EC: Reclassification of DMB mobile phones for tariff purposes.
The European Communities has effectively removed the 14% tariff on digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) phones by recategorising them as multi-functional mobile devices. Since 2007 the products have fallen under the TV sets category resulting in a higher level of tariff. As multi-functional mobile phones, the products will only be subject to 3.7% tariff.
The Government of South Korea and local manufacturers asked the European Commission to review its evaluation last November. Customs tariffs of approximately US$12.2 m will be returned to Korean exporters, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics .
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date Discovered: 04/11/2009
Date of inception: 26 Jul 2009
GTA Evaluation: Green
EU cuts tariffs on DMB phones to delight of Korean manufacturers, Asia Pulse, 10 August 2009
EU to lift 14 Percent Tariff on Korean DMB headsets, Maeil Business, 26 July 2009