WTO Ruling on High-Tech Goods: What happens next for importers?

WTO Ruling on High-Tech Goods: What happens next for importers?

14 October 2010

ITS reported last month that the EU had suffered a significant defeat at the World Trade Organisation. The WTO decided that the EU had breached its obligations under the GATT 94 International Technology Agreement (ITA) by levying customs duties on certain technology products including multi-functioning devices, monitors and set top boxes. The EU has decided not to appeal against this ruling.

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EU to temporarily ease Tariff measures on certain Pakistani products?

EU to temporarily ease Tariff measures on certain Pakistani products?

27 September 2010

Certain EU Member States are proposing to temporarily ease Tariff Duties on certain Pakistani textile products in order to help the country to recover from the devastating floods that it has suffered recently.

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WTO rules that EU Tariffs on certain high-tech goods are not allowed under GATT 1994

WTO rules that EU Tariffs on certain high-tech goods are not allowed under GATT 1994

08 September 2010

The WTO Dispute Settlement Body recently ruled that EU Tariffs on certain High-Tech goods were in violation of the EC’s obligations under the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The United States, Japan and Chinese Taipei claimed that the EC had signed up to allow certain information technology products duty-free access into the EU and that the imposition of import Tariff’s was subsequently prohibited by the ITA.

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August 2010 Classification News

August 2010 Classification News

16 August 2010

August has been a busy month for classification regulations. The following have all been covered:

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Mercosur and Egypt sign Free Trade Agreement

Mercosur and Egypt sign Free Trade Agreement

11 August 2010

After six years of talks, Mercosur and Egypt have signed a Free Trade Agreement. The Agreement will immediately eliminate tariffs on butter, maize, metals, oils, valves and wheat. Duties on milk and industrial products will be phased out within the next four years while remaining tariffs will be phased out over a period of eight to ten years.

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