EU Customs Practice Group - March 2013


In This Issue:


- Recast MCC/UCC developments


- Update on duty suspensions/tariff quotas

- GSP Regime Developments

- Commission amends list of biological or chemical substances subject to duty relief

- FTA Update

- Imports from Peru start to enjoy benefits under EU-Andean FTA


- Classification Regulations

- CN Explanatory Notes

- Nomenclature Committee Developments


- Origin Committee developments

- Updated list of relevant postal codes for EU importers of goods from Israel


- EU-Canada agreement on customs cooperation on supply chain security

- Civil aviation - known consignor regime amendment


- Status on customs enforcement of IPRs

- EU Commission Communication on smart regulation

- WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

- General Court annuls Commission Decision rejecting the repayment of import duties

- Excerpt from Status on customs enforcement of IPRs:

On 11 March 2013, the EU Member States reached political agreement in the Council on a draft regulation providing for simplified procedures for customs action with regard to intellectual property rights (IPRs) enforcement. This new regulation will allow for the destruction of certain goods without formal and legal proceedings, and in certain cases without the agreement of the owner if certain conditions are fulfilled. A specific procedure allowing for the destruction of seized goods without the involvement of the right-holder will also apply for small consignments. The draft regulation further foresees customs intervention for other types of infringements not covered by the current EU rules, such as trade names and certain protected models and designs. It is expected to be formally adopted in the coming months, to allow for entry into force from 1 January 2014.

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