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Document 32018R0886

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/886 of 20 June 2018 on certain commercial policy measures concerning certain products originating in the United States of America and amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724

C/2018/3951

OJ L 158, 21.6.2018, p. 5–18 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2018/886/oj

21.6.2018   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 158/5


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2018/886

of 20 June 2018

on certain commercial policy measures concerning certain products originating in the United States of America and amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 654/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 concerning the exercise of the Union's rights for the application and enforcement of international trade rules (1), and in particular Article 4(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724 (2) mandated the Commission to give written notice, no later than 18 May 2018, to the World Trade Organization (‘WTO’) Council for Trade in Goods that, absent disapproval by the Council for Trade in Goods, the Union suspends the application to the trade of the United States of America (‘United States’) of import duty concessions under the GATT 1994 in respect of the products listed in Annex I and Annex II to that Regulation, so as to allow for an application of additional customs duties on the importation of these products originating in the United States.

(2)

On 18 May 2018 the Commission gave the above written notice and the WTO Council for Trade in Goods did not disapprove within 30 days. The Union thereby suspended, in the WTO, the application of import duty concessions to the trade with the United States under GATT 1994 in respect of these products.

(3)

On 8 March 2018 the United States adopted safeguard measures in the form of a tariff increase on imports of certain steel and aluminium products, effective from 23 March 2018 and with an unlimited duration. After two deferrals of the effective date of the tariff increase with respect to the European Union, the tariff increase became effective with respect to the European Union on 1 June 2018, with an unlimited duration.

(4)

Consequently, having regard to Article 2 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724, the Commission should impose additional customs duties on the products listed in Annex I and Annex II, as set out in recitals 6 and 12 to 15 of that Regulation, and having regard to the modalities set out in recitals 7 and 16 to 19 of that Regulation, and reflecting the timing requirements as set out in recital 5 of that Regulation, to the effect that:

(a)

the additional ad valorem duties of a rate of 10 % and 25 % on imports of the products listed in Annex I, should be applied from the date of entry into force of this Regulation and until the United States ceases to apply its safeguard measures to products from the Union;

(b)

the additional ad valorem duties of a rate of 10 %, 25 %, 35 % and 50 % on imports of the products listed in Annex II, should be applied from 1 June 2021 or upon the adoption by, or notification to, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body of a ruling that the United States' safeguard measures are inconsistent with the relevant provisions of the WTO Agreement, if that is earlier, until the United States ceases to apply its safeguard measures to the Union.

(5)

Due to a clerical error, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724 should be amended. The clerical error concerns the maximum additional duty for CN 9504 40 00 in Annex I, which should be 10 % instead of 25 %. Recital 12, Article 2(a) and Annex I of that Regulation should be amended accordingly. The products and level of additional duties listed in Annex I and Annex II are identical in Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724, as amended, and this Regulation.

(6)

This Regulation is without prejudice to the question of the consistency of the United States' safeguard measures with the relevant provisions of the WTO Agreement.

(7)

The Commission may amend this Regulation, should it deem that appropriate, to account for any modification of or amendment to the United States' safeguard measures, including through product or company exclusion.

(8)

Article 4 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724 provides that products listed in the Annexes to that Regulation for which an import licence with an exemption from or a reduction of duty has been issued prior to the date of entry into force of that Regulation shall not be subject to additional duty. That Regulation also provides that products listed in the Annexes to that Regulation for which the importers can prove that they have been exported from the United States to the Union prior to the date on which an additional duty is applied with respect to that product shall not be subject to the additional duty.

(9)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Trade Barriers Committee, established by Regulation (EU) 2015/1843 of the European Parliament and of the Council (3),

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

The Union shall apply additional customs duties on imports into the Union of the products listed in Annex I and Annex II to this Regulation and originating in the United States of America (‘United States’).

Article 2

The application of additional customs duties on these products shall be as follows:

(a)

at the first stage, additional ad valorem duty of a rate of 10 % and 25 % shall be applied on imports of products listed in Annex I, as specified therein, from the date of entry into force of this Regulation;

(b)

at the second stage, further additional ad valorem duty of a rate of 10 %, 25 %, 35 % and 50 % shall be applied on imports of products listed in Annex II as specified therein:

from 1 June 2021, or

from the fifth day following the date of the adoption by, or notification to, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body of a ruling that the United States' safeguard measures are inconsistent with the relevant provisions of the WTO Agreement, if that is earlier. In the latter event, the Commission shall publish in the Official Journal of the European Union a notice indicating the date on which such ruling is adopted or notified.

Article 3

Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724 is amended as follows:

(1)

recital 12 is replaced by the following:

‘Reflecting the timing requirements described in recital 5, the additional customs duties should apply, if necessary or to the extent necessary, in two stages. At the first stage, ad valorem duties of a maximum rate of 10 % and 25 % on imports of the products listed in Annex I, may be applied immediately and until the United States ceases to apply its safeguard measures to products from the Union.’;

(2)

in Article 2, paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

‘At the first stage, additional ad valorem duty of a maximum rate of 10 % and 25 % shall be applied on imports of products listed in Annex I from 20 June 2018’;

(3)

in Annex I, the additional duty for CN 9504 40 00 is amended as follows:

‘25 %’ is replaced by ‘10 %’.

Article 4

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

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

Done at Brussels, 20 June 2018.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER


(1)  Regulation (EU) No 654/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 concerning the exercise of the Union's rights for the application and enforcement of international trade rules and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 3286/94 laying down Community procedures in the field of the common commercial policy in order to ensure the exercise of the Community's rights under international trade rules, in particular those established under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (OJ L 189, 27.6.2014, p. 50).

(2)  Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/724 of 16 May 2018 on certain commercial policy measures concerning certain products originating in the United States of America (OJ L 122, 17.5.2018, p. 14).

(3)  Regulation (EU) 2015/1843 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 October 2015 laying down Union procedures in the field of the common commercial policy in order to ensure the exercise of the Union's rights under international trade rules, in particular those established under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (codification) (OJ L 272, 16.10.2015, p. 1).


ANNEX I

Products subject to additional duties at the first stage

CN 2018 (1)

Additional duty

0710 40 00

25 %

0711 90 30

25 %

0713 33 90

25 %

1005 90 00

25 %

1006 30 21

25 %

1006 30 23

25 %

1006 30 25

25 %

1006 30 27

25 %

1006 30 42

25 %

1006 30 44

25 %

1006 30 46

25 %

1006 30 48

25 %

1006 30 61

25 %

1006 30 63

25 %

1006 30 65

25 %

1006 30 67

25 %

1006 30 92

25 %

1006 30 94

25 %

1006 30 96

25 %

1006 30 98

25 %

1006 40 00

25 %

1904 10 30

25 %

1904 90 10

25 %

2001 90 30

25 %

2004 90 10

25 %

2005 80 00

25 %

2008 11 10

25 %

2009 12 00

25 %

2009 19 11

25 %

2009 19 19

25 %

2009 19 91

25 %

2009 19 98

25 %

2009 81 11

25 %

2009 81 19

25 %

2009 81 31

25 %

2009 81 59

25 %

2009 81 95

25 %

2009 81 99

25 %

2208 30 11

25 %

2208 30 19

25 %

2208 30 82

25 %

2208 30 88

25 %

2402 10 00

25 %

2402 20 10

25 %

2402 20 90

25 %

2402 90 00

25 %

2403 11 00

25 %

2403 19 10

25 %

2403 19 90

25 %

2403 91 00

25 %

2403 99 10

25 %

2403 99 90

25 %

3304 20 00

25 %

3304 30 00

25 %

3304 91 00

25 %

6109 10 00

25 %

6109 90 20

25 %

6109 90 90

25 %

6203 42 31

25 %

6203 42 90

25 %

6203 43 11

25 %

6204 62 31

25 %

6204 62 90

25 %

6302 31 00

25 %

6403 59 95

25 %

7210 12 20

25 %

7210 12 80

25 %

7219 12 10

25 %

7219 12 90

25 %

7219 13 10

25 %

7219 13 90

25 %

7219 32 10

25 %

7219 32 90

25 %

7219 33 10

25 %

7219 33 90

25 %

7219 34 10

25 %

7219 34 90

25 %

7219 35 90

25 %

7222 20 11

25 %

7222 20 21

25 %

7222 20 29

25 %

7222 20 31

25 %

7222 20 81

25 %

7222 20 89

25 %

7222 40 10

25 %

7222 40 50

25 %

7222 40 90

25 %

7223 00 11

25 %

7223 00 19

25 %

7223 00 91

25 %

7226 92 00

25 %

7228 30 20

25 %

7228 30 41

25 %

7228 30 49

25 %

7228 30 61

25 %

7228 30 69

25 %

7228 30 70

25 %

7228 30 89

25 %

7228 50 20

25 %

7228 50 40

25 %

7228 50 69

25 %

7228 50 80

25 %

7229 90 20

25 %

7229 90 50

25 %

7229 90 90

25 %

7301 20 00

25 %

7304 31 20

25 %

7304 31 80

25 %

7304 41 00

25 %

7306 30 11

25 %

7306 30 19

25 %

7306 30 41

25 %

7306 30 49

25 %

7306 30 72

25 %

7306 30 77

25 %

7306 30 80

25 %

7306 40 20

25 %

7306 40 80

25 %

7307 11 10

25 %

7307 11 90

25 %

7307 19 10

25 %

7307 19 90

25 %

7308 30 00

25 %

7308 40 00

25 %

7308 90 51

25 %

7308 90 59

25 %

7308 90 98

25 %

7309 00 10

25 %

7309 00 51

25 %

7309 00 59

25 %

7310 29 10

25 %

7310 29 90

25 %

7311 00 13

25 %

7311 00 19

25 %

7311 00 99

25 %

7314 14 00

25 %

7314 19 00

25 %

7314 49 00

25 %

7315 11 10

25 %

7315 11 90

25 %

7315 12 00

25 %

7315 19 00

25 %

7315 89 00

25 %

7315 90 00

25 %

7318 14 10

25 %

7318 14 91

25 %

7318 14 99

25 %

7318 16 40

25 %

7318 16 60

25 %

7318 16 92

25 %

7318 16 99

25 %

7321 11 10

25 %

7321 11 90

25 %

7322 90 00

25 %

7323 93 00

25 %

7323 99 00

25 %

7324 10 00

25 %

7325 10 00

25 %

7325 99 10

25 %

7325 99 90

25 %

7326 90 30

25 %

7326 90 40

25 %

7326 90 50

25 %

7326 90 60

25 %

7326 90 92

25 %

7326 90 96

25 %

7606 11 10

25 %

7606 11 91

25 %

7606 12 20

25 %

7606 12 92

25 %

7606 12 93

25 %

8711 40 00

25 %

8711 50 00

25 %

8903 91 10

25 %

8903 91 90

25 %

8903 92 10

25 %

8903 92 91

25 %

8903 92 99

25 %

8903 99 10

25 %

8903 99 91

25 %

8903 99 99

25 %

9504 40 00

10 %


(1)  The nomenclature codes are taken from the Combined Nomenclature as defined in Article 1(2) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 of 23 July 1987 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (OJ L 256, 7.9.1987, p. 1) and as set out in Annex I thereto, which are valid at the time of publication of this Regulation and mutatis mutandis as amended by subsequent legislation, including most recently Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1925 of 12 October 2017 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (OJ L 282, 31.10.2017, p. 1).


ANNEX II

Products subject to further additional duties at the second stage

CN 2018 (1)

Additional duty

2008 93 11

25 %

2008 93 19

25 %

2008 93 29

25 %

2008 93 91

25 %

2008 93 93

25 %

2008 93 99

25 %

2208 30 11

25 %

2208 30 19

25 %

2208 30 82

25 %

2208 30 88

25 %

3301 12 10

10 %

3301 13 10

10 %

3301 90 10

10 %

3301 90 30

10 %

3301 90 90

10 %

3302 90 10

10 %

3302 90 90

10 %

3304 10 00

10 %

3305 30 00

10 %

4818 20 10

25 %

4818 20 91

35 %

4818 20 99

25 %

4818 30 00

25 %

4818 50 00

35 %

4818 90 10

25 %

4818 90 90

35 %

5606 00 91

10 %

5606 00 99

10 %

5907 00 00

10 %

5911 10 00

10 %

5911 20 00

10 %

5911 31 11

10 %

5911 31 19

10 %

5911 31 90

10 %

5911 32 11

10 %

5911 32 19

10 %

5911 32 90

10 %

6203 42 11

50 %

6203 42 33

50 %

6203 42 35

50 %

6203 42 51

50 %

6203 42 59

50 %

6203 43 19

50 %

6203 43 31

50 %

6203 43 39

50 %

6203 43 90

50 %

6204 62 11

50 %

6204 62 33

50 %

6204 62 39

50 %

6204 62 51

50 %

6204 62 59

50 %

6205 30 00

50 %

6301 30 10

50 %

6301 30 90

50 %

6402 19 00

25 %

6402 99 10

50 %

6402 99 31

25 %

6402 99 39

25 %

6402 99 50

25 %

6402 99 91

25 %

6402 99 93

25 %

6402 99 96

25 %

6402 99 98

25 %

6403 59 05

25 %

6403 59 11

25 %

6403 59 31

25 %

6403 59 35

25 %

6403 59 39

25 %

6403 59 50

25 %

6403 59 91

25 %

6403 59 99

25 %

6601 10 00

50 %

6911 10 00

50 %

6911 90 00

50 %

6912 00 21

50 %

6912 00 23

50 %

6912 00 25

50 %

6912 00 29

50 %

6912 00 81

50 %

6912 00 83

50 %

6912 00 85

50 %

6912 00 89

50 %

6913 10 00

50 %

6913 90 10

50 %

6913 90 93

50 %

6913 90 98

50 %

6914 10 00

50 %

6914 90 00

50 %

7005 21 25

25 %

7005 21 30

25 %

7005 21 80

25 %

7007 19 10

10 %

7007 19 20

10 %

7007 19 80

10 %

7007 21 20

10 %

7007 21 80

10 %

7007 29 00

10 %

7009 10 00

25 %

7009 91 00

10 %

7013 28 10

10 %

7013 28 90

10 %

7102 31 00

10 %

7113 11 00

25 %

7113 19 00

25 %

7113 20 00

25 %

7228 50 61

25 %

7326 90 98

10 %

7604 29 90

25 %

7606 11 93

25 %

7606 11 99

25 %

8422 11 00

50 %

8450 11 11

50 %

8450 11 19

50 %

8450 11 90

50 %

8450 12 00

50 %

8450 19 00

50 %

8506 10 11

10 %

8506 10 18

10 %

8506 10 91

10 %

8506 10 98

10 %

8506 90 00

10 %

8543 70 01

50 %

8543 70 02

50 %

8543 70 03

50 %

8543 70 04

50 %

8543 70 05

50 %

8543 70 06

50 %

8543 70 07

50 %

8543 70 08

50 %

8543 70 09

50 %

8543 70 10

50 %

8543 70 30

50 %

8543 70 50

50 %

8543 70 60

50 %

8543 70 90

25 %

8704 21 10

10 %

8704 21 31

10 %

8704 21 39

10 %

8704 21 91

10 %

8704 21 99

10 %

8711 40 00

25 %

8711 50 00

25 %

8901 90 10

50 %

8901 90 90

50 %

8902 00 10

50 %

8902 00 90

50 %

8903 10 10

10 %

8903 10 90

10 %

8903 92 91

25 %

8903 92 99

25 %

9401 61 00

50 %

9401 69 00

50 %

9401 71 00

50 %

9401 79 00

50 %

9401 80 00

50 %

9404 90 10

25 %

9404 90 90

25 %

9405 99 00

25 %


(1)  The nomenclature codes are taken from the Combined Nomenclature as defined in Article 1(2) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 of 23 July 1987 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (OJ L 256, 7.9.1987, p. 1) and as set out in Annex I thereto, which are valid at the time of publication of this Regulation and mutatis mutandis as amended by subsequent legislation, including most recently Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1925 of 12 October 2017 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (OJ L 282, 31.10.2017, p. 1).


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