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On 16 December 2011, the European Commission (EC) issued Regulation 1325/2011, amending Regulation 543/2011 and adjusting the trigger level forpears, lemons, apples and courgettes.
The trigger level defines the preferential import tariff quota. Imports above the trigger level will be subject to additional duties. Therefore, an increase in the trigger level is seen as an indirect decrease in the import duties, while a decrease in the trigger level represents an augmentation in the import duties.
The trigger level has been decreased in the case of courgettes and pears. In the case of lemons and apples, the trigger level has increased during one semester and decreased during the other. It is uncertain which effect will be dominant, hence the measure is considered potentially trade distorting. The measure entered into force on 1 January 2012
With the introduction of regulation 450/2012, 781/2012 and 988/2012 all products are subject to changes in the trigger levels. Therefore this measure is considered to be expired with the introduction of Regulation 988/2012 in October 2012.
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