ANNOUNCEMENT 15 Mar 2011In March 2011, the European Commission announced a change in import duties.
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On 15 March 2011 the European Commission decided to suspend import duties for certain products in the cereals sector. The preferential tariff used to be 12 EUR /ton for 2 989 240 tonnes of low and medium wheat and 16 EUR / ton for 306 215 tonnes of feed barley. From 16 March 2011 onwards these duties were set to zero. According to press sources the reason for implementation of this measure is the rising cost of these products.
The products concerned:
1001 10 00Durum wheat, high quality, medium quality, low quality
1001 90 91 Common wheat seed
1001 90 99High quality common wheat, other than for sowing
1002 00 00Rye
1005 10 90Maize seed, other than hybrid
1005 90 00Maize, other than seed ( 2 )
1007 00 90Grain sorghum, other than hybrids for sowing
Update: On 30 April 2011, the Commission renewed the import duty suspension.
Update 2: On 16 September 2012, the EC decided to renew the suspension of import tariffs for products from the cereals sector.
The latest decree (EU 825/2012) affects exactly the same products/tariff lines that where mentioned about
Update 3: On 31 October 2012, the EC renewed the suspension of import duties on the above mentioned products.
Update 4: On 15 February 2014, the EC again extended the suspension (EU 147/2014).
Update 5: This measure was suspended on 16 July 2014 through EC regulation 774/2014. (cf. Related Measures)