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Special conditions governing the import of food from Japan - update

After the first measures adopted by the Member States (see our article), in the Official Journal of the European Union n. 80 of 26 March 2011 the Implementing Regulation N. 297/2011 of the European Commission of 25 March 2011, establishes harmonized conditions governing the import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear in Japan. The new Regulation applies to the food products referred to in art. 1, par. 2, of Regulation No 3954/87 (products which are intended for human consumption either immediately or after processing and products which are intended only for animal nutrition), originating in or consigned from Japan, with the exclusion of those products which left Japan before 28 March 2011 and of the ones which have been harvested and/or processed before 11 March 2011.

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AEO: guidelines for multimationals and large companies

The General Directorate TAXUD of the European Commission has recently published new Guidelines on eligibility conditions for an AEO and the procedure to be followed in case of multinational companies and large businesses. The guidelines remind to the operators that in order to obtain the AEO status the establishment within the customs territory of the EU is needed, except in the cases referred to in article 14g of the Implementing provisions to the Community Customs Code. A parent company established in a third Country, will be therefore admitted to submit a demand in the name of its branches if it is established within the UE by virtue of the presence of a stable organisation here.

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Controls on import of food and feed from Japan

Following up the nuclear accident to the Fukushima plant in Japan, the Italian Ministry of Health has adopted an order that urges BIPs (Border Inspection Posts) and USMAFs (Offices of Maritime, Air and Border Sanitation) to tighten controls at the frontiers with regard to the products of both animal and not animal origin originating from the areas located in proximity of the nuclear reactor. Such order establishes that these products can be imported only if accompanied by documents prooving that their production and packaging have been carried out before the 11 March 2011. If this condition is missing, or in the case of food products manufactured after the 11 March 2011, the above offices will temporary block the importation, taking a sample of the goods, to be sent to laboratory for analisys, whose results must certify that they do not exceed the minimal levels of radioactivity. Similar provisions have been adopted by other EU member States, like France and Belgium.

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Management of the system of veterinary checks for meat imports, special report of the EU Court of Auditors

With the Special report No 14/2010, the European Court of Auditors examines the changes introduced in the Community legislation in the hygiene sector starting from the year 2004, in particular analysing  the efficiency of the veterinary checks on imports of meet and meet products conducted by the EU Commission.

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Provisional anti-dumping duty imposed on import of Chinese ceramic flags and paving

The UE Regulation No 258/2011 of the European Commission of 16 March 2011 imposes a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of glazed and unglazed ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; glazed and unglazed ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing, originating in the People’s Republic of China, currently falling within CN codes 6907 10 00, 6907 90 20, 6907 90 80, 6908 10 00, 6908 90 11, 6908 90 20, 6908 90 31, 6908 90 51, 6908 90 91, 6908 90 93 and 6908 90 99. The ordinary anti-dumping duty rate is 73%, but reduced rates are foreseen for the companies listed to the art. 1 of the Regulation. In order to benefit from the reduced rates, goods falling within the above mentioned NC codes must be accompanied by an invoice compliant with the requirements set forth in the Annex II of the Regulation.

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