ANNOUNCEMENT 31 May 2011In May 2011, the European Commission announced a change in import tariff quotas.
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On 31 May 2011, the European Commission released regulation 529/2011 introducing new trigger levels for numerous fruits and vegetables.
On 15 June 2011, it further specified the import regime by releasing Regulation 543/2011. According to article 79, the EC introduced 'maximum amounts of support', as a compensation for products that cannot be sold on the open market. Domestic producers thus enjoy a safety net which puts them at an advantage over their non-EU competitors.
Furthermore, according to article 140, the EC introduced trigger levels for a multitude of fruits and vegetables; namely, tomatoes, cucumbers, artichokes, courgettes, oranges, clementines, mandarins, lemons, table grapes, apples, pears, apricots, cherries, peaches and plums. The trigger level defines the preferential import tariff quota. Imports above the trigger level will be subject to additional duties.
The initial trigger levels came into force on 1 June 2011.
The measure is considered to expire when all trigger levels (mentioned in several measures) changed at least one time. Consequently, the measure expired in October 2012 with the Introduction of Regulation 988/2012.