Commission publishes EU Common Customs Tariff for 2013

On 31 October 2012, the EU Commission published the Common Customs Tariff (CCT) applicable from 1 January 2013 in Regulation 927/2012. This new version of the CCT contains certain amendments in relation to statistical, commercial policy and other requirements.

Nomenclature Committee

(a) Mechanical/Miscellaneous Sector

The report of the 93rd meeting of the Mechanical/Miscellaneous Sector of the Nomenclature Committee has recently been made available. During that meeting, the Committee delivered favourable opinions on draft classification regulations with respect to party-poker sets, crawler carriers, water-proof plywood, multi-switches, electronic hot-air-blowing guns, load cells, PIR detectors, audio-video players with reception apparatus for radio-broadcasting, steel wire clamps, Universal Dual Port Car Chargers, USB cables and CCD sensors. The Committee also delivered a favourable opinion on the draft Combined Nomenclature Explanatory Notes (CNENs) to subheading 8504 40 30 (static converters of a kind used with telecommunication apparatus, automatic data-processing machines and units thereof).

The Committee further discussed the classification of manual knife sharpeners placed on a supporting surface during grinding.  

The existence of divergent Binding Tariff Information (BTI) within the EU with respect to fireside companion sets and fun massagers was also discussed. The Committee further concluded that DG Taxud should present a draft regulation regarding the classification of a body composition analyser of the household type with analysing and weighing functions under heading 8423, while the classification of such analysers for professional use will be studied further. The Committee also supported a draft classification regulation classifying connector parts and discussed the classification of antistress balls and anti-stress toys, metal boxes for champagne bottles, and wood-composite decking boards.

The Commission furthermore presented a working document proposing the introduction of a duty free CN code in subheading 8528 59 for flat panel displays able to display signals from ADP machines with an acceptable level of functionality.  

(b) HS/WCO Coordination

The report of the 92nd meeting of the HS/WCO Coordination sector of the Nomenclature Committee of 10-12 September 2012 has been made available. During that meeting the Committee discussed the EU’s position for the 50th meeting of the HS Committee of the WCO. The Committee also discussed the draft note on a possible amendment of Chapter 84 (machine tools). It further concluded that there is a divergence – and possible misalignment of the English and French version – between Note 1(a) to Section XVI (Chapters 84-85) and an Explanatory Note to heading 84.87 (Machinery parts, not containing electrical connectors, insulators, coils, contacts or other electrical features, not specified or included elsewhere in this chapter) with respect to the classification of oil seal rings.

The Committee decided that the Notes of Chapter 96 and the Explanatory Notes to heading 96.19 (hygienic products) did not require a further amendment given that the current legal provisions were considered satisfactory, and decided to keep the status quo. The Committee, in line with the opinions of the CN and Agricultural/Chemical sectors, also decided to accept the proposal to amend the heading 25.01 (Salt (including table salt and denatured salt) and pure sodium chloride, whether or not in aqueous solution or containing added anti-caking or free-flowing agents; sea water).  

The Committee further expressed its interest in a possible amendment to headings 69.07 and 69.08 (ceramic tiles).

(c) Agriculture/Chemical Sector

The report of the 94th meeting of the Agriculture/Chemical sector of the Nomenclature Committee has also been made available. The Committee adopted a favourable opinion on, inter alia, draft Regulations classifying cleansing wipes under subheadings 3307 90 00 and 3401 11 00. The Committee also examined the tariff classification of, among other products, soy protein concentrates used in animal feeding, food supplements, mixtures of ethyl alcohol and ETBE, and a heavy mineral oil named VGO. The Committee rejected a possible amendment to heading 39.01 (linear low-density polyethylene, LLDPE).

The Committee further discussed certain classification regulations relating to Chapters 27 (Mineral Fuels, Mineral Oils and Products of their Distillation; Bituminous Substances; Mineral Waxes) and 38 (Miscellaneous Chemical Products), the tariff classification of granules consisting of calcium carbonate and starch, human recombinant laminin, and concentrates used for the production of anti-freezing preparations.