(a) January 2013 Round

The Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quota Regulations for the January 2013 round were adopted on 17 December 2012 and started applying on 1 January 2013. The new Duty Suspensions Regulation 1232/2012 inserts, deletes and amends numerous suspensions. The new Tariff Quota Regulation 1231/2012 replaces the entire list of tariff quotas with an updated version in which certain tariff quotas no longer appear, and retroactively increases the volumes for certain other tariff quotas from 1 July 2012.

(b) July 2013 Round

The deadline for the EU Member States to forward objections against requests for suspensions and quotas filed for the July 2013 round expired on 10 December 2012. 198 dossiers are on the table now. The third meeting of the Economic Tariff Questions Group will take place in the second half of January 2013. Formal proposals from the Commission to the Council will as always follow in the second quarter of 2013.

(c) January 2014 Round

Companies wishing to obtain a suspension or tariff quota in 2014 must ensure to file their application with their Member State sometime in early 2013, depending on the applicable national deadline. The first ETQG meeting on January 2014 round applications will take place in April-May 2013.