EUR-Lex Access to European Union law

Back to EUR-Lex homepage

This document is an excerpt from the EUR-Lex website

Document 32020R1706

Council Regulation (EU) 2020/1706 of 13 November 2020 opening and providing for the management of autonomous Union tariff quotas for certain fishery products for the 2021–2023 period

OJ L 385, 17.11.2020, p. 3–10 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2020/1706/oj

17.11.2020   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 385/3


COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) 2020/1706

of 13 November 2020

opening and providing for the management of autonomous Union tariff quotas for certain fishery products for the 2021–2023 period

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 31 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

Union supplies of certain fishery products currently depend on imports from third countries. In recent decades, the Union has become more dependent on imports to meet its demand for fishery products. In order to ensure that the Union’s production of fishery products is not jeopardised and that there is an adequate supply of fishery products to its processing industry, import duties should be suspended or reduced for a number of fishery products within tariff quotas of an appropriate volume. To ensure fair competition between imported fishery products and Union fishery products on the Union market, the impact of the measures on the competitiveness of Union fish producers, should also be taken into consideration.

(2)

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1977 (1) opened and provided for the management of autonomous Union tariff quotas for certain fishery products for the 2019–2020 period. Given that the period of application of that Regulation expires on 31 December 2020, a new regulation providing for tariff quotas should be adopted for the 2021–2023 period.

(3)

All Union importers should benefit from equal and uninterrupted access to the tariff quotas provided for in this Regulation, and the rates set out for the tariff quotas should be applied without interruption to all imports of the fishery products concerned into all Member States until the tariff quotas have been used up.

(4)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 (2) provides for a system of tariff-quota management, which follows the chronological order of the dates on which the custom declarations for release for free circulation were accepted. The tariff quotas opened by this Regulation should be managed by the Commission and the Member States in accordance with that system.

(5)

It is important to ensure transparency, predictability and legal certainty for all stakeholders. Since the tariff quotas are intended to ensure the adequate supply of fishery products to the Union’s processing industry, a minimum level of treatment or operation should be required for quota entitlement.

(6)

To ensure that the tariff quotas are managed in an efficient way, Member States should be allowed to draw from the tariff quota amount the necessary quantities corresponding to their actual imports. Since that method of management requires close cooperation between the Member States and the Commission, the Commission should be able to monitor the rate at which the tariff quotas are used up and should inform the Member States accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Import duties on the products listed in the Annex shall be suspended or reduced to fall within the tariff quotas at the rates, for the periods and up to the amounts indicated therein.

Article 2

The tariff quotas referred to in Article 1 of this Regulation shall be managed in accordance with Articles 49 to 54 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447.

Article 3

The tariff quotas shall be subject to end-use customs supervision in accordance with Article 254 of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (3).

Article 4

1.   The suspension or reduction of import duties shall apply only to products intended for human consumption.

2.   The tariff quotas shall not be available for products whose processing is carried out at retail or catering level.

3.   The tariff quotas shall not be available for products intended solely for one or more of the following operations:

(a)

cleaning, gutting, tailing and heading;

(b)

cutting;

(c)

repacking of frozen individually quick-frozen (IQF) fillets;

(d)

sampling and sorting;

(e)

labelling;

(f)

packing;

(g)

chilling;

(h)

freezing;

(i)

deep-freezing;

(j)

defrosting;

(k)

glazing;

(l)

thawing; and

(m)

separation.

4.   Notwithstanding paragraph 3, the tariff quotas shall be available for products intended for one or more of the following operations:

(a)

dicing;

(b)

cutting into rings and cutting into strips for materials under CN codes 0307 43 91, 0307 43 92 and 0307 43 99;

(c)

filleting;

(d)

production of flaps;

(e)

cutting of frozen blocks;

(f)

splitting of frozen interleaved fillet blocks to obtain individual fillets;

(g)

slicing for materials under CN codes ex 0303 66 11, ex 0303 66 12, ex 0303 66 13, ex 0303 66 19, ex 0303 89 70 and ex 0303 89 90;

(h)

treatment by packaging gases as defined in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council (4) for products under CN codes 0306 16 99 (TARIC subdivision 20 and 30), 0306 17 92 (TARIC subdivision 20), 0306 17 99 (TARIC subdivision 10), 0306 35 90 (TARIC subdivisions 12, 14, 92 and 93), 0306 36 90 (TARIC subdivisions 20 and 30), 1605 21 90 (TARIC subdivisions 45, 55 and 62) and 1605 29 00 (TARIC subdivisions 50, 55 and 60); and

(i)

dividing the frozen product or subjecting the frozen product to heat treatment to enable the removal of internal waste material for materials under CN codes 0306 11 10 (TARIC subdivision 10), 0306 11 90 (TARIC subdivision 20) and 0306 31 00 (TARIC subdivision 10).

Article 5

The Commission and the customs authorities of the Member States shall cooperate closely to ensure the proper management and control of the application of this Regulation.

Article 6

This Regulation shall enter into force on the third day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 13 November 2020.

For the Council

The President

M. ROTH


(1)  Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1977 of 11 December 2018 opening and providing for the management of autonomous Union tariff quotas for certain fishery products for the period 2019-2020 (OJ L 317, 14.12.2018, p. 2).

(2)  Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 of 24 November 2015 laying down detailed rules for implementing certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the Union Customs Code (OJ L 343, 29.12.2015, p. 558).

(3)  Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 October 2013 laying down the Union Customs Code (OJ L 269, 10.10.2013, p. 1).

(4)  Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on food additives (OJ L 354, 31.12.2008, p. 16).


ANNEX

Order no

CN code

TARIC code

Description

Annual amount of quota (tonnes) (1)

Quota duty

Quota period

09.2503

ex 0303 39 85

80

Flatfish (Limanda aspera, Lepidopsetta bilineata, Pleuronectes quadrituberculatus, Limanda ferruginea, Lepidopsetta polyxystra), frozen, for processing

7 500

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

09.2504

0302 11 20

 

Trout of the species Oncorhynchus mykiss, with heads and gills on, gutted, weighing more than 1,2 kg each, or with heads off, gilled and gutted, weighing more than 1 kg each

10 000

5 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

09.2505

ex 0303 54 10

95

Chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus), whole, fillets and flaps, for processing

5 000

7,5 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0304 89 49

20

ex 0304 99 99

12

09.2746

ex 0302 89 90

30

Southern red snapper (Lutjanus purpureus), fresh, chilled, for processing

1 500

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

09.2748

ex 0302 91 00

96

Hard fish roes, fresh, chilled or frozen, salted or in brine, for processing

5 700

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0303 91 90

96

ex 0305 20 00

41

09.2750

ex 0305 20 00

35

Hard fish roes, washed, cleaned of adherent organs and simply salted or in brine, for the manufacture of caviar substitutes

1 200

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

09.2754

ex 0303 59 10

10

Anchovies (Engraulis anchoita and Engraulis capensis), frozen, for processing

500

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

09.2759

ex 0302 51 10

20

Cod (Gadus morhua, Gadus ogac, Gadus macrocephalus) and fish of the species Boreogadus saida, excluding livers and roes, fresh, chilled or frozen, for processing

110 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0302 51 90

10

ex 0302 59 10

10

ex 0303 63 10

10

ex 0303 63 30

10

ex 0303 63 90

10

ex 0303 69 10

10

09.2760

ex 0303 66 11

10

Hake (Merluccius spp. excluding Merluccius merluccius, Urophycis spp.), and pink cusk-eel (Genypterus blacodes and Genypterus capensis), frozen, for processing

10 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0303 66 12

10

ex 0303 66 13

10

ex 0303 66 19

11

91

ex 0303 89 70

10

ex 0303 89 90

30

09.2761

ex 0304 79 50

10

Blue grenadier (Macruronus spp.), frozen fillets and other frozen meat, for processing

17 500

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0304 79 90

11

17

ex 0304 95 90

11

17

09.2762

ex 0306 11 10

10

Rock lobster and other sea crawfish (Palinurus spp., Panulirus spp., Jasus spp.), live, chilled, frozen, for processing

200

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0306 11 90

20

ex 0306 31 00

10

09.2765

ex 0305 62 00

20

Cod (Gadus morhua, Gadus ogac, Gadus macrocephalus) and fish of the species Boreogadus saida, salted or in brine, but not dried or smoked, for processing

2 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

25

29

ex 0305 69 10

10

09.2770

ex 0305 63 00

10

Anchovies (Engraulis anchoita), salted or in brine, but not dried or smoked, for processing

1 500

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

09.2772

ex 0304 93 10

10

Surimi, frozen, for processing

60 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0304 94 10

10

ex 0304 95 10

10

ex 0304 99 10

10

09.2774

ex 0304 74 15

10

Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) and Argentine hake (Southwest Atlantic hake) (Merluccius hubbsi), frozen fillets and other meat, for processing

40 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0304 74 19

10

ex 0304 95 50

10

20

09.2776

ex 0304 71 10

10

Cod (Gadus morhua, Gadus macrocephalus), frozen fillets and frozen meat, for processing

50 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0304 71 90

10

ex 0304 95 21

10

ex 0304 95 25

10

09.2777

ex 0303 67 00

10

Alaska pollack (Theragra chalcogramma), frozen, frozen fillets and other frozen meat for processing

340 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0304 75 00

10

ex 0304 94 90

10

09.2778

ex 0304 83 90

21

Flatfish (Limanda aspera, Lepidopsetta bilineata, Pleuronectes quadrituberculatus, Limanda ferruginea, Lepidopsetta polyxystra), frozen fillets and other fish meat, for processing

10 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0304 99 99

65

09.2785

ex 0307 43 91

10

Pod  (2) of squid (Ommastrephes spp. – excluding Todarodes sagittatus (synonym Ommastrephes sagittatus) -, Nototodarus spp., Sepioteuthis spp.) and Illex spp., frozen, with skin and fins, for processing

20 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0307 43 92

10

ex 0307 43 99

21

09.2786

ex 0307 43 91

20

Squid (Ommastrephes spp. – excluding Todarodes sagittatus (synonym Ommastrephes sagittatus) -, Nototodarus spp., Sepioteuthis spp.) and Illex spp., frozen, whole or tentacles and fins, for processing

5 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0307 43 92

20

ex 0307 43 99

29

09.2788

ex 0302 41 00

10

Herrings (Clupea harengus, Clupea pallasii), of a weight exceeding 100 g per piece or flaps of a weight exceeding 80 g per piece, excluding livers and roes, for processing

10 000

0 %

1.10.2021–14.2.2022

1.10.2022–14.2.2023

1.10.2023–31.12.2023

ex 0303 51 00

10

ex 0304 59 50

10

ex 0304 99 23

10

09.2790

ex 1604 14 26

10

Fillets known as ‘loins’ of tunas and skipjack, for processing

35 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 1604 14 36

10

ex 1604 14 46

11

21

92

94

09.2792

ex 1604 12 99

16

Herrings, spiced and/or vinegar-cured, in brine, preserved in barrels of at least 70 kg net drained weight, for processing

5 000

10 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

09.2794

ex 1605 21 90

45

Shrimps and prawns of the species Pandalus borealis, and Pandalus montagui, cooked and peeled, for processing

4 500

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

62

ex 1605 29 00

50

55

09.2798

ex 0306 16 99

20

Shrimps and prawns of the species Pandalus borealis and Pandalus montagui, in shells, fresh, chilled or frozen for processing

2 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

30

ex 0306 35 90

12

14

92

93

09.2800

ex 1605 21 90

55

Shrimps and prawns of the species Pandalus jordani, cooked and peeled, for processing

2 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 1605 29 00

60

09.2802

ex 0306 17 92

20

Shrimps and prawns of the specie Penaeus vannamei and Penaeus monodon, whether in shell or not, fresh, chilled or frozen, not cooked, for processing

48 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0306 36 90

30

09.2804

ex 1605 40 00

40

Crayfish tails of the species Procambarus clarkii, cooked, for processing

2 500

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

09.2821

0307 43 33

 

Squid of the species Loligo pealei, frozen

1 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

09.2822

ex 0303 11 00

20

Pacific salmon of the species Oncorhynchus nerka (sockeye salmon (red salmon)), Oncorhynchus kisutch, Oncorhynchus keta and Oncorhynchus tschawytscha, headed and gutted, and in the form of fillets, frozen, for processing

10 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0303 12 00

20

ex 0304 81 00

20

09.2823

ex 0303 81 15

10

Piked dogfish (Squalus acanthias), whole, fillet and other fish meat, frozen, for processing

2 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0304 88 11

10

ex 0304 96 10

10

09.2824

ex 0302 52 00

10

Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) fresh, chilled or frozen with heads off, gilled and gutted, for processing

3 500

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0303 64 00

10

09.2826

ex 0306 17 99

10

Shrimps and prawns of the specie Pleoticus muelleri, whether in shell or not, fresh, chilled or frozen, for processing

8 000

0 %

1.1.2021–31.12.2023

ex 0306 36 90

20


(1)  Expressed in net weight, unless otherwise stated.

(2)  Body of cephalopod or the squid headless and without tentacle, with skin and fins.


Top