Elimination or reduction of the tariff duties on certain codes of the Combined Nomenclature

By signing the Agreement on Information Technology (“ATI”), the European Union granted tariff concessions for products used in the Information Technology industry.

By the EU Decision no. 971/2016, ATI agreement has been extended to a wider range of products. In this regard, the Combined Nomenclature (“CN”) was amended in order to create new tariff codes (8 digits) or additional codes (10 digits) for products for which customs duties have been reduced / eliminated.

Through the amendments on the CN, we mention:
– Inks (3215)
– Adhesives (3506);
– Chemical preparations (3701, 3707, 3907);
– Plates, sheets, film, foil and strip, of plastics, non-cellular and not reinforced, laminated (3919 90 00);
– Textile products and articles, for technical uses (5911 90 90)
– Products from Chapter 84 (vacuum pumps, fans, centrifugal machines,machines for manufacture of semiconductor devices or electronic integrated circuits etc.);
– Photographic or cinematographic goods (Chapter 37);
– Products from Chapter 85 (telescopic antennas, microphones, speakers,
– headphones and amplifiers, television cameras, digital cameras and camcorders, cameras, navigation appliances, arrays, signal generators, brazing or welding machines and apparatus);
– Products from Chapter 90 (optical elements, equipment for medical, surgical, dental or veterinary radiography or radiotherapy apparatus, density meters, thermometers, barometers, hygrometers and psychrometers etc.).

What does it mean for you?

If you import goods from IT area, you should classify your products to the correct additional code in order to benefit from reduction / exemption of customs duties.

To avoid administrative and operational inconvenience (e.g. delays in customs clearance), we recommend you to analyse in advance the tariff classification of your products.

Pieter Wessel

Mihai Petre