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Binding Tariff Information

Report of the first phase of the EBTI monitoring of Member States (2007-2008)

EU customs administrations have been providing Binding Tariff Information to traders for over 20 years.  Following EBTI-3 going into production in 2004 it was decided to undertake visits to all Member States to monitor how BTI decisions are being issued and the relevant legislation is being applied.

The report of the first phasepdf Choose translations of the previous link  of this exercise, covering visits to 14 Member States during 2007 and 2008, is now available.

Goods in transit

Guidelines for goods in transit

The European Commission has developed guidelinespdf Choose translations of the previous link  to provide clarifications on the application of Council Regulation No1383/2003 and its implementing Regulation No1891/2004 with regard to goods in transit through the territory of the EU.

The guidelines address the specific concerns raised by India and Brazil on medicines in genuine transit through the EU which are covered by a patent right in the EU. They also take account of the findings of the Court of Justice of the EU in its judgment of 1 December 2011 related to joined cases C-446/09 and C-495/09 (Philips/Nokia).

The guidelines are available in 22 languages.


Product Safety

Customs activities for product safety

The most effective way to avoid the placing of unsafe or not conforming products imported from third countries on the EU market is to carry out adequate checks during the import control process. This requires involvement of customs and proper cooperation between Customs and Market Surveillance authorities.
Therefore, Guidelines for import controlspdf(70 kB) Choose translations of the previous link   in the area of product safety and compliance have been developed in 22 languages as a tool to help Customs to facilitate this task and to ensure a common approach at EU level. See the positive listpdf(139 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  and negative listpdf(36 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  of specific pieces of legislation. The Finnish version will be available later.


Customs duty on imports of aluminium

Information Note from the Commission

Maintaining the autonomous custom duty suspension of 3% currently applicable on unwrought not alloyed aluminium, under Regulation 501/2007, is the most appropriate response to the current and very specific situation in the aluminium market. See the Information Notepdf(13 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .