• EU starts provisional safeguard measures on imports of steel products

    The EU has imposed provisional safeguard measures on imports of certain steel products with the publication of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1013.

    This is the EU response to the diversion of steel from other countries to the EU market as a result of the recently imposed US tariffs.

    The provisional measures consist of Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) of 25% and concern 23 steel product categories. They apply to all countries with the exception of some developing countries with limited exports to the EU.

    Imports originating in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are exempted from these measures.

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    August 2, 2018
  • EU starts prior surveillance of certain aluminium imports

    The EU has started  monitoring import quantities of certain aluminium products. Aluminium plates, sheets and wires, when imported into the EU and exceeding 2500 kg in weight, are now subject to a surveillance document. Product codes concerned are 7601 to 09 and 7616.99.

    Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/640 lists competent authorities in each EU country who issue surveillance documents to each importer upon request. It also defines the forms to use and the procedure to follow.

    Imports originating in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are exempted from this obligation.

    June 28, 2018
  • Not sure about the origin of your product? Ask for a "Binding Origin Information" decision

    Companies who are unsure about the origin of their goods, or who simply want legal certainty, may apply for a Binding Origin Information decision (BOI).

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    June 27, 2018
  • Mozambique has ratified its Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU.

    Since 4th February 2018 exporters from Mozambique can now choose between the duty discounts granted by GSP or those of the Economic Partnership Agreement. Both, GSP and the SADC EPA have their specific set of rules of origin.

    February 6, 2018
  • Commission Notice on the indication of the quantity of certain ingredients used in pre-packed foods (QUID)

    On 20 November 2017, the Commission published additional guidelines for businesses and national authorities on how to apply the principle of quantitative ingredients declarations (QUID) according to   Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers.

    The Notice delivers clarifications on the following:

    - The obligation to place such a declaration, the cases where it applies and derogations to this rule

    - How to express the quantitative ingredients declaration, e.g. a percentage mention of the main ingredient used in the product

    - How to position the declaration on the labelling

    January 25, 2018
  • Changes in official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin applicable from 1 January 2018

    From 1 January 2018 EU Member States will increase their official controls on selected imported products originating from certain exporting countries.

    The following products are concerned:

    - Consignments of peppers (Capsicum spp.) from India and Pakistan

    - Pistachios from the United States and peppers (Capsicum spp.) from Thailand and Vietnam now include roasted pistachios and frozen peppers,

    - Dried grapes, falling under CN code 0806 20, now include dried grapes which have been cut or crushed into a paste without any further treatment as well and

    Previously increased official controls on table grapes from Egypt and eggplants from Thailand have been removed from the list given the overall satisfactory degree of compliance.

    The controls mentioned above were adopted on December 12, 2017 by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2298 and are applying since 1st January 2018. The Regulation updates Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 which lays down rules concerning the increased level of official controls to be carried out on imports of feed and food of non-animal origin listed in Annex I thereto at the points of entry into the Member States referred to in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 882/2004.

    The list of the Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 is regularly reviewed based on the occurrence and relevance food incidents notified through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed as well as on the biannual reports on consignments of feed and food of non-animal origin submitted by Member States to the Commission.


    January 25, 2018
  • Product classification: 16 new codes "on the block"

    Once a year we update the EU´s product classification system. Since 1st January 2018 new codes apply to e.g. e-cigarettes and their cartridges.

    January 8, 2018
  • New guidelines on how to quantify the main ingredients in processed and packaged food products

    Food products in the EU that are named after a main ingredient, e.g. salami pizza, chocolate ice cream, fruit pie must indicate to what extent the product contains this ingredient. The new guidelines clarify which products are concerned and how to calculate the quantities.

    December 21, 2017
  • From 1/1/2018 further GSP countries are expected to start using the REX system

    As of 1st January 2018 fourteen further GSP countries are expected to start applying the REX system. This means that the Form A certificate of origin will not be valid beyond that date.


    December 11, 2017
  • Better EU market access for Ukraine

    Since 1st October certain agricultural and industrial goods benefit from autonomous trade measures.

    October 13, 2017