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S. Korea expresses concerns over China's toughened safety rules on batteries

All News 11:00 January 28, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean committee consisting of government and business officials has asked the Chinese government to delay introducing tougher safety rules on lithium-ion batteries, a local business lobby group said Thursday.

The request by the committee chaired by a senior commerce ministry official here was recently delivered to a Chinese agency in charge of monitoring product quality and licensing, according to the Korea International Trade Association (KITA).

In October, the Chinese government said it will closely look into whether imported lithium-ion batteries meet safety rules when issuing its product quality certification. This new rule is to be enforced from Sunday.

South Korean producers of lithium-ion batteries mostly used in mobile phones and laptop computers have voiced concerns that they might not be able to conform to the new safety rules in such a short period of time, worrying that they could serve as non-tariff barriers to their products in China.

"With about 90 percent tariffs to be lifted through the recently ratified free trade deal between Korea and China, there are still many non-tariff barriers that put a burden on our companies," a KITA official said. "The committee will keep working to address this matter in cooperation with the government."


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