Articles from 2011

EU Reshaping the Import Preference Scheme (GSP)

EU Reshaping the Import Preference Scheme (GSP)

19 May 2011

The European Commission has announced that it wants to reshape the current General System of Preference (GSP) regime that allows imports from developing countries to benefit from lower or zero rates of customs duty.

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New Classification Explanatory Notes

New Classification Explanatory Notes

19 May 2011

The EU Commission has published a new version of the Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature (CN) or customs tariff. Although these notes are not legally binding they are considered by the courts to be an important aid for interpreting the tariff. The following link will take you to these notes:

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Additional Duties on Certain Stainless Steel Bars & Rods from India

Additional Duties on Certain Stainless Steel Bars & Rods from India

10 May 2011

Council Regulation 405/2011 imposes definitive countervailing duties and collects the provisions countervailing duties on imports of certain stainless steel bars and rods from India. The standard addtionional duty is rate is 4.3% but a small number of suppliers exports will attract slightly lower additional rates (from 3.3-4%).

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Withdrawal of Psuedo Commodity Code 9950.0000 for Low Value Imports

Withdrawal of Psuedo Commodity Code 9950.0000 for Low Value Imports

10 May 2011

From 1 July 2011 the concession allowing importers to use pseudo commodity code 9950.0000 will be removed. As a result tax payers will need to determine the correct commodity code for these items or risk clearance delays and penalties. We understand that this deadline will not be further extended.

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April 2011- ECJ rules on Classification of Set Top Boxes (STB)

April 2011- ECJ rules on Classification of Set Top Boxes (STB)

27 April 2011

The European Court of Justice has finally resolved the classification of set top boxes with decoders and hard disk drives.

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ECJ Rules on Scope and Use of Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

ECJ Rules on Scope and Use of Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

27 April 2011

The ECJ recently ruled on whether a company could enjoy rely on a BTI issued to another party (in this case a sister company).

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Duty Reclaims on Rejected Goods

Duty Reclaims on Rejected Goods

27 April 2011

Importers can reclaim customs duties paid on goods that are faulty or not in accordance with contract by using claim form C&E1179.

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EU Reduces the Number of Products that attract Additional Duty from the US

EU Reduces the Number of Products that attract Additional Duty from the US

21 April 2011

EC Regulation No. 673/2005 imposed a 15% ad valorem additional customs duty on certain imports that originated in the United States of America due to the US’s failure to bring the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA) in conformity with its obligations under World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements.

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March 2011 Classification News

March 2011 Classification News

21 April 2011

March has seen a number of classification regulations come into force concerning:

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EU instigates radiation contamination checks on imports of Japanese food products

EU instigates radiation contamination checks on imports of Japanese food products

28 March 2011

Following the continuing problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant following the Tsunami that hit Japan, the European Commission has become concerned at the levels of radiation in certain Japanese food products such as milk and spinach may be harmful to public and animal safety in the EU.

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