On 15 June 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Decision (EU) 2017/1003 of 13 June 2017 on the duty-free importation of goods intended to be distributed or made available free of charge to victims of the earthquake which occurred in Italy in August and October 2016 (notified under document C(2017) 3865). The Decision permits the duty-free admission of goods imported for release for free circulation by State bodies or by organizations approved by competent Italian authorities where the goods are intended for distribution free of charge to the victims of the earthquake which occurred in Italy in 2016 when they are, or the goods made available to those victims free of charge while the goods remain the property of the organisations in question. The goods must satisfy the requirements laid down in Articles 75, 78 and 79 of Regulation (EC) No 1186/2009
Goods shall also be admitted duty-free within the meaning of Article 2(1)(a) of Regulation (EC) No 1186/2009 where they are imported for release for free circulation by disaster relief agencies in order to meet their needs during the period of providing disaster relief to the victims of the earthquakes which occurred in Italy in 2016.
The provisions shall apply to importations made from 24 August 2016 to 30 June 2017.