human consumption prepared from Triticum aestivum L. (common wheat) or, Triticum compactum Host (club wheat) or mixtures thereof which packaged for sale or sold in bulk, Granada, 07 December 2023 
  8. Sugar and sugar products, Kenya, (deadline not indicated) 
  9. Food control framework, Mauritius, 10 November 2023 
  10. Chicken – Addendum, Nicaragua, 07 November 2023 
  11. Voluntary nutrition content claims about added sugars, New Zealand, 10 November 2023 
  12. Canned tuna – Corrigendum, United States of America, 24 November 2023 
  13. Alcoholic beverages, Argentina, 15 November 2023 
  14. Pink rock salt, Argentina, 15 November 2023 
  15. Sugar, invert liquid sugar, confectionery sugar, table sweetener, candy, bonbon, cocoa powder, soluble cocoa, chocolate, white chocolate, chewing gum, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, molasses, molasses and rapadura (panela) - Addendum, Brazil, (deadline not indicated) 
  16. Prepackaged and prepared foods, Canada, 08 December 2023 
  17. Vitreous and porcelain enamels – Corrigendum, Israel, (deadline not indicated) 
  18. All composed food and all food bearing a health claim, Switzerland, 04 December 2023 
  19. Varieties blend milled rice, Kenya, 03 December 2023 
  20. Pishori milled rice (Oryza sativa), Kenya, 03 December 2023 
  21. Nutrition information on the labels – Addendum, Philippines, (deadline not indicated) 
  22. Materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, Ukraine, 30 November 2023 
  23. Plastic materials and articles intended for contact with foodstuffs, Ukraine, 04 December 2023 
  24. Energy drinks – Addendum, Colombia, 11 December 2023 
  25. Sodium content comparison label on simple cooking sets, Republic of Korea, 09 December 2023 
  26. Food and drug testing, Republic of Korea, 09 December 2023 
  27. Liquid mycelia culture powder of morel mushroom (Morchella esculenta) - Addendum, The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, (deadline not indicated) 
  28. Food grade monosodium L- glutamate, Tanzania, 08 December 2023 
  29. Canned peas (Pisum sativum L.), Tanzania, 08 December 2023 
  30. Seaweedbased chilli sauce, Tanzania, 08 December 2023 
  31. Seaweedbased pickles, Tanzania, 08 December 2023 
  32. Seaweed based jam, Tanzania, 08 December 2023 
  33. Pecans – Revision, United States of America, 11 December 2023 

Healthcare Technology 

  1. Medical equipment, Brazil, 09 November 2023 
  2. Pharmaceutics, Brazil, (deadline not indicated) 
  3. Medicinal products for human use and investigational medicinal products for human use, European Union, 12 December 2023 
  4. Medicinal products for human use and investigational medicinal products for human use, European Union, 12 December 2023 
  5. Medicinal products, pharmaceuticals, Republic of Korea, 10 November 2023 
  6. Vaccines and biotherapeutic products for human use – Addendum, Philippines, (deadline not indicated) 
  7. Medicaments, Brazil, 06 November 2023 
  8. Medical electrical equipment, Israel, 18 November 2023 

Information Technology 

  1. Critical and emerging technology – Addendum, United States of America, 06 November 2023 

Metrology and measurement 

  1. Specified measuring instruments: voltage instrument transformers – Addendum, Czech Republic, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. Illuminance meters, The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, 18 November 2023 

Paint and Color Industries 

  1. Oil-based paints and varnishes for vehicle repairs, with volatile organic compounds content higher than certain limit values, Macao, China, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. Air-drying gloss, semi-gloss and matt paints for use on primed or unprimed interior and exterior wood, metal, or masonry surface, The State of Kuwait, 08 December 2023 

Packaging and distribution of goods 

  1. Foods and cosmetics – Addendum, China, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. Electrical appliances for commercial dispensing and vending, India, 19 November 2023 
  3. Label controlled products – Addendum, Thailand, (deadline not indicated) 
  4. Sacks and bags, Canada, (deadline not indicated) 
  5. Packaging materials and accessories, Egypt, 11 December 2023 
  6. Label controlled products – Addendum, Thailand, (deadline not indicated) 

Petroleum and related technologies 

  1. Prepared lubricants – Addendum, Plurinational State of Bolivia, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. Diesel engines – NOx Reduction Agent AUS 32, India, 11 November 2023 
  3. Pipeline safety: safety of gas distribution pipelines, United States of America, 06 November 2023 

Road vehicles engineering 

  1. Vehicles running exclusively on CO2 neutral fuels, European Union, 12 November 2023 
  2. Electric unicycle, Thailand, 09 November 2023 
  3. Motor vehicles: occupant crash protection – Addendum, United States of America, 06 November 2023 
  4. Crash test dummy, United States of America, 06 November 2023 
  5. Lead-acid starter batteries, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 16 November 2023 
  6. Heavy-duty engine and vehicle omnibus regulation – Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated) 
  7. Rechargeable electrical energy storage system (REESS) of vehicles of category L, Thailand, 19 November 2023 
  8. Rechargeable electrical energy storage system (REESS) of vehicles of category M and N, Thailand, 19 November 2023 
  9. Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), United Arab Emirates, 19 November 2023 
  10. Electric vehicles, Argentina, 02 December 2023 
  11. Car seat, Thailand, 03 December 2023 

Rubber and Plastic Industries 

  1. Poly vinyl chloride (PVC) homopolymers – Corrigendum, India, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. Polypropylene (PP) materials for moulding and extrusion - Corrigendum, India, (deadline not indicated) 

Telecommunications, audio, and video engineering 

  1. Cell phone chargers – Addendum, Brazil, 14 November 2023 
  2. Transmitters and transceivers – Addendum, Brazil, (deadline not indicated) 
  3. Radio equipment for mobile communication services on board vessels (MCV services), European Union, 13 November 2023 
  4. Wireless LAN (WLAN) system (5.2, 6GHz), Japan, 09 November 2023 
  5. Aerial receiving digital terrestrial television, Chile, 30 November 2023 
  6. Connectable products – Addendum, United Kindom, (deadline not indicated) 

Testing 

  1. Equipment authorization: quality, test conditions and procedures in general – Addendum, United States of America, 30 November 2023 

Textile and leather technology 

  1. Textiles – High density polyethylene/Polypropylene woven sacks for packaging fertilizers, India, 11 November 2023 
  2. Textiles – High density polyethylene/Polypropylene woven sacks for packaging fertilizers, India, 11 November 2023 
  3. Textiles – High density polyethylene/Polypropylene woven sacks for packaging fertilizers, India, 11 November 2023 
  4. Textiles – High density polyethylene/Polypropylene woven sacks for packaging fertilizers, India, 11 November 2023 
  5. Textiles - High density polyethylene / Polypropylene woven sacks for packaging fertilizers, India, 11 November 2023 

Please submit your comments to the DTI Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) thru email at bps@dti.gov.ph and copy the DTI Export Marketing Bureau (exports@dti.gov.ph). The BPS serves as the Philippines’ National Enquiry Point (NEP) and the National Notification Authority (NNA) for the WTO-TBT Agreement.