5 August 2014

Did You Know? Issue 189

 5th August 2014

1. Notice 232 Customs Warehousing: 2. Amendment to OGEL to cover some 5A002.a.1: 3. GSP Updates: 4. EU expands sanctions against Syria:  5. Sanctions on Iran – Negotiations continue: 6. EU EPA with Fiji concluded:  7. EU EPA with SADC: 8. The ’Green Goods Initiative’:
1. Notice 232 Customs Warehousing has been updated to include the following changes:
•           the temporary removal procedure as advised in CIP (13) 22
•           the addition of items 14a and 14b to the usual forms of handling
•           clarification to the 2 copy/3 copy SAD procedure
•           changes to HMRC contact details
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2. Amendment to OGEL to cover some 5A002.a. items and 5D002 software:
Enterprise level servers, general purpose single board computers and similar general purpose computing devices - the devices included in Schedule 1 are specified by 5A002a1 and the cryptographic functionality is limited to any of the following:
• remote management of the device
• embedded in a CPU which meets the requirements of Note3: Cryptography Note
• contained within an OS which meets the requirement of Note 3: Cryptography Note or is "in the public domain"
Network switches and relays - the devices included in the amendment are specified by 5A002a1 and the cryptographic functionality is limited to remote management of the device.  Read amended licence
3. GSP Updates
  • GSP now focused on 88 countries (49 LDCs)
  • GSP+ granted to 13 applicants
  • Revised product exclusion list now applies
  • 2015 – the following countries will lose GSP Status: China, Thailand, Ecuador and Maldives. Turkmenistan will be removed from GSP in 2016.
  • Also, countries now having EU Free Trade Agreements will be removed from GSP so there is no confusion which agreement to use.
4. EU expands sanctions against Syria:  Foreign ministers of the European Union have expanded sanctions against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  Three individuals and nine companies have been added to the sanctions list ‘due to their involvement in the violent repression of the civilian population or their support to the regime,’ a statement said. The sanctions will include an asset freeze and a ban on entering the EU and bring the total number of blacklisted Syrian companies to 62 and of sanctioned individuals to 192.  In May, the EU extended existing sanctions, including an oil embargo and asset freezes against allies of President Bashar al-Assad against Syria, for a further year.  A number of legal challenges have led European courts to drop restrictions on several people and entities.
5. Sanctions on Iran – Negotiations continue: The EU announced in January 2014 some amendments to the EU Sanctions on Iran (Council Regulation 2014/42/EU) which means some sanctions were suspended for a period of 6 months until July 2014 and they also increase the authorisation thresholds in relations to the transfers of funds to and from Iran. In July the European Union agreed to extend its suspension of those sanctions against Iran as negotiations continue on a comprehensive deal restricting the Islamic republic's nuclear program for a further 4 months.
Came into force UK February 2014
Extant until 24 November 2014
6. EU EPA with Fiji concluded:  The Government of Fiji notified the European Union yesterday of its decision to apply the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union. The interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Fiji is therefore ready for implementation.  The EPA provides for free access into the EU for all products from the countries concerned. In the Pacific region, Papua New Guinea has already ratified this agreement and implementation is on-going.  The interim Economic Partnership Agreement provides for duty-free quota-free market access into the EU for all exports originating from Fiji and Papua New Guinea. For its part, Fiji will gradually open its market to European exports over a transitional period until 2023, with the exception of some agricultural and industrial sensitive products. In addition, the Agreement contains provisions on trade defence instruments, dispute settlement and sustainable development principles. This agreement is a negotiated and lasting framework for trade relations between the EU, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. This agreement is also open to other Pacific ACP States that wish to join.  In the Pacific, Fiji is the second-largest trading partner of the EU. The main EU exports are electrical machinery and equipment. Fiji's main exports to the EU are raw cane sugar, other agricultural products and fish.
7. EU EPA with Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA Group concluded: The agreement takes into account the differences in the level of development between the EU and its African partners. It will open a long-term perspective of duty- and, quota-free access to the EU market for products from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland, while South Africa will trade with the EU on the basis of improved conditions that build on the existing EU-South Africa Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA). The EU, in turn, will gain improved access to the SADC EPA market, particularly in the field of agriculture.  Read More
8. The ’Green Goods Initiative’: In July 2014 the EU and 13 other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched negotiations to liberalise global trade in environmental goods and services. This ’green goods initiative’ aims to remove barriers to trade and investment in ’green’ goods, which are defined as products, services and technologies that contribute to green growth, environmental protection, climate action and sustainable development by:
  • helping clean the air and water
  • helping manage waste
  • being energy efficient
  • controlling air pollution
  • helping generate renewable energy like solar, wind, or hydroelectric
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