In December 2011, the European Commission announced a change in import tariff quotas.



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Inception date: 01 Jan 2012 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff quota

On 8 December 2011, the European Commission issued Regulation (EU) No 1273/2011 introducing a global tariff quota on imports of certain rice and broken rice.

More specifically, the following global reduced tariff quotas are annually issued from 1 January every year:

  • 63,000 tonnes of wholly milled or semi-milled rice falling under HS code subheading 1006.30 with a reduced tariff level of 0% duty
  • 100,000 tonnes of broken rice falling under HS code subheading 1006.40.00 with a "reduction of 30,77 % in the duty fixed in Article 140 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 (11)"
  • 1 634 tonnes of husked rice falling under HS code subheading 1006.20 with a reduced tariff level of ad valorem duty 15% duty
  • 40,216 tonnes of wholly milled or semi-milled rice falling under HS code subheading 1006.30 with a reduced tariff level of 0% duty
  • 31,788 tonnes of  broken rice falling under HS code subheading 1006.40 with a reduced tariff level of ad valorem duty 0% duty

These quotas are divided into country-specific import tariff quotas and further broken down into a number of subperiods. Additionally, an annual quota from 1 January of every year of seven tonnes of paddy ride falling under Hs code subheading 1006.10 is granted a reduced tariff of ad valorem 15%.

The import tariff quota is granted under an import licensing system. In 2013, the European Commission issued a regulation further specifying the import licensing system under the import tariff quota regime concerning rice. The resolution introducing the import tariff quota entered into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, i.e. on 28 December 2011. However, the import tariff quotas are effectively introduced on 1 January 2012.