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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