Import Duties in the Cereal sector

09 July 2009

The European Commission recently published Commission Regulation (EC) No 518/2009 amending Regulation 503/2009 fixing the import duties in the cereals sector. The Regulation came into force on 16 June 2009.

The table below (Annex I) shows the import duties on the products referred to in Article 136(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007

CN Code Description Import Duties (EUR/t)
1001 10 00 Durum wheat, High Quality
Medium Quality
Low Quality
1001 90 91 Common wheat seed 0
Ex 1001 90 99 High Quality common wheat other than for sowing 0
1002 00 00 Rye 45.92
1005 10 90 Maize seed other than hybrid 12.22
1005 90 00 Maize other than seed 12.22
1007 00 90 Grain sorghum other than hybrids for sowing 45.92

It is important to note that importers whose goods arrive in the EC via the Atlantic Ocean or via the Suez Canal may benefit, under Article 2(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1249/96 from a reduction in the duty of:

  • 3 EUR/t where the port of unloading is on the Mediterranean Sea or
  • 2 EUR/t where the port of unloading is in Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, Sweden, the UK or the Atlantic Coast of the Iberian Peninsular.

It is also important to note that importers of Maize other than seed (CN 1005 90 00) may also benefit from a flat-rate reduction of EUR 24 per tonne where the conditions laid down in Article 2(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1249/96 are met

The table below (Annex II) shows the factors for calculating the duties laid down in the table above (Annex I)

Averages over the reference period referred to in Article 2(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1249/96 (EUR/t)

Common Wheat Maize Durum Wheat High Quality Durum Wheat Medium Quality Durum Wheat Low Quality Barley
Exchange Minneapolis Chicago
Quotation 209.13 114.96
FOB price USA 211.11 201.11 181.11 9817
Gulf of Mexico premium 14.66
Great Lakes premium 8.93

The Average Freight Costs over the reference period referred to in Article 2(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1249/96 were:

Gulf of Mexico – Rotterdam 20.19 EUR/t

Great Lakes – Rotterdam 17.76 EUR/t

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