Other Service Offerings


We offer one to one and classroom training on core modules to comply with UCC competency requirements. These include, inter alia:

Special Procedures; and
SAD audit and review.

EU Tariff Suspension and Quota Scheme

Article 28 of the Treaty of Rome provides for the temporary suspension of duties under the Common Customs Tariff (CCT) on imports of raw materials and components for further processing, where it is established that industry within the EU is unable to obtain supplies of the product or suitable substitutes.

The aim of the tariff suspension scheme is to enable Union enterprises to use raw materials, semi-finished goods or components not available or produced within the Union. Both measures permit the total or partial waiver of the third country duties applicable to imported goods in order to strengthen the Union’s industrial production capacity, thereby making it easier for its producers to compete with third country suppliers. It does not apply to ‘finished’ products. ‘Finished’ products are defined as those which:

are ready for sale to the end-user;
are disassembled finished goods;
will not undergo any substantial processing; or
already have the essential character of the complete product. 

Goods for which anti-dumping or countervailing duties are applicable will normally be excluded from granting a suspension or quota. Goods which are subject to import prohibitions and restrictions (e.g. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will also be excluded from this scheme.

Who Can Avail of the Scheme? 

The tariff schemes operate primarily for industrial products and thus the schemes are relevant to manufacturing/processing companies in the chemicals (and allied), micro-electronics (and related) sectors.

Suspensions are this normally granted to:

raw materials;
semi-finished goods or;
components not available within the EU or Turkey.

Grounds for refusal:

Applications for suspension of duty will not be considered where there are already restrictions or preferences on imports already in force e.g. anti-dumping duties, patents etc. Suspensions will not normally be granted if:

  • the amount of uncollected customs duty in question is estimated to be less than €15,000 per year. Enterprises may group together to reach the threshold.
  • identical, equivalent or substitute products are available within the EU or Turkey;
  • goods are finished products;
  • goods are covered by an exclusive trading agreement;

Validity of Measures:

A suspension will be valid for five years; a quota will be valid for a period of six-twelve months.

Export Licencing

Controlled products are those that fall within the scope of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2015/2420 for dual-use products and the Control of Exports (Goods and Technology) Order 2012 for military products.

Goods controlled under torture legislation include export licensing controls on drugs used in executions by lethal injection. The legal basis for controls on ‘torture’ goods is the EU Regulation on products used for trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This is also known as Council Regulation (EC) No. 1236/2005 or the ‘Torture’ Regulation.

‘Dual-use items’ shall mean items, including software and technology, which can be used for both civil and military purposes.

Types of Export Licences

The following categories of licence are issued by the Export Licensing Unit:

Individual Dual-Use Licences;
Global (Dual-Use) Licences;
Military Licences;
Brokering Activities Licences;
Licensing under the Torture Regulations; and
Global Transfer Licences - Directive 2009/43/EC.

We can assist you with deciding if a product is considered a controlled product, applying for the appropriate licence and applying the correct ECCN.