ANNOUNCEMENT 20 Nov 2020

In November 2020, the European Union issued a regulation imposing an additional import duty on a number of fruit and vegetables exceeding certain quota levels for the period 2021-2022.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

6

  • 4 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 2 liberalising

SOURCE

Official Journal of the European Union, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/892 of 13 March 2017, published on 25 May 2017: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2017.138.01.0057.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2017:138:TOC
Official Journal of the European Union, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1733 of 19 November 2020, published on 20 November 2020: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32020R1733

Inception date: 01 Jan 2021 | Removal date: 30 Jun 2022

Import tariff

On 20 November 2020, the European Commission issued Regulation (EU) 2020/1733 imposing additional import duties on certain fruit and vegetables if the quantity of the subject goods exceeds a specific trigger volume level within the specified application period, see related interventions. The rate of the additional duty is one-third of the import duty specified in the Common Customs Tariff for the subject good. 

The subject goods concern the following: tomatoes (Hs code 0702.00.00); cucumbers (0707.00.05); artichokes (0709.91.10); courgettes (0709.93.10); oranges (0805.10.22, 0805.10.24 and 0805.10.28); clementines (0805.22.00); mandarins as well as tangerines and satsumas (0805.21 and 0805.29.00); lemons (0805.50.10); table grapes (0805.10.10); apples (0808.10.80); pears (0808.30.90); apricots (0809.10.00); certain cherries (0809.29.00); peaches and nectarines (0809.30); and plums (0809.40.05).

The resolution is in force from 1 January 2021 until 30 June 2022, however, the duty is imposed only in a specified application period depending on the subject good. In this context, the out of quota additional duty is applicable for pears from 1 January 2021 until 30 April 2021 and then again from 1 July, see related intervention. Application periods are listed in the Regulation's Annex. Such additional duties have been applied under varying trigger volumes since 2018, see related state acts. 

The rules governing the additional import duty on certain fruit and vegetables is governed by Regulation (EU) 2017/892 published on 25 May 2017.

AFFECTED SECTORS

 
Inception date: 01 Jul 2021 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2021

Import tariff

On 20 November 2020, the European Commission issued Regulation (EU) 2020/1733 imposing additional out-of-quota import duties on certain fruit and vegetables within a specified application period if exceeding a specified quota level, see related interventions. For pears (HS code 0808.30.90), the applicable period is from 1 January until 30 April 2021 (see related intervention) and from 1 July until 31 December 2021. The rate of the additional duty is one-third of the import duty specified in the Common Customs Tariff for the subject good. Such additional duties have been applied under varying trigger volumes since 2018, see related state acts. 

The rules governing the additional import duty on certain fruit and vegetables is governed by Regulation (EU) 2017/892 published on 25 May 2017.

Inception date: 01 Jan 2021 | Removal date: 30 Jun 2022

Import tariff quota

On 20 November 2020, the European Commission introduced a temporary import tariff quota on certain fruit and vegetables. For imports exceeding the set quota, an additional duty is imposed on the subject goods, see related intervention. In-quota imports are not subject to additional duties, however, normal Common Customs Tariffs are not exempt. The import tariff quota (also known as trigger volumes by the European Commission) is set based on the domestic consumption and import data between 2017 and 2019.  

The periods the import tariff quota are in force for vary depending on the subject good. Each good has its own application period. Compared to the previous year's application period (see related state act) the quota was increased. More specifically:

  • For the period 1 June to 30 September 2021, the quota for tomatoes (HS code 0702.00.00) was increased from 54,848 to 59,963 tonnes (the quota was also increased on tomatoes for the following period, see related intervention)
  • For the period 1 May to 31 October 2021, the quota for cucumbers (HS code 0707.00.05) was increased from 62,171 to 101,375 tonnes (the following period the quota on cucumbers was decreased, see related intervention)
  • For the period 1 November 2021 to 30 June 2022, the quota for artichokes (HS code 0709.91.10) was increased from 8,244 to 11,740 tonnes
  • For the period 1 January to 31 December 2021, the quota for courgettes (HS code 0709.93.10) was increased from 94,081 to 110,966 tonnes
  •  For the period 1 November 2021 to 28 February 2022, the quota for mandarins, wilkings and similar citrus hybrids (HS code 0805.21 and 0805.29.00) was increased from 96,897 to 178,921 tonnes
  • For the period 1 January to 31 August 2021, the quota for apples (HS code 0808.10.80) was increased from 595,028 to 1,021,853 tonnes (the following period the quota on apples was decreased, see related intervention)
  • For the period 1 June to 31 July 2021, the quota for apricots was increased from 7,166 to 54,488 tonnes
  • For the period 16 June to 30 September 2021, the quota for peaches (HS code 0809.30) was increased from 3,482 to 204,899 tonnes 

Notably, tomatoes, apples and cucumbers contain two import tariff quota periods set in Regulation (EU) 2020/1733, see related interventions. The import tariff quota on other fruit and vegetables was decreased compared to the previous period and year, see related state act. 

The mechanism was been in force since 2018 and is introduced every year for the same periods. The rules governing the additional import duty on certain fruit and vegetables are introduced by Regulation (EU) 2017/892 published on 25 May 2017.

Inception date: 01 Jan 2021 | Removal date: 31 May 2022

Import tariff quota

On 20 November 2020, the European Commission issued Regulation (EU) 2020/1733 introducing a temporary import tariff quota on certain fruit and vegetables. For imports exceeding the set quota, an additional duty is imposed on the subject goods, see related intervention. 

The periods the import tariff quota are in force vary depending on the subject good. Each good has its own application period. Compared to the previous year's application period (see related state act) the quota was decreased. More specifically:

  • For the period 1 December 2021 to 31 May 2022, the quota for oranges (HS code 0805.10.22, 0805.10.24 and 0805.10.28) was decreased from 466,660 to 421,265
  • For the period 1 November 2021 to 28 February 2022, the quota for clementines (HS code 0805.22.00) was decreased from 241,919 to 83,002 tonnes
  • For the period from 1 January to 31 May 2021, the quota for lemons (HS code 0805.50.10) was decreased from 351,591 to 147,143 (the following period the quota on lemons was also decreased, see related intervention)
  • For the period from 16 July to 16 November 2021, the quota for table grapes (HS code 0805.10.10) was decreased from 214,307 to 72,065 tonnes
  • For the period 1 January to 30 April 2021, the quota for pears (HS code 0808.30.90) was decreased from 141,496 to 136,876
  • For the period 16 May to 15 August 2021, the quota for cherries other than sour (HS code 0809.29.00) was decreased from 104,573 to 34,052
  • For the period 16 June to 30 September 2021, the quota for plums (HS code 0809.40.05) was decreased from 204,681 to 32,563 tonnes
  • For the period 1 November 2021 to 30 April 2022, the quota for cucumbers (HS code 0707.00.05) was decreased from 48,583 to 44,042 tonnes compared to the same period the previous year (the period May to October 2021 the quota on cucumbers was increased, see related intervention)
  • For the period 1 September to 31 December 2021, the quota for apples (HS code 0808.10.80) was decreased from 1,154,623 to 44,819 tonnes compared to the same period the previous year (the period January to August 2021 the quota on apples was increased, see related intervention) 

In-quota imports are not subject to additional duties, however, normal Common Customs Tariffs are not exempt. The import tariff quota (also known as trigger volumes by the European Commission) is set based on the domestic consumption and import data between 2017 and 2019. Notably, lemons, pears and cucumbers contain two import tariff quota periods in Regulation (EU) 2020/1733, see related interventions. 

The mechanism has been in force since 2018 and is introduced every year for the same application periods. The rules governing the additional import duty on certain fruit and vegetables are introduced by Regulation (EU) 2017/892 published on 25 May 2017.

Inception date: 01 Oct 2021 | Removal date: 31 May 2022

Import tariff quota

On 20 November 2020, the European Commission introduced a temporary import tariff quota on tomatoes. For imports exceeding the set quota, an additional duty is imposed, see related intervention. In-quota imports are not subject to additional duties, however, normal Common Customs Tariffs are not exempt. 

For the period 1 October 2021 to 31 May 2022, the quota for tomatoes (HS code 0702.00.00) was increased from 578,315 to 580,556 tonnes compared to the same period the previous year i.e. 1 October 2020 to 31 May 2021, see related state act. Notably, the quota was also increased on tomatoes for the period June to September 2021, see related intervention.

The import tariff quota (also known as trigger volumes by the European Commission) is set based on the domestic consumption and import data between 2017 and 2019. The mechanism has been in force since 2018 and is introduced every year for the same periods. The rules governing the additional import duty on certain fruit and vegetables are introduced by Regulation (EU) 2017/892 published on 25 May 2017.

Inception date: 01 Jun 2021 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2021

Import tariff quota

On 20 November 2020, the European Commission introduced a temporary import tariff quota on pears and lemons. For imports exceeding the set quota, an additional duty is imposed on these goods, see related intervention. In-quota imports are not subject to additional duties, however, normal Common Customs Tariffs are not exempt. More specifically, compared to the previous period (i.e. June/July until December 2020 - see related state act) the import tariff quota was decreased:

  • On lemons (HS code 0805.50.10) from 621,073 to 332,890 tonnes for the period 1 June to 31 December 2021
  • On pears (HS code 0808.30.90) from 106,940 to 19,527 tonnes for the period 1 July to 31 December 2021 

The import tariff quota (also known as trigger volumes by the European Commission) is set based on the domestic consumption and import data between 2017 and 2019. The mechanism was in force since 2018 and is introduced every year for the same periods. The rules governing the additional import duty on certain fruit and vegetables are introduced by Regulation (EU) 2017/892 published on 25 May 2017.