What is it?

Autonomous Tariff Suspension allows for a partial or total waiver of the duties normally applicable upon importation of applicable goods. It is referred to as a suspension as the quantity of goods allowed under it are unlimited. If limited then it is referred to as a quota.


Generally speaking the types of products this applies to are:
  • Raw Materials
  • Semi-finished goods
  • Components not available within the community
  • Finished products used as components could be benefit if the added value is high enough
  • Manufacturing materials can also a benefit if they are specific and necessary for completion of a product if not adversely affecting competing enterprises within the community.


This suspension cannot be applied to:
  • Finished products for sale to consumers
  • Goods which can be manufactured within the community as equivalent or substitute or within a third country with preferential tariff arrangement’s
  • If suspension distorts competition between community enterprises
  • Goods subject to exclusive trade agreements
  • When the benefits of the suspension are not passed on to the community producers
  • When the suspension would conflict with another Community Policy


Autonomous tariff suspensions aims to allow Community businesses to import supplies from outside the EU,for a limited period, with suspension of normal duty rates.

This is with the aim of:
  • Stimulating economic activity within the community
  • Improving business competitiveness
  • creating jobs.


The information contained within this post has been taken from the EUR-Lex database.