30.6.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 176/63


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 973/2006

of 29 June 2006

amending Regulation (EC) No 1831/96 opening and providing for the administration of Community tariff quotas bound under GATT for certain fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetable products from 1996

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2200/96 of 28 October 1996 on the common organisation of the market in fruit and vegetables (1), and in particular Article 34(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

The Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Community and the People's Republic of China pursuant to Article XXIV:6 and Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 (2), approved by Council Decision 2006/398/EC (3) and the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Community and the United States of America pursuant to Article XXIV:6 and Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 (4), approved by Council Decision 2006/333/EC (5), provide for the increasing of existing GATT tariff quotas and for the opening of new ones for certain fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetable products.

(2)

Since the adoption of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1831/96 (6), several CN codes listed in Annexes I to III of that Regulation have changed.

(3)

To provide for the modified and new tariff quotas and for the sake of clarity, the Annexes to Regulation (EC) No 1831/96 should be replaced.

(4)

Regulation (EC) No 1831/96 should be amended accordingly.

(5)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committees for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables and Products Processed from Fruit and Vegetables,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Regulation (EC) No 1831/96 is amended as follows:

1.

Annex I is replaced by the text in Annex I to this Regulation;

2.

Annex II is replaced by the text in Annex II to this Regulation;

3.

Annex III is replaced by the text in Annex III to this Regulation.

Article 2

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

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

Done at Brussels, 29 June 2006.

For the Commission

Mariann FISCHER BOEL

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 297, 21.11.1996, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 47/2003 (OJ L 7, 11.1.2003, p. 64).

(2)  OJ L 154, 8.6.2006, p. 24.

(3)  OJ L 154, 8.6.2006, p. 22.

(4)  OJ L 124, 11.5.2006 p. 15.

(5)  OJ L 124, 11.5.2006 p. 13.

(6)  OJ L 243, 24.9.1996 p. 5.


ANNEX I

‘ANNEX I

Order No

CN code TARIC subheading

Description (1)

Quota period

Quota volume

(tonnes)

Duty rate

(%)

09.0055

0701 90 50

Potatoes, fresh or chilled

1 January to 15 May

4 295

3

09.0056

0706 10 00

Carrots and turnips, fresh or chilled

1 January to 31 December

1 244

7

09.0057

0709 60 10

Sweet peppers

1 January to 31 December

500

1,5

09.0035

0712 20 00

Dried onions, whole, cut, sliced, broken or in powder, but not further prepared

1 January to 31 December

12 000

10

09.0041

0802 11 90

0802 12 90

Almonds, fresh or dried, whether or not shelled, other than bitter

1 January to 31 December

90 000

2

09.0039

0805 50 10

Lemons (Citrus limon, Citrus limonum)

15 January to 14 June

10 000

6

09.0058

0809 10 00

Apricots, fresh

1 August to 31 May

500

10

09.0092

2008 20 11

2008 20 19

2008 20 31

2008 20 39

2008 20 71

2008 30 11

2008 30 19

2008 30 31

2008 30 39

2008 30 79

2008 40 11

2008 40 19

2008 40 21

2008 40 29

2008 40 31

2008 40 39

2008 50 11

2008 50 19

2008 50 31

2008 50 39

2008 50 51

2008 50 59

2008 50 71

2008 60 11

2008 60 19

2008 60 31

2008 60 39

2008 60 60

2008 70 11

2008 70 19

2008 70 31

2008 70 39

2008 70 51

2008 70 59

2008 80 11

2008 80 19

2008 80 31

2008 80 39

2008 80 70

Preserved pineapples, citrus fruit, pears, apricots, cherries, peaches and strawberries

1 January to 31 December

2 838

20

09.0093

2009 11 11

2009 11 19

2009 19 11

2009 19 19

2009 29 11

2009 29 19

2009 39 11

2009 39 19

2009 49 11

2009 49 19

2009 79 11

2009 79 19

2009 80 11

2009 80 19

2009 80 35

2009 80 36

2009 80 38

2009 90 11

2009 90 19

2009 90 21

2009 90 29

Fruit juices

1 January to 31 December

7 044

20


(1)  The goods descriptions in this Annex are those appearing in the Combined Nomenclature (OJ L 286, 28.10.2005, p. 1), supplemented where necessary by a TARIC code.’


ANNEX II

‘ANNEX II

Order No.

CN code TARIC subheading

Description (1)

Quota period

Quota volume

(tonnes)

Duty rate

(%)

09.0025

0805102011

0805102092

0805102096

High quality sweet oranges, fresh

1 February to 30 April

20 000

10

09.0027

0805209005

0805209091

Citrus hybrids known as “minneolas”

1 February to 30 April

15 000

2

09.0033

2009119911

2009119919

Frozen concentrated orange juice, without added sugar, of a Brix value not exceeding 50, in containers of two litres or less, containing no blood orange juice

1 January to 31 December

1 500

13


(1)  The goods descriptions in this Annex are those appearing in the Combined Nomenclature (OJ L 286, 28.10.2005), supplemented where necessary by a TARIC code.

For the purposes of this Annex:

(a)

“high quality sweet oranges” shall mean oranges similar in variety characteristics, ripe, firm and of good shape, of at least good colour, of flexible unrotted structure, and without unhealed cracks in the skin, hard or dry skin, exanthemata, growth tears, contusions (except as caused by normal handling and packaging), damage caused by dryness or humidity, broad or emergent hispids, folds, scars, oil stains, scales, sun marks, dirt or other foreign matter, disease, insects or damage caused by machinery, movement or otherwise; a maximum of 15 % of the fruit in each consignment may not meet this specification, this percentage including at most 5 % of defects amounting to serious damage, and the latter percentage including at most 0,5 % rot;

(b)

“citrus hybrids known as “minneolas” ” shall mean citrus hybrids of the Minneola variety (Citrus paradisi Macf. CV Duncan and Citrus reticulate blanca CV Dancy);

(c)

“Frozen concentrated orange juice, of a Brix value not exceeding 50” shall mean orange juice with a density of no more than 1,229 grams per cubic centimetre at 20°C.’


ANNEX III

‘ANNEX III

Order No

CN code TARIC subheading

Description (1)

Quota period

Quota volume

(tonnes)

Duty rate

(%)

09.0094

0702 00 00

Tomatoes, fresh or chilled

15 May to 31 October

472

12

09.0059

0707 00 05

Cucumbers, fresh or chilled

1 November to 15 May

1 134

2,5

09.0060

0806101091

0806101099

Table grapes, fresh

21 July to 31 October

1 500

9

09.0061

0808108010

0808108090

Apples, fresh, other than cider apples

1 April to 31 July

600

0

09.0062

0808 20 50

Pears, fresh, other than perry pears

1 August to 31 December

1 000

5

09.0063

0809 10 00

Apricots, fresh

1 June to 31 July

2 500

10

09.0040

0809 20 95

Fresh (sweet) cherries

21 May to 15 July

800

4


(1)  The goods descriptions in this Annex are those appearing in the Combined Nomenclature (OJ L 286, 28.10.2005, p. 1), supplemented where necessary by a TARIC code.’