IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

Supranational

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 01 Jun 2011 | Removal date: 29 Sep 2012
Still in force

Import tariff quota

On 31 May 2011, the European Commission released regulation 529/2011 introducing new trigger levels for numerous fruits and vegetables.
 
On 15 June 2011, it further specified the import regime by releasing Regulation 543/2011. According to article 79, the EC introduced 'maximum amounts of support', as a compensation for products that cannot be sold on the open market. Domestic producers thus enjoy a safety net which puts them at an advantage over their non-EU competitors.
 
Furthermore, according to article 140, the EC introduced trigger levels for a multitude of fruits and vegetables; namely, tomatoes, cucumbers, artichokes, courgettes, oranges, clementines, mandarins, lemons, table grapes, apples, pears, apricots, cherries, peaches and plums. The trigger level defines the preferential import tariff quota. Imports above the trigger level will be subject to additional duties.
The initial trigger levels came into force on 1 June 2011.
Update
The measure is considered to expire when all trigger levels (mentioned in several measures) changed at least one time. Consequently, the measure expired in October 2012 with the Introduction of Regulation 988/2012.
 
 

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

012 Vegetables
0702 Tomatoes, fresh or chilled.
070200 Tomatoes, fresh or chilled.
0707 Cucumbers and gherkins, fresh or chilled.
070700 Cucumbers and gherkins, fresh or chilled.
0709 Other vegetables, fresh or chilled.
070920 Asparagus
070930 Aubergines (eggplants)
070940 Celery other than celeriac
070951 Mushrooms of the genus Agaricus
070959 Other
070960 Fruits of the genus Capsicum or of the genus Pimenta
070970 Spinach, New Zealand spinach and orache spinach (garden spinach)
070991 Globe artichokes
070993 Pumpkins, squash and gourds (Cucurbita spp.)
070999 Other
013 Fruits & nuts
0806 Grapes, fresh or dried.
080610 Fresh
0808 Apples, pears and quinces, fresh.
080810 Apples
080830 Pears
0809 Apricots, cherries, peaches (including nectarines), plums and sloes, fresh.
080910 Apricots
080921 Sour cherries (Prunus cerasus)
080929 Other
080930 Peaches, including nectarines
080940 Plums and sloes
014 Oilseeds & oleaginous fruits
0709 Other vegetables, fresh or chilled.
070992 Olives
214 Prepared & preserved fruits & nuts
0805 Citrus fruit, fresh or dried.
080510 Oranges
080520 Mandarins (including tangerines and satsumas); clementines, wilkings and similar citrus hybrids
080540 Grapefruit, including pomelos
080550 Lemons (Citrus limon, Citrus limonum) and limes (Citrus aurantifolia, Citrus latifolia)
080590 Other
0806 Grapes, fresh or dried.
080620 Dried

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