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EU law news May 2024
26-05-2024

News in week 21: Import Control System 2 - Release 3 goes live next week; imports of mobile access equipment originating in China subject to registration; anti-dumping proceedings concerning imports of vanillin and lysine originating in China; updates concerning exemptions from the extended anti-dumping duty on certain bicycle parts originating in China; entry into force of the European Critical Raw Materials Act; the Council has formally adopted the corporate sustainability due diligence directive.

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EU law news May 2024
26-05-2024

News in week 21: Import Control System 2 - Release 3 goes live next week; imports of mobile access equipment originating in China subject to registration; anti-dumping proceedings concerning imports of vanillin and lysine originating in China; updates concerning exemptions from the extended anti-dumping duty on certain bicycle parts originating in China; entry into force of the European Critical Raw Materials Act; the Council has formally adopted the corporate sustainability due diligence directive.

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Six months until the new PEM rules of origin enter into force
26-05-2024

The new, revised Pan European Mediterranean (PEM) rules of origin will enter into force on 1 January 2025 for all parties of the PEM Convention. Traders importing and exporting within the PEM origin cumulation zone will be able to use the new, more business-friendly and flexible rules. Even when trading with countries that have not opted to use transitional rules.

Dr Anna Jerzewska

origin
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Six months until the new PEM rules of origin enter into force
26-05-2024

The new, revised Pan European Mediterranean (PEM) rules of origin will enter into force on 1 January 2025 for all parties of the PEM Convention. Traders importing and exporting within the PEM origin cumulation zone will be able to use the new, more business-friendly and flexible rules. Even when trading with countries that have not opted to use transitional rules.

Dr Anna Jerzewska

origin
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Is payment of customs duties suspended if a dispute is brought before a court?
19-05-2024

Did you know that customs duties are one of the European Union's own resources? Therefore, when you challenge customs decisions to calculate customs duties, you are essentially challenging EU revenue. In this overview of a recent judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union, we answer the question of whether, in the event of a dispute with customs, the collection of import duties (customs duties and VAT) is suspended until the outcome of the proceedings is known.

Dr. Aistė Medelienė

duties, taxes, violations
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Is payment of customs duties suspended if a dispute is brought before a court?
19-05-2024

Did you know that customs duties are one of the European Union's own resources? Therefore, when you challenge customs decisions to calculate customs duties, you are essentially challenging EU revenue. In this overview of a recent judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union, we answer the question of whether, in the event of a dispute with customs, the collection of import duties (customs duties and VAT) is suspended until the outcome of the proceedings is known.

Dr. Aistė Medelienė

duties, taxes, violations
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New General Product Safety Regulation: What should economic operators expect?
16-05-2024

Every year since 2003, the European Commission has published its annual report on Safety Gate, the European Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products. The reports cover the alerts identified during the year and the measures taken by countries to eliminate or minimise the risks. It is worth noting that this system covers not only EU Member States, but also Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. In March, the annual report was published for 2023, with a record number of notifications, which emphasises the need to further mobilise efforts and improve tools to improve the safety of goods entering the European market. An important new tool – The General Product Safety Regulation - is discussed in this article.

Anthony Buckley

restrictions, trade barriers
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New General Product Safety Regulation: What should economic operators expect?
16-05-2024

Every year since 2003, the European Commission has published its annual report on Safety Gate, the European Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products. The reports cover the alerts identified during the year and the measures taken by countries to eliminate or minimise the risks. It is worth noting that this system covers not only EU Member States, but also Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. In March, the annual report was published for 2023, with a record number of notifications, which emphasises the need to further mobilise efforts and improve tools to improve the safety of goods entering the European market. An important new tool – The General Product Safety Regulation - is discussed in this article.

Anthony Buckley

restrictions, trade barriers
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If the debtor is not liable to pay the customs debt, must the guarantor pay it?
16-05-2024

Last year, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has issued a judgment on interpreting and clarifying the provisions of the Community Customs Code. This article seeks to explore the particular field of customs law within the EU, focusing on the rulings of the ECJ on customs debt, debtors' obligations and notification procedures. Through an examination of the case and its implications, the author's aim is to provide insights into the practical implications of the case for businesses and regulators alike operating under the current legislation.

Khrystyna Zhytniak

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If the debtor is not liable to pay the customs debt, must the guarantor pay it?
16-05-2024

Last year, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has issued a judgment on interpreting and clarifying the provisions of the Community Customs Code. This article seeks to explore the particular field of customs law within the EU, focusing on the rulings of the ECJ on customs debt, debtors' obligations and notification procedures. Through an examination of the case and its implications, the author's aim is to provide insights into the practical implications of the case for businesses and regulators alike operating under the current legislation.

Khrystyna Zhytniak

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Law and case law news: what shouldn't a customs professional miss?
05-05-2024

Customs law is the rules of the game for everyone involved in customs and international trade. These rules are not always clear and unambiguous, do not always meet the expectations of those involved and are sometimes even imprecise. This leads to difficulties in their application and forces the courts to intervene. This review contains some interesting insights and exceptional examples of legislation and court cases from Europe and around the world (Belgium, Lithuania, Bulgaria, WB, Brazil, USA, Ukraine, Israel), which have been presented at the 21th Authors’ Meeting.

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Law and case law news: what shouldn't a customs professional miss?
05-05-2024

Customs law is the rules of the game for everyone involved in customs and international trade. These rules are not always clear and unambiguous, do not always meet the expectations of those involved and are sometimes even imprecise. This leads to difficulties in their application and forces the courts to intervene. This review contains some interesting insights and exceptional examples of legislation and court cases from Europe and around the world (Belgium, Lithuania, Bulgaria, WB, Brazil, USA, Ukraine, Israel), which have been presented at the 21th Authors’ Meeting.

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EU Customs Reform: What will change in the import process?
02-05-2024

This article continues the overview of certain aspects of the EU Customs Reform. In a previous article, the author described why and how the Commission intends to impose the obligations for importing goods on a single person, the importer in three variants: the regular importer, the deemed importer (for e-commerce) and the indirect customs representative representing both types of importers. In this article, the author focuses on the proposed import procedure, which consists of several consecutive steps.

Michael Lux

customs clearance
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EU Customs Reform: What will change in the import process?
02-05-2024

This article continues the overview of certain aspects of the EU Customs Reform. In a previous article, the author described why and how the Commission intends to impose the obligations for importing goods on a single person, the importer in three variants: the regular importer, the deemed importer (for e-commerce) and the indirect customs representative representing both types of importers. In this article, the author focuses on the proposed import procedure, which consists of several consecutive steps.

Michael Lux

customs clearance
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BTOM Phase 2 - The Common User Charge
02-05-2024

On the 30th of April 2024, the UK Government introduced the second phase of Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) checks on goods entering the UK. The government has released details on the charges that will be levied for food and drink goods entering the UK from abroad, raising concerns from trade experts about the likely effect on smaller businesses and the UK’s post-Brexit trade.

Mark Rowbotham

duties, taxes
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BTOM Phase 2 - The Common User Charge
02-05-2024

On the 30th of April 2024, the UK Government introduced the second phase of Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) checks on goods entering the UK. The government has released details on the charges that will be levied for food and drink goods entering the UK from abroad, raising concerns from trade experts about the likely effect on smaller businesses and the UK’s post-Brexit trade.

Mark Rowbotham

duties, taxes
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UK news April/May 2024
01-05-2024

News at a glance: Deadline for switching to CDS for exports; new inbound border checks for SPS goods introduced; temporary removal of tariffs for cut flowers; further sanctions on Iran.

Dr Anna Jerzewska

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UK news April/May 2024
01-05-2024

News at a glance: Deadline for switching to CDS for exports; new inbound border checks for SPS goods introduced; temporary removal of tariffs for cut flowers; further sanctions on Iran.

Dr Anna Jerzewska

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EU law news April 2024
28-04-2024

News in week 17: 20th anniversary of the 2004 EU enlargement; directive on criminal penalties for the violation of Union restrictive measures; resolution on the prohibition of products made with forced labour; customs valuation and the meaning of 'in substantially the same quantity'; changes to tariff quotas following the EU's FTA with New Zealand; new representative import prices for certain poultry meat from Brazil; impending expiry of anti-dumping duty on imports of persulphates from China; infringement proceedings against Spain for failure to collect import duties on textile products; South Africa challenges the EU's prohibition on the importation of citrus fruit; World Intellectual Property Day highlights the link between IPRs and SDGs; Commission proposed Association Agreement with Andorra and San Marino to the Council; documents for non-commercial movement of certain pets; Irish Customs - many export declarations have not been correctly closed out.

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EU law news April 2024
28-04-2024

News in week 17: 20th anniversary of the 2004 EU enlargement; directive on criminal penalties for the violation of Union restrictive measures; resolution on the prohibition of products made with forced labour; customs valuation and the meaning of 'in substantially the same quantity'; changes to tariff quotas following the EU's FTA with New Zealand; new representative import prices for certain poultry meat from Brazil; impending expiry of anti-dumping duty on imports of persulphates from China; infringement proceedings against Spain for failure to collect import duties on textile products; South Africa challenges the EU's prohibition on the importation of citrus fruit; World Intellectual Property Day highlights the link between IPRs and SDGs; Commission proposed Association Agreement with Andorra and San Marino to the Council; documents for non-commercial movement of certain pets; Irish Customs - many export declarations have not been correctly closed out.

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Can a direct customs representative amend what he has declared, if he erroneously indicated the wrong person instead of the actual importer who empowered him?
21-04-2024

Human beings are prone to making mistakes. Mistakes in customs declarations are no exception. Customs law allows them to be corrected. But it is not that simple. Does it apply to all mistakes and to all people who make them? Read the details in the article below.

Michael Lux

customs clearance
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Can a direct customs representative amend what he has declared, if he erroneously indicated the wrong person instead of the actual importer who empowered him?
21-04-2024

Human beings are prone to making mistakes. Mistakes in customs declarations are no exception. Customs law allows them to be corrected. But it is not that simple. Does it apply to all mistakes and to all people who make them? Read the details in the article below.

Michael Lux

customs clearance
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Technology to Customs: Catch me, if you can
21-04-2024

The WTO's Harmonised System (HS) convention is probably one of the most successful international conventions and aims to harmonise tariff codes for goods worldwide. The WTO also has successful conventions, including the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which aims to improve trade in technology products by eliminating customs duties on selected and defined products. The interests of the HS and the ITA are not identical. While the HS aims to establish rules for a unified classification, regardless of whether the result leads to duty-free treatment or not, the ITA's objective is duty-free treatment for technological products.

Omer Wagner

classification, duties, taxes
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Technology to Customs: Catch me, if you can
21-04-2024

The WTO's Harmonised System (HS) convention is probably one of the most successful international conventions and aims to harmonise tariff codes for goods worldwide. The WTO also has successful conventions, including the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which aims to improve trade in technology products by eliminating customs duties on selected and defined products. The interests of the HS and the ITA are not identical. While the HS aims to establish rules for a unified classification, regardless of whether the result leads to duty-free treatment or not, the ITA's objective is duty-free treatment for technological products.

Omer Wagner

classification, duties, taxes
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EU Customs Reform: Who is the ‘importer’ and what are their responsibilities?
21-04-2024

Continuing a series of articles on the main legal aspects of the proposed EU customs reform, the author focuses on a key player in the import process: the importer. The Commission proposal is based on a new vision of this actor and his responsibilities. This article describes and analyses the three variants under this concept: the basic rules for importers, the special rules for deemed importers, and the rules for indirect customs representatives who are treated as the (deemed) importer. Furthermore, it addresses the question of what happens when the wrong person has been named as an importer by an actor in the supply chain or a customs representative.

Michael Lux

law, import
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EU Customs Reform: Who is the ‘importer’ and what are their responsibilities?
21-04-2024

Continuing a series of articles on the main legal aspects of the proposed EU customs reform, the author focuses on a key player in the import process: the importer. The Commission proposal is based on a new vision of this actor and his responsibilities. This article describes and analyses the three variants under this concept: the basic rules for importers, the special rules for deemed importers, and the rules for indirect customs representatives who are treated as the (deemed) importer. Furthermore, it addresses the question of what happens when the wrong person has been named as an importer by an actor in the supply chain or a customs representative.

Michael Lux

law, import
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UK customs updates March 2024
07-04-2024

HM Government announced date and other changes around supplementary declarations; DDA payments - an extra calendar day to submit duty deferment payments; CDS implementation extension - exports to move to CDS until 4 June 2024; trade with Northern Ireland - a requirement to have a valid UK Internal Market Scheme authorisation to keep using the NIREM code; important updates on EORI and VAT registrations.

Mark Rowbotham

law
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UK customs updates March 2024
07-04-2024

HM Government announced date and other changes around supplementary declarations; DDA payments - an extra calendar day to submit duty deferment payments; CDS implementation extension - exports to move to CDS until 4 June 2024; trade with Northern Ireland - a requirement to have a valid UK Internal Market Scheme authorisation to keep using the NIREM code; important updates on EORI and VAT registrations.

Mark Rowbotham

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Origin of goods – the trends
07-04-2024

The language of sustainable development legislation and the language of the legislation of origin are completely different; it is necessary to find a lingua franca for these areas to better understand and implement the requirements. On the other hand, harmonisation of rules of origin at a global level is essential to address the challenges faced by importers - the need for harmonisation of these rules has never been greater. These and many other views were exchanged at the 20th Authors' Meeting. We invite you to read an overview.

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Origin of goods – the trends
07-04-2024

The language of sustainable development legislation and the language of the legislation of origin are completely different; it is necessary to find a lingua franca for these areas to better understand and implement the requirements. On the other hand, harmonisation of rules of origin at a global level is essential to address the challenges faced by importers - the need for harmonisation of these rules has never been greater. These and many other views were exchanged at the 20th Authors' Meeting. We invite you to read an overview.

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EU FTAs: Is EU fully utilising benefits?
07-04-2024

The EU has concluded more than 40 free trade agreements (FTAs) with around 80 countries, which supposedly bring significant benefits for trade with partner countries. But is this really the case, i.e. is the EU fully utilising these benefits? This article attempts to assess the application of EU FTAs by analysing the flow of goods in and out of the main trading partners. The author looks at how import and export volumes and geography depend on the existence of preferential agreements.

Assoc Prof Dr Momchil Antov

origin, trade topics
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EU FTAs: Is EU fully utilising benefits?
07-04-2024

The EU has concluded more than 40 free trade agreements (FTAs) with around 80 countries, which supposedly bring significant benefits for trade with partner countries. But is this really the case, i.e. is the EU fully utilising these benefits? This article attempts to assess the application of EU FTAs by analysing the flow of goods in and out of the main trading partners. The author looks at how import and export volumes and geography depend on the existence of preferential agreements.

Assoc Prof Dr Momchil Antov

origin, trade topics
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