By A Correspondent- The European Union has announced that the duty of all products from Zimbabwe will now be reduced or eliminated under the EU-ESA Economic Partnership Agreement.
In the Official Journal of the European Union number C 390/3 dated 27 September 2021
The EU said:
“Notice concerning the application by Zimbabwe of Article 18(3) of Protocol 1 on rules of origin to the EU-ESA interim Economic Partnership Agreement, use of self-certification for imports into the EU of products originating in Zimbabwe under the EU-ESA interim Economic Partnership Agreement
“This notice is issued for the information of customs authorities, importers and economic operators, which are involved in imports into the EU of products originating in Zimbabwe under the EU-ESA interim Economic Partnership Agreement (the IEPA’).
“Following a notification made by Zimbabwe to the Customs Cooperation Committee of the EU-ESA iEPA activating Article 18(3) of Protocol 1 to the EU-ESA iEPA (9, from 1 July 2021 products originating in Zimbabwe shall, on importation into the EU, benefit from the preferential tariff treatment of the iEPA upon submission of an invoice declaration made out, as provided for in Article 23 of Protocoll, by: (i) a Zimbabwean exporter registered in the EU’s Registered Exporter system (the REX system), or (ii) any Zimbabwean exporter where the total value of the originating products consigned does not exceed EUR 6 000. From that date, paragraphs 1(a) and (b) of Article 18 ceased to apply for imports into the EU from Zimbabwe.
“Therefore, from 1 July 2021, movement certificates EUR.1 and invoice declarations made out by approved exporters are no longer valid to claim preferential tariff treatment under the EU-ESA iEPA.