Articles from 2011

Update on EU- South Korea Free Trade Agreement

Update on EU- South Korea Free Trade Agreement

29 July 2011

HMRC has published an information paper (CIP (11)62)  providing further information on the application of the free trade agreement between the EU and South Korea. The key points cover:

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EU Report on Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

EU Report on Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

29 July 2011

The EU Commission published its annual report on customs enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) on 14 July. This report breaks down seizures by origin and product groups. The number of shipments stopped almost doubled from last year to 103 million. One of the major trends this year is the growing number of detentions of postal packages.

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Classification of False Nails Sets

Classification of False Nails Sets

29 July 2011

The European Court of Justice has ruled on the classification of moulded false nail sets (C215/10). The sets consisted of a variety of sizes of nails made of moulded plastic, a small tube of glue, a nail file, a manicure stick and decorating stickers for the nails.

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Update to Preferential Trade on Imports from Balkans

Update to Preferential Trade on Imports from Balkans

29 July 2011

The EU has entered in to a number of free trade agreements with countries around the Balkans.

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Prohibition of Imports of Fenugreek Seeds, Other Seeds and Beans from Egypt

Prohibition of Imports of Fenugreek Seeds, Other Seeds and Beans from Egypt

29 July 2011

Due to two recent outbreaks of e-coli in Germany & France, emergency measures have now been published by the EU Commission prohibiting the import of fenugreek seeds, other seeds and beans from Egypt.

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HMRC Exploiting an Uneven Playing Field

HMRC Exploiting an Uneven Playing Field

28 June 2011

The customs authorities are frequently circumventing due process and seeking to impose unfavourable classification regulations on businesses by taking disputed items to a closed Committee for decision by their peers from other Member States.

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Classification of High Speed Cameras

Classification of High Speed Cameras

28 June 2011

A recent UK Tax Tribunal (Photron Europe) recently considered an appeal to the classification of high speed cameras. These cameras are intended to be used to capture a sequence of images which occur in relatively short periods of time, e.g., a car crash, where it is able to slow down the playback rate in order that the event is played back in slow motion.

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New Controls on Imports of Plastic Kitchenware Articles

New Controls on Imports of Plastic Kitchenware Articles

28 June 2011

The EU is imposing new controls for the import of polyamide and melamine plastic kitchenware articles originating or consigned from China and Hong Kong from 1 July 2011. From this date all consignments will be subject to documentary checks.

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Classification of Parts & Accessories for Medical Apparatus: Form or Function?

Classification of Parts & Accessories for Medical Apparatus: Form or Function?

28 June 2011

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently ruled on the classification of items of plastic used with medical products. When classifying goods it is a common to come across a tension between form (what an item is made from) and function (what does it do).

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New Tariff Reductions on Imports from South Korea

New Tariff Reductions on Imports from South Korea

14 June 2011

The EU/ South Korea Trade Agreement comes to effect from 1 July 2011. This agreement is reciprocal so that South Korean goods imported in to the EU will benefit from tariff reductions as will EU exports to South Korea.

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