Regulation (EU) 2016/1076 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2016 applying the arrangements for products originating in certain states which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States provided for in agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, economic partnership agreements (recast)

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REGULATION (EU) 2016/1076 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

of 8 June 2016

applying the arrangements for products originating in certain states which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States provided for in agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, economic partnership agreements

(recast)

(OJ L 185 8.7.2016, p. 1)

Amended by:

Official Journal

No

page

date

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COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2017/1550 of 14 July 2017

L 237

57

15.9.2017

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COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2017/1551 of 14 July 2017

L 237

59

15.9.2017

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COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2019/821 of 12 March 2019

L 134

12

22.5.2019

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COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2019/2178 of 14 October 2019

L 330

2

20.12.2019

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COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2020/1138 of 27 May 2020

L 248

1

31.7.2020




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REGULATION (EU) 2016/1076 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

of 8 June 2016

applying the arrangements for products originating in certain states which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States provided for in agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, economic partnership agreements

(recast)



CHAPTER I

SUBJECT MATTER, SCOPE AND MARKET ACCESS

Article 1

Subject matter

This Regulation applies the arrangements for products originating in certain states which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States provided for in agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, economic partnership agreements.

Article 2

Scope

1. This Regulation applies to products originating in the regions and states listed in Annex I.

2. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 22 to amend Annex I in order to add regions or states from the ACP Group of States which have concluded negotiations on an agreement with the Union which at least meets the requirements of Article XXIV of the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994).

3. A region or state shall remain on the list in Annex I unless the Commission adopts a delegated act in accordance with Article 22 amending Annex I to remove that region or state from that Annex, in particular where:

(a)

the region or state indicates that it intends not to ratify an agreement which has permitted it to be included in Annex I;

(b)

ratification of an agreement which has permitted a region or state to be included in Annex I has not taken place within a reasonable period of time such that the entry into force of the agreement is unduly delayed; or

(c)

the agreement is terminated, or the region or state concerned terminates its rights and obligations under the agreement, but the agreement otherwise remains in force.

Article 3

Delegation of power

The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 22 to amend Annex I to this Regulation by reinstating those regions or states from the ACP Group of States which were removed from Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1528/2007 by Regulation (EU) No 527/2013 and which have, since such removal, taken the necessary steps towards ratification of their respective agreements.

Article 4

Market access

1. Import duties shall be eliminated on all products of Chapters 1 to 97, with the exception of Chapter 93, of the Harmonised System originating in a region or state listed in Annex I. Such elimination shall be subject to the general safeguard mechanism provided for in Articles 9 to 20.

2. For products of Chapter 93 of the Harmonised System originating in regions or states listed in Annex I, the most-favoured-nation duties applied shall continue to apply.

3. Paragraph 1 shall not apply to products originating in South Africa. Such products shall be subject to the relevant provisions of the TDCA. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 22 to add an Annex to this Regulation setting out the regime applicable to products originating in South Africa once the relevant trade provisions of the TDCA have been superseded by the relevant provisions of an agreement establishing, or leading to the establishment of, an EPA.

4. Paragraph 1 shall not apply to products under tariff heading 0803 00 19 originating in a region or state listed in Annex I and released for free circulation in the outermost regions of the Union until 1 January 2018. Paragraph 1 of this Article and Article 8 shall not apply to products under tariff heading 1701 originating in a region or state listed in Annex I and released for free circulation in the French overseas departments until 1 January 2018. Those periods shall be extended to 1 January 2028 unless otherwise agreed between the Parties to the relevant agreements. The Commission shall publish a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union informing interested parties of the expiry of this provision.



CHAPTER II

RULES OF ORIGIN AND ADMINISTRATIVE COOPERATION

Article 5

Rules of origin

1. The rules of origin set out in Annex II shall apply in determining whether products originate in the regions or states listed in Annex I.

2. The rules of origin set out in Annex II shall be superseded by those annexed to any agreement with the regions or states listed in Annex I when that agreement is either provisionally applied, or enters into force, whichever is the earlier. The Commission shall publish a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union to inform operators of the date of provisional application or entry into force, from which the rules of origin in the agreement are to apply to products originating in the regions and states listed in Annex I.

3. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 22 concerning technical amendments to Annex II where required to take account of amendments to other Union customs legislation.

4. Decisions on the management of Annex II shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 19(5).

Article 6

Administrative cooperation

1. Where the Commission has made a finding, on the basis of objective information, of a failure to provide administrative cooperation or of irregularities or fraud, it may temporarily suspend the elimination of duties provided for in Articles 4, 7 and 8 (‘the relevant treatment’) in accordance with this Article.

2. For the purpose of this Article, a failure to provide administrative cooperation means, inter alia:

(a)

a repeated failure to respect relevant obligations requiring the verification of the originating status of the product or products concerned;

(b)

a repeated refusal or undue delay in carrying out or communicating the results of subsequent verification of the proof of origin;

(c)

a repeated refusal or undue delay in obtaining authorisation to conduct administrative cooperation missions to verify the authenticity of documents or accuracy of information relating to the granting of the relevant treatment.

For the purpose of this Article, a finding of irregularities or fraud may be made, inter alia, where there is a rapid increase, without satisfactory explanation, in imports of goods exceeding the usual level of production and export capacity of the region or state concerned.

3. Where the Commission, on the basis of information provided by a Member State or on its own initiative, finds that the conditions laid down in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article are met, the relevant treatment may be suspended in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 19(4), provided that the Commission has first:

(a)

informed the Committee referred to in Article 19(2);

(b)

notified the region or state concerned in accordance with any relevant procedures applicable between the Union and that state or region; and

(c)

published a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union stating that a finding has been made of a failure to provide administrative cooperation or of irregularities or fraud.

4. The period of suspension under this Article shall be no longer than is necessary to protect the Union's financial interests. That period shall not exceed six months, but may be renewed. At the end of that period, the Commission shall decide either to terminate the suspension or to extend the period of suspension in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 19(4).

5. The temporary suspension procedures set out in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 shall be superseded by those set out in any agreement with the regions or states listed in Annex I when that agreement is either provisionally applied or enters into force, whichever is the earlier. The Commission shall publish a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union to inform operators of the date of provisional application or entry into force, from which the temporary suspension procedures in the agreement are to apply to products covered by this Regulation.

6. In order to implement the temporary suspension provided for in any agreement with the regions or...

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