In September 2012, the European Commission published a report on the first phase of the exercise to monitor the issuing of Binding Tariff Information (BTI) and the application of the relevant legal EU provisions in the EU Member States covering the years 2007 and 2008.

The main inconsistencies identified in this report relate to the uploading of BTI applications in the database, the notification of receipt of applications and samples, and the attachment of images and keywords to issued BTI. The report makes about 40 recommendations to the Member States in 11 areas, ranging from general recommendations on staffing, as well as on reducing socalled “BTI shopping”, and the role of customs laboratories.