ANNOUNCEMENT 20 Mar 2020

In March 2020, the European Commission amended the temporary export licensing requirement imposed on certain personal protective equipment allowing exports to EFTA countries and other territories without a license. 

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

Official Journal of the European Union, Commission Implementing (EU) 2020/426 of 19 March 2020, amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402 making the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation, published on 20 March 2020: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2020/426/oj
Official Journal of the European Union, Commission Implementing (EU) 2020/568 of 23 April 2020, published on 24 April 2020: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32020R0568&from=EN

Inception date: 21 Mar 2020 | Removal date: 26 May 2020
Still in force

Export licensing requirement

On 20 March 2020, the European Commission issued Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/426 of 19 March 2020 permitting exports of certain personal protective equipment including protective masks, gloves and garments to a number of countries without a license.

The export licensing requirement on certain personal protective equipment was introduced on 15 March by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402 in response to COVID-19, see related state act.

More specifically, the subject countries are the EFTA membership counting Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the territories listed in Annex II of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union as well as the Faeroe Islands, Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican City.

The regulation entered into force on 21 March 2020 and is in force in force until 26 April 2020 unless extended or revoked. 

On 24 April 2020, the European Commission extended the period of imposition of the export licensing requirement on certain personal protective equipment and in this context also extended the exemption of such requirements on the EFTA membership counting Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the territories listed in Annex II of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union as well as the Faeroe Islands, Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican City.

Amendments to the list were made with HS codes 392690, 401511, 401519, and 611610 in this context being removed from Annex 1. The goods subject to these requirements are classified under 392620, 401590, 611300, 611420, 611430, 611490, 621010, 621020, 621030, 621040, 621050, 621132, 621133, 621139, 621142, 621143, 621149, 621600, 630790, 900490, and 902000. Additionally, certain procedural requirements for the issuances of export licenses were specified.

The export licensing requirement is extended for a period of 30 days, i.e. until 26 May 2020.