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New EU customs action plan to combat IPR infringements: amendments to the Regulation (EC) n. 1383/2003 to the horizon

The Council Resolution of 16 March 2009, approving the EU customs action plan to combat IPR infringements for the years 2009 to 2012 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union C 71 of 25.3.2009.

Resolutions fall within a particular category of Community acts, other than Regulations, Directives and Decisions, whose characteristic is that they are not legally binding for their recipients. Nowithstanding this, they contibute to the fulfilment of the European Union objectives. Resolutions (as well as Recomandations, White Books, Green Books, programmes of action, Framework programmes and Communications), play therefore an important role of guidance, impulse and stimulus to the member States.

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Dimethylfumarate (DMF) imports banned in the EU

The European Commission, with Decision EC/2009/251 of 17 March 2009 published in the Official Journal of the EU L 4 of 20/03/2009, requires member States to guarantee that products containing the biocide "dimethylfumarate" (DMF) will not be placed or made available on the Community market. Such a substance is normally inserted in small packs bearing the wording “silica gel”, and placed inside furniture or footwear. The DMF evaporates and penetrates leather, so preventing moulds. As some tests have proved that this product can cause acute irritations and dermatitis, as well as respiratory troubles to consumers, on 29 January 2009, the EU member States voted a project of Decision to be approved by the European Commission, aimed to assure that consumer products, and particularly footwear and leather products (e.g. armchairs), containing such a substance will not be placed on the EU market.

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E-customs: the Customs Agency recaps the european strategy and illustrates the future scenario for the implementation of the program

With a special communiquè published on its web site, the CustomsAgency anticipates the new elements that will be soonly introduced by several Community regolulations which fall within the so-called "e-customs" project, among which the Regulation establishing the ’EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification), that will published in the next daysin the Official Journal of the European Union.

Such a system, embedded in a Commission proposal (doc. TAXUD/1725/2008) that will shorly converted in an EC Regulation, provides the institution at Community level of a database of operators (both natural and moral persons) performing transnational operations at Community level and that, as such, need to enter into contact with customs.

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Antidumping duty on imports from the PRC and Thailand of certain plastic sacs and bags, amendments to the Reg. (EC) n. 1425/2006

The Council Regulation (EC) n. 189/2009 of 9 March 2009 introduces further changes to the Regulation (EC) n. 1425/2006 (already amended by Regulations (EC) n. 1356/2007 and n. 249/2008), imposing an antidumping duty on imports of certain plastic sacs and bags originating in the Popular Republic of China and in Thailand and containing at least 20% by weight of polyethylene and of sheeting of a thickness not exceeding 100 micrometres (μm), falling within the following CN codes:

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L’interpello non è impugnabile in sede giurisdizionale

L’Agenzia delle Entrate, con la circolare n. 7/E del 3 marzo 2009, detta alcuni chiarimenti sulla natura delle risposte fornite dall’amministrazione finanziaria alle istanze di interpello presentate dai contribuenti, specificando in particolare che si tratta di atti amministrativi non provvedimentali. Tale tipologia di atto, come noto, assolve funzioni solo strumentali (accessorie o secondarie) rispetto ai provvedimenti amministrativi, dei quali non possiede i caratteri tipici, ovvero:

  • l’autoritarietà (ossia la capacità di apportare una modificazione unilaterale nella sfera giuridica dei destinatari);
  • l’esecutività (l’attitudine a produrre automaticamente ed immediatamente i propri effetti);
  • l’esecutorietà (la capacità di imporre coattivamente l’adempimento degli obblighi in essi contenuti).


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