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Inception date: 01 Jan 2013 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2013

Import tariff

On 17 December 2013, the EC suspended the autonomous common customs tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products.

The suspension is aimed at avoiding potential shortages by increasing imports. The EC justifies the measure by stating that:'The Union production of the agricultural and industrial products is currently inadequate or non-existent, and thus the needs of user industries in the Union cannot be met.' (par. 1, Regulation 1387/2013, from 17 December 2013)

The list of all affected products can be found in Annex one of the Regulation (sources). The new suspension repeals Regulation 1344/2011 (related measures). Compared to the previous regulation, 30 tariff lines on the 6-digit level were deleted.

Update on 18 December 2014:
On 18 December 2014, the European Commission announced in regulation 1341/2014 an amended list of suspended tariff duties, which applied starting from 1 January 2015. Therefore, this measure is no longer classified as implemented.




042 Fish live, fresh or chilled for human consumption
0302 Fish, fresh or chilled, excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 03.04.
030289 Other
212 Prepared & preserved fish, crustaceans, molluscs
0302 Fish, fresh or chilled, excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 03.04.
030290 Livers and roes
0303 Fish, frozen, excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 03.04.
030390 Livers and roes
0305 Fish, dried, salted or in brine; smoked fish, whether or not cooked before or during the smoking process; flours, meals and pellets of fish, fit for human consumption.
030520 Livers and roes of fish, dried, smoked, salted or in brine
1604 Prepared or preserved fish; caviar and caviar substitutes prepared from fish eggs.
160411 Salmon
160432 Caviar substitutes
1605 Crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates, prepared or preserved.
214 Prepared & preserved fruits & nuts
2008 Fruit, nuts and other edible parts of plants, otherwise prepared or preserved, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or spirit, not elsewhere specified or included.
200860 Cherries
333 Petroleum oils & oils of bituminous materials, other than crude
2710 Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic con
271012 Light oils and preparations
341 Basic organic chemicals
2905 Acyclic alcohols and their halogenated, sulphonated, nitrated or nitrosated derivatives.
290522 Acyclic terpene alcohols
2917 Polycarboxylic acids, their anhydrides, halides, peroxides and peroxyacids; their halogenated, sulphonated, nitrated or nitrosated derivatives.
291712 Adipic acid, its salts and esters
347 Plastics in primary forms
3906 Acrylic polymers in primary forms.
390610 Poly(methyl methacrylate)
352 Pharmaceutical products
2918 Carboxylic acids with additional oxygen function and their anhydrides, halides, peroxides and peroxyacids; their halogenated, sulphonated, nitrated or nitrosated derivatives.
291823 Other esters of salicylic acid and their salts
371 Glass & glass products
7002 Glass in balls (other than microspheres of heading 70.18), rods or tubes, unworked.
700210 Balls
7011 Glass envelopes (including bulbs and tubes), open, and glass parts thereof, without fittings, for electric lamps, cathoderay tubes or the like.
701110 For electric lighting
379 Other non-metallic mineral products n.e.c.
3801 Artificial graphite; colloidal or semicolloidal graphite; preparations based on graphite or other carbon in the form of pastes, blocks, plates or other semimanufactures.
380120 Colloidal or semicolloidal graphite
6805 Natural or artificial abrasive powder or grain, on a base of textile material, of paper, of paperboard or of other materials, whether or not cut to shape or sewn or otherwise made up.
680510 On a base of woven textile fabric only
680520 On a base of paper or paperboard only
680530 On a base of other materials
429 Other fabricated metal products
8302 Base metal mountings, fittings and similar articles suitable for furniture, doors, staircases, windows, blinds, coachwork, saddlery, trunks, chests, caskets or the like; base metal hatracks, hatpegs, brackets and similar fixtures; castors with mountings
830242 Other, suitable for furniture
8305 Fittings for looseleaf binders or files, letter clips, letter corners, paper clips, indexing tags and similar office articles, of base metal; staples in strips (for example, for offices, upholstery, packaging), of base metal.
830520 Staples in strips
431 Engines & turbines & parts
8407 Sparkignition reciprocating or rotary internal combustion piston engines.
840731 Of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50 cc
432 Pumps, compressors, hydraulic & pneumatic power engines; parts
8412 Other engines and motors.
841221 Linear acting (cylinders)
439 Other general-purpose machinery & parts
8419 Machinery, plant or laboratory equipment, whether or not electrically heated (excluding furnaces, ovens and other equipment of heading 85.14), for the treatment of materials by a process involving a change of temperature such as heating, cooking, roasting
841989 Other
442 Machine-tools & parts
8462 Machinetools (including presses) for working metal by forging, hammering or diestamping; machinetools (including presses) for working metal by bending, folding, straightening, flattening, shearing, punching or notching; presses for working metal or met
846221 Numerically controlled
449 Other special-purpose machinery & parts
8477 Machinery for working rubber or plastics or for the manufacture of products from these materials, not specified or included elsewhere in this Chapter.
847759 Other
471 Electronic valves & tubes; electronic components; parts
8540 Thermionic, cold cathode or photocathode valves and tubes (for example, vacuum or vapour or gas filled valves and tubes, mercury arc rectifying valves and tubes, cathoderay tubes, television camera tubes).
854091 Of cathoderay tubes
473 Broadcast recording apparatus; microphones, loudspeakers, etc.
8519 Sound recording or reproducing apparatus.
851981 Using magnetic, optical or semiconductor media
481 Medical & surgical equipment & orthopaedic appliances
9022 Apparatus based on the use of Xrays or of alpha, beta or gamma radiations, whether or not for medical, surgical, dental or veterinary uses, including radiography or radiotherapy apparatus, Xray tubes and other Xray generators, high tension generators,
902230 Xray tubes
482 Instruments & control equipment, except optical instruments
9032 Automatic regulating or controlling instruments and apparatus.
903210 Thermostats

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