EU and UK - Reasoned Opinion on Customs Duties

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On 24 September the European Commission sent a Reasoned Opinion to the United Kingdom because of its failure to make customs duties available to the EU budget, as required by EU law. You can read the full press release here.

A reasoned opinion constitutes the second infringement stage following a letter of formal notice, which was sent to the UK in March 2018. This followed a 2017 report by the EU's anti-fraud body OLAF, which found that importers in the United Kingdom evaded a large amount of customs duties by using fictitious and false invoices and incorrect customs value declarations at importation. This was despite having been informed of the risks of fraud relating to the imports of textiles and footwear originating from the People's Republic of China since 2007

If the UK does not act within the next two months, the Commission may decide to bring the case before the Court of Justice of the EU.

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