ANNOUNCEMENT 29 May 2012In May 2012, the European Commission announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
European Commission. (2012). Regulation No. 450/2012. Available at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32012R0450&rid=101
European Commission. (2012). Regulation No. 543/2011. Available at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:157:0001:0163:EN:PDF
On 29 May 2012, the European Commission issued Regulation 450/2012, amending Regulation 543/2011 and adjusting the trigger levels fortomatoes, apricots, lemons, plums, peaches, pears and table grapes. The measure entered into force on 1 June 2012
The trigger level defines the preferential import tariff quota. Imports above the trigger level will be subject to additional duties. Therefore, an increase in the trigger level is seen as an indirect decrease in the import duties, while a decrease in the trigger level represents an augmentation in the import duties.
The trigger level has been decreased in the case of artichokes, table grapes, pears, apricots, peaches and plums. They have been increased for tomatoes and lemons.
The stated measure includes liberalising and restrictive aspects. It is therefore classified as "amber".
With the introduction of regulation 781/2012, 353/2013 and 979/2013, all tariff quotas have been amended. This measure is therefore suspended with the entry into force of Regulation 979/2013 on 12 October 2013.