22.12.2004   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 374/31


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 2202/2004

of 21 December 2004

opening Community tariff quotas for 2005 for sheep, goats, sheepmeat and goatmeat

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2529/2001 of 19 December 2001 on the common organisation of the market in sheepmeat and goatmeat (1), and in particular Article 16(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Community tariff quotas for sheepmeat and goatmeat should be opened for 2005. The duties and quantities referred to in Regulation (EC) No 2529/2001 should be fixed in accordance with the respective international agreements in force during the year 2005.

(2)

Council Regulation (EC) No 312/2003 of 18 February 2003 implementing for the Community the tariff provisions laid down in the Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Chile, of the other part (2), has provided for an additional bilateral tariff quota of 2 000 tonnes with a 10 % annual increase of the original quantity to be opened for product code 0204 from 1 February 2003. That quota was added to the GATT/WTO quota for Chile and both quotas should continue to be managed in the same way during 2005. Moreover, with regard to that quota a calculation error occurred when attributing the quota for the year 2004 under Commission Regulation (EC) No 2233/2003 of 23 December 2003 opening Community tariff quotas for 2004 for sheep, goats, sheepmeat and goatmeat (3) and a quantity of 5 183 tonnes instead of 5 200 tonnes was attributed. The remaining 17 tonnes should, therefore, be added to the quantity available for 2005.

(3)

Council Regulation (EC) No 1329/2003 of 21 July 2003 amending Regulation (EC) No 992/95 as regards tariff quotas for certain agricultural and fishery products originating in Norway (4) grants additional bilateral trade concessions concerning agricultural products.

(4)

Certain tariff quotas for sheep and goatmeat products have been granted to the ACP States under the Cotonou Agreement (5).

(5)

Certain quotas are defined for period running from 1 July of year n to 30 June of year n+1. Since imports under the present Regulation are being managed on a calendar-year basis, the corresponding quantities to be fixed for the calendar year 2005 with regard to the quotas concerned are the sum of half of the quantity for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 and half of the quantity for the period from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006.

(6)

A carcase-weight equivalent needs to be fixed in order to ensure a proper functioning of the Community tariff quotas. Furthermore, since certain tariff quotas provide for the option of importing either the live animals or their meat, a conversion factor is required.

(7)

Experience with the management of the Community tariff quotas under the first-come, first-served system in sheepmeat and goatmeat products has been positive during the year 2004. Therefore, quotas concerning these products should, by way of derogation from Commission Regulation (EC) No 1439/95 of 26 June 1995 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EEC) No 3013/89 as regards the import and export of products in the sheepmeat and goatmeat sector (6), be managed in conformity with Article 16(2)(a) of Regulation (EC) No 2529/2001. This should be done in accordance with Articles 308a, 308b and 308c(1) of Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93 of 2 July 1993 laying down provisions for the implementation of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 establishing the Community Customs Code (7).

(8)

In order to avoid any discrimination among exporting countries, and given that equivalent tariff quotas have not been quickly exhausted in the last two years, tariff quotas under this Regulation should be regarded initially as non-critical within the meaning of Article 308c of Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93 when managed under the first-come first-served system. Therefore, customs authorities should be authorised to waive the requirement for security in respect of goods initially imported under those quotas in accordance with Articles 308c(1) and 248(4) of Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93. Due to the particularities of the transfer from one management system to the other Article 308c(2) and (3) of that Regulation should not apply.

(9)

It should be clarified which kind of proof certifying the origin of products has to be provided by the operator concerned in order to benefit from the tariff quotas under the first-come, first-served system.

(10)

When sheepmeat products are presented by the operator concerned to the customs authorities for import, it is difficult for those authorities to establish whether they originate from domestic sheep or other sheep, which determines the application of different duty rates. It is therefore appropriate to provide that the proof of origin contains a clarification to that end.

(11)

In accordance with Chapter II of Council Directive 2002/99/EC of 16 December 2002 laying down the animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption (8) and with Council Directive 97/78/EC of 18 December 1997 laying down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on products entering the Community from third countries (9), imports may be authorised only for products meeting the requirements of the food chain procedures, rules and checks in force in the Community.

(12)

Given the date of application and the time needed for translation, this Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

(13)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee for Sheep and Goats,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

This Regulation opens Community tariff quotas for sheep, goats, sheepmeat and goatmeat for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2005.

Article 2

The customs duties applicable to imports into the Community of sheep, goats, sheepmeat and goatmeat falling within CN codes 0104 10 30, 0104 10 80, 0104 20 90, 0210 99 21, 0210 99 29 and 0204 originating in the countries indicated in the Annex shall be suspended or reduced in accordance with this Regulation.

Article 3

1.   The quantities, expressed in carcase-weight equivalent, for the import of meat falling within CN code 0204 and of live animals falling within CN codes 0104 10 30, 0104 10 80 and 0104 20 90, as well as the customs duty applicable shall be those as laid down in the Annex.

2.   For the purpose of calculating the quantities of ‘carcase-weight equivalent’ referred to in paragraph 1 the net weight of sheep and goat products shall be multiplied by the following coefficients:

(a)

for live animals: 0,47

(b)

for boneless lamb and boneless goatmeat of kid: 1,67

(c)

for boneless mutton, boneless sheep and boneless goatmeat other than of kid and mixtures of any of these: 1,81

(d)

for bone-in products: 1,00.

3.   ‘Kid’ shall mean goats of up to one year old.

Article 4

By way of derogation from Title II A and B of Regulation (EC) No 1439/95, the tariff quotas set up in the Annex to this Regulation for the countries of Country Groups No 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 shall be managed on a first-come, first-served basis in accordance with Articles 308a, 308b and 308c(1) of Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93 from 1 January to 31 December 2005. Article 308c(2) and (3) of that Regulation shall not apply. No import licences shall be required.

Article 5

1.   In order to benefit from the tariff quotas set out in the Annex and managed in accordance with Article 4, a valid proof of origin issued by the competent authorities of the third country concerned together with a customs declaration for release for free circulation for the goods concerned shall be presented to the Community customs authorities. The origin of products subject to tariff quotas other than those resulting from preferential tariff agreements shall be determined in accordance with the provisions in force in the Community.

2.   The proof of origin referred to in paragraph 1 shall be as follows:

(a)

in the case of a tariff quota which is part of a preferential tariff agreement, it shall be the proof of origin laid down in that agreement;

(b)

in the case of other tariff quotas, it shall be a proof established in accordance with Article 47 of Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93 and in addition to the elements provided for in that Article, the following data:

the CN code (at least the first four digits),

the order number or order numbers of the tariff quota concerned in accordance with the third subparagraph of this paragraph,

the total net weight per coefficient category as specified in Article 3(2) of this Regulation.

(c)

in the case of a country whose quota falls under points (a) and (b) and are merged, it shall be the proof referred to in point (a).

Where the proof of origin referred to in point (b) is presented as supporting document for only one declaration for release for free circulation, it may contain several order numbers. In all other cases, it shall only contain one order number.

3.   In order to benefit from the tariff quota set up in the Annex for Country Group 4 in respect of products falling under CN codes ex 0204, ex 0210 99 21 and ex 0210 99 29 the proof of origin shall contain in the box concerning the description of the products one of the following:

(a)

‘sheep product/s from the species domestic sheep’;

(b)

‘products from the species other than domestic sheep’.

Those indications shall correspond to the indications in the veterinary certificate accompanying those products.

Article 6

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from 1 January 2005.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 21 December 2004.

For the Commission

Mariann FISCHER BOEL

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 341, 22.12.2001, p. 3. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 (OJ L 270, 21.10.2003, p. 1).

(2)  OJ L 46, 20.2.2003, p. 1.

(3)  OJ L 339, 24.12.2003, p. 22. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 65/2004 (OJ L 63, 28.2.2004, p. 30).

(4)  OJ L 187, 26.7.2003, p. 1.

(5)  OJ L 317, 15.12.2000, p. 3.

(6)  OJ L 143, 27.6.1995, p.7. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 272/2001 (OJ L 41, 10.2.2001, p. 3).

(7)  OJ L 253, 11.10.1993, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2286/2003(OJ L 343, 31.12.2003, p. 1).

(8)  OJ L 18, 23.1.2003, p. 11.

(9)  OJ L 24, 30.1.98, p. 9. Directive as last amended by European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 (OJ L 165, 30.4.2004, p. 1).


ANNEX

SHEEPMEAT AND GOATMEAT in tonnes (t) of carcase weight equivalent

COMMUNITY TARIFF QUOTAS FOR 2005

Country group No

CN codes

‘Ad valorem’ duty %

Specific duty EUR/100 Kg

Order number under ‘first-come first-served’

Origin

Annual volume

in tonnes of carcase weight equivalent

Live animals

(Coefficient = 0,47)

Boneless lamb (1)

(Coefficient = 1,67)

Boneless mutton/sheep (2)

(Coefficient = 1,81)

Bone-in and carcases

(Coefficient = 1,00)

1

0204

Zero

Zero

09.2101

09.2102

09.2011

Argentina

23 000

09.2105

09.2106

09.2012

Australia

18 650

09.2109

09.2110

09.2013

New Zealand

226 700

09.2111

09.2112

09.2014

Uruguay

5 800

09.2115

09.2116

09.1922

Chile

5 417

09.2119

09.2120

09.0790

Iceland

1 350

2

0204

Zero

Zero

09.2121

09.2122

09.0781

Norway

300

3

0204

Zero

Zero

09.2125

09.2126

09.0693

Greenland

100

09.2129

09.2130

09.0690

Faeroes

20

09.2131

09.2132

09.0227

Turkey

200

4

0104 10 30, 0104 10 80 and 0104 20 90

For the species ‘other than domestic sheep’ only: ex 0204, ex 0210 99 21 and ex 0210 99 29

Zero

Zero

09.2141

09.2145

09.2149

09.1622

ACP States

100

For the species ‘domestic sheep’ only: ex 0204, ex 0210 99 21 and ex 0210 99 29

Zero

65 % reduction of specific duties

09.2161

09.2165

09.1626

ACP States

500

5 (3)

0204

Zero

Zero

09.2171

09.2175

09.2015

Others

200

0104 10 30

0104 10 80

0104 20 90

10

Zero

09.2181

09.2019

Others

49


(1)  And goatmeat of kid.

(2)  And goatmeat other than of kid.

(3)  ‘Others’ shall refer to all origins including the ACP States and excluding the other countries mentioned in the current table.