EC notice regarding imports of tuna from Colombia and El Salvador

09 July 2010

The European Commission issued notice 2010/C 132/05 informing importers of reasonable doubts concerning the proper application of the preferential treatment under the GSP system and the accompanying evidence of origin presented in the EU for canned tuna and frozen tuna loins of HS subheading 1604.14 imported from Colombia and El Salvador.

From various investigations, significant quantities of canned tuna and frozen tuna loins of HS subheading 1604 14 are declared as having origin of Colombia or El Salvador for which they are actually not eligible.

The Commission has also raised doubts about consignments that are imported from other countries benefitting from GSP preferences (GSP) without fulfilling requirements of GSP rules of origin concerning cumulation of origin.

Therefore, the customs authorities have been instructed to pay particular attention to this area so if you are importing tuna from a GSP benefitting country, you should review whether your products do indeed satisfy the preferential rules of origin and to be aware that you may be liable to a customs debt if your products do not satisfy these requirements.

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