February 4, 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
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
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
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.August 2, 2018
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
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).June 27, 2018
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 labellingJanuary 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