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Description

Preferential tariff quotas

Autonomous tariff quotas

Management of Quotas

Quick glance

Under tariff quotas, specified quantities of goods can be imported at reduced or zero duty rate. This doesn't affect any anti-dumping duties also in place.


Preferential tariff quotas

These types of quotas are commonly found in trade agreements and autonomous preferential arrangements between the EU and certain other countries. This type of quota means that a predetermined volume of goods originating in a specified country can be imported into the EU at a favourable rate of duty.


Autonomous tariff quotas

These quotas can be opened in some economic sectors in order to stimulate competition inside the EU. They are normally granted to raw materials, semi-finished goods or components not available in the EU in sufficient quantities. No tariff quotas are granted for finished products.

 

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Management of Quotas

Most tariff quotas are managed by the European Commission's Directorate of Taxation on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. This is done regardless of where the goods are imported into the EU. Information about the current balances is available online.

Some tariff quotas are managed by the European Commission's Directorate-General responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development through a system of import licences. Various Council and Commission Regulations contain the specific provisions for the management of these tariff quotas. Check if a quota apply to your product and its current balance at the search form

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