• The latest on the CN nomenclature - new codes added, a few deleted

    In late 2019 the European Commission published its updated tariff and statistical nomenclature which includes a total of 47 new CN codes and deleted 97 of the previously used codes. The new version of the Common Customs Tariff has been applied since 1 January 2020.

    January 9, 2020
  • Changes for imports under GSP for specific product groups

    gAs from 1st January 2020 onwards certain products do not benefit from preferential tariff rates under GSP anymore. Importers can retrieve all import duty rates for each product by using the search form on the Trade Helpdesk homepage.

    December 9, 2019
  • Stay up to date on the latest tariff changes that apply as of 1 July 2019

    Tariff changes applicable from 1 July 2019

    August 2, 2019
  • How to prepare for Brexit?

    Companies who are trading goods with and/or receiving/providing services from/to the UK please read our guide on "How to prepare for your customs procedures in case of a no-deal Brexit".

    February 27, 2019
  • The EU´s product classification system 2019

    In late 2018 the European Commission published its updated tariff and statistical nomenclature together with the latest version of the Common Customs Tariff applicable as of 1 January 2019.


    What is the Common Customs Tariff

    February 4, 2019
  • GSP changes applicable from 01/01/2019

    Graduation of GSP countries

    Four countries have graduated from the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP), as per EU Regulation 2018/148:

    ·         Paraguay, a GSP+ beneficiary country, was classified by the World Bank as upper-middle income country in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Therefore, according to EU Regulation 978/2012, Paraguay no longer qualifies for GSP beneficiary country status.

    ·         Ivory Coast, Ghana and Swaziland have signed a preferential market access agreement with the EU which grants them equal or better market access conditions than GSP. Therefore, they are no longer eligible for tariff preferences under GSP.

    Changes in special regimes

    Samoa, which no longer classifies as a least developed country according to the UN, no longer qualifies for tariff preferences under the Everything but Arms (“EBA”) scheme. As per EU Regulation 2015/1979, it now benefits from tariff preferences under the general GSP arrangement.

    New "REX countries"  

    As of January 1, 2019, the following GSP countries are expected to apply REX:  

    Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mongolia, Nigeria, Philippines, Samoa, Senegal, Tajikistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

    You can check the effective date of application in each GSP country here.

    These countries are joining those which started using REX in 2017 and 2018.

    February 4, 2019
  • Registered Exporter vs. Approved Exporter

    The Union Customs Code has introduced the Registered Exporter System (REX). This system is based on the principle of self-certification. This means that any registered exporter can autonomously assess if they meet any preferential origin requirements. The REX system is applied in the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) of the EU and in the EU-Canada Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

    REX is expected to progressively replace the currently applied system of certificates of origin such as EUR.1 and Form A. According to this system, an exporter needs to be approved by their national customs authority first before they can benefit from a trade agreement’s preferred status.


    December 20, 2018
  • Definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain pneumatic tyres from China

    As of 23 October 2018, a definitive anti-dumping duty is applicable on imports of certain pneumatic tyres, new or retreaded, of rubber, of a kind used for buses or lorries, with a load index exceeding 121, originating in China. (Taric codes 4011.20.90.00 - 4012.12.00.10).

    Additionally, the amounts secured by way of a previous provisional duty, imposed by Regulation 2018/683 on May 2018, would be definitively collected.


    December 19, 2018
  • 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.

    More information

    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