ANNOUNCEMENT 14 Dec 2018

In December 2018, the Council of the European Union announced the 2019-2020 import tariff quota levels for certain fishery products. 

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

2

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

Official Journal of the European Union, COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) 2018/1977 of 11 December 2018, opening and providing for the management of autonomous Union tariff quotas for certain fishery products for the period 2019–2020, issued on 18 December 2018: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2018.317.01.0002.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2018:317:TOC

Inception date: 01 Jan 2019 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2020

Import tariff quota

On 18 December 2018, the Council of European Union issued a regulation announcing the 2019-2020 import tariff quota levels for certain fishery products. Compared to the previous period the import tariff quota was increased on fishery goods when comparing on an annual basis. The quota is increased from between 0 and 300,000 tonnes to 1,500 and 320,000 tonnes depending on the subject good. The in-quota tariff level is 0% with the exception of haddock and rock lobster which are set respectively at 2.6% and 6%. The out of quota import tariff rate was in 2018 according to the WTO download facility between 2% and 24.1% depending on the subject good.  

Notably, the above-mentioned quota ranges represent the total quota for the period covered not the annual average. The previous period covered the years 2016 to 2018, see related state act, whilst the current import tariff quota period entered into force on 1 January 2019 for a period of two years.

AFFECTED SECTORS

 
Inception date: 01 Jan 2019 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2020

Import tariff quota

On 18 December 2018, the Council of European Union issued Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1977 of 11 December 2018 introducing the 2019-2020 import tariff quota levels for certain fishery products. Compared to the previous period the quota for tariff-free imports was decreased on an annual basis on the following goods: 

  • Fresh or frozen Pandalus borealis and Pandalus montagui shrimps and prawns the quota is decreased from 10,000 to 4,000 tonnes (HS code 0306.26 and 0306.16)
  • Cooked and peeled Pandalus borealis, and Pandalus montagui shrimps and prawns the quota is respectively decreased from 30,000 to 7,000 tonnes (HS code 1605.21 and 1605.29)
  • Fresh or frozen Pleoticus muelleri shrimps and prawns the quota is decreased from 10,000 to 4,000 tonnes (HS code 0306.17 and 0306.36)
  • Frozen anchovies the quota is decreased from 1,000 to 500 tonnes (HS code 0303.59)
  • Certain herrings the quota is decreased from 17,500 to 8,000 tonnes (HS code 0302.41, 0303.51, 0304.59 and 0304.99)
  • Fresh or frozen hard fish roes salted or in brine, for processing is decreased from 3,000 to 1,500 tonnes (HS code 0305.20.00 - notably the same category was classified under HS code 1604.32.00 in the previous period)

The above quotas represent the total quota for the period covered not the annual average. Notably, the previous period covered the years 2016 to 2018, see related state act, whilst the current import tariff quota period entered into force on 1 January 2019 for a period of two years. The out of quota import tariff rate was in 2018, according to the WTO download facility, between 11% and 20% depending on the subject good.  

In February 2020, the HS code for fresh or frozen hard fish roes salted or in brine was extended 1604.32.00 retrospectively from 1 January 2019, see related state act.