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.