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The European Court of Justice recently delivered a ruling that is of interest to enterprises exporting products either directly to or via the European Union. The court set out the specific conditions according to which goods coming from non-EU countries which are imitations or copies of goods protected within the European Union by IP rights can be detained by member states' customs authorities.
The Official Journal recently published a number of regulations concerning the classification of certain goods in the EU Combined Nomenclature. These regulations, some of which will be of particular interest to exporters to the European Union, are aimed at ensuring a uniform application of customs treatment in respect of these goods throughout the European Union.
The European Parliament's Committee on International Trade has issued a working document on proposed amendments to the European Union's Generalised System of Preferences. The document sheds light on the issues which are most likely to cause controversy in a legislative proposal that would completely exclude several developing countries' exports from the preferential trade tariffs.
A number of regulations concerning the classification of goods in the EU Combined Nomenclature have been published in the Official Journal in order to ensure the uniform application of customs treatment in respect of the goods throughout the European Union. Each of the regulations entered into force on the 20th day following their publication.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) appellate body has upheld the findings of a WTO panel which declared that the European Union's basic anti-dumping laws are partially incompatible with global trade rules. Pursuant to the ruling, the European Union must amend its laws governing anti-dumping investigations and assure fairer treatment of imports coming from, among other countries, China.
A World Trade Organisation panel has published a report in which it ruled in favour of the European Union in a challenge against export restrictions in China. The ruling could boost further EU claims against export curbs on other commodities.