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Iron and steel licensing requirements

Background information and guidance on applying for iron and steel surveillance licences

EU IRON AND STEEL PRIOR SURVEILLANCE IMPORT LICENSING REGIME, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/670 of 28 April 2016 introducing prior Union surveillance of imports of certain iron and steel products originating in certain third countries. 

  1. The European Commission has introduced a “Prior Surveillance” import licensing regime to monitor imports of certain iron and steel products into the European Union. Commission implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/670 was published on 29th April 2016.
  2. You will need an import licence to import any steel products falling to the commodity codes listed in Annex I arriving for Customs clearance into Ireland or the EU on or after 31st May 2016.
  3. You do not need a prior surveillance import licence if:
    a. your products have a net weight of less than 2500 kilograms (2.5 metric tonnes), or your products have a tariff code which commences with 7318 and a net weight of less than 5000 kilograms (5.0 metric tonnes), or
    b. your products were made in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, or
    c. your products are imported into Ireland or the EU before 31st May 2016, or
    d. your products are not entered into free circulation but into a Customs relief scheme (e.g. customs warehousing, temporary import or Inward Processing Relief - If the products are subsequently entered into free circulation a licence is required). 

Applying for a steel prior surveillance import licence 

  1. There is no charge for the issuing of licences. Applications must be made on the relevant application form. The required information should be typed onto the form and a scanned / .PDF copy of the completed and signed form must be emailed to ironandsteel@dbei.gov.ie.
  2. You will need to provide:
    a. Product description / trade name,
    b. TARIC code,
    c. product volume in kilos,
    d. product value in euros on a CIF (Cost plus Insurance plus Freight to the EU border) basis,
    e. where the products were made,
    f. where the products were shipped from.
  3. You will also need to provide a copy of your pro-forma invoice or your sales/purchase contract. The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation may require additional information on the proposed transaction and will contact you directly if that is the case. An application can be made for a licence covering more than one proposed import from the same exporter.
  4. Please consult the Tariff Classification Unit of the Revenue Commissioners at 067 63370 / 1890 62 63 64 or at tarclass@revenue.ie if you are uncertain of which Tariff Code to use. 

Prior surveillance licence validity 

  1. For administrative convenience an application for an import licence can be made in any Member State and shall be valid throughout the Union, as per Article 2.4 of the Regulation.
  2. Licences will have a four month validity which may be renewed for a further four months if not fully used. Please email ironandsteel@dbei.gov.ie should you wish to renew your licence. Your licence remains valid, and does not require amendment, if the unit price and/or net weight of the import is within the 5% tolerance.
  3. Where an import licence is required this should be reflected on the relevant SAD.  “I004” is the Box 44.1 Code to reflect a “surveillance document issued by the competent authorities of a Member State valid throughout the EU”. The import licence number should be provided at Box 44.2. 

Enquiries

Please see our FAQ document which should answer most of your questions on current Iron and Steel licensing requirements.

Please send any further enquiries to: ironandsteel@dbei.gov.ie

This document is for information purposes only and has no force in law. Please note that where legal advice is required, you should make your own arrangements.

ANNEX I: TABLE SHOWING COVERAGE OF PRIOR SURVEILLANCE REGIME

(2017 Updates)

CODE

DESCRIPTION

7207 11 14

Semi-finished products of iron or non-alloy steel containing by weight less than 0,25% of carbon

7208

Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, hot-rolled, not clad, plated or coated

7209

Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, cold-rolled (cold-reduced), not clad, plated or coated

7210

Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, clad, plated or coated

7211

Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm or more, not clad, plated or coated

7212

Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm, clad, plated or coated

7213

Bars and rods, hot-rolled, in irregularly wound coils, of iron or non-alloy steel.

7214

Other bars and rods of iron or non-alloy steel, not further worked than forged, hot-rolled, hot-drawn or hot-extruded, but including those twisted after rolling

7215

Other bars and rods of iron or non-alloy steel

7216

Angles, shapes and sections of iron or non-alloy steel

7217

Wire of iron or non-alloy steel

7219

Flat-rolled products of stainless steel, of a width of 600 mm or more.

7220

Flat-rolled products of stainless steel, of a width of less than 600 mm.

7221

Bars and rods, hot-rolled, in irregularly wound coils, of stainless steel.

7222

Other bars and rods of stainless steel; angles, shapes and sections of stainless steel.

7223

Wire of stainless steel.

7225

Flat-rolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more.

7226

Flat-rolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm.

7227

Bars and rods, hot-rolled, in irregularly wound coils, of other alloy steel.

7228

Other bars and rods of other alloy steel; angles, shapes and sections, of other alloy steel; hollow drill bars and rods, of alloy or non-alloy steel.

7229

Wire of other alloy steel

7301

Sheet piling of iron or steel, whether or not drilled, punched or made from assembled elements; welded angles, shapes and sections, of iron or steel.

7302

Railway or tramway track construction material of iron or   steel, the following: rails, check-rails and rack rails, switch blades, crossing frogs, point rods and other crossing pieces, sleepers (cross-ties), fish-plates, chairs, chair wedges, sole plates (base plates), rail clips, bedplates, ties and other material specialised for jointing or fixing rails.

7304

Tubes, pipes and hollow profiles, seamless, of iron (other than cast iron) or steel.

7305

Other tubes and pipes (for example, welded, riveted or similarly closed), having circular cross-sections, the external diameter of which exceeds 406,4 mm, of iron or steel.

7306

Other tubes, pipes and hollow profiles (for example, open seam or welded, riveted or similarly closed), of iron or steel.

7307 19 10

Tube or pipe fittings (for example, couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel

7307 23

Tube or pipe fittings (for example, couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel

7307 91 00

Tube or pipe fittings (for example, couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel

7307 93 11

Tube or pipe fittings (for example, couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel

7307 93 19

Tube or pipe fittings (for example, couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel

7307 99 80

Tube or pipe fittings (for example, couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel

7318 12 90

Screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter pins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel.

7318 14 91

Screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter pins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel.

7318 14 99

Screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter pins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel.

7318 15 42

Other screws and bolts, whether or not with their nuts or washers. Of less than 800MPa

7318 15 58

Other screws and bolts, whether or not with their nuts or washers. Other

7318 15 68

Other screws and bolts, whether or not with their nuts or washers. Hexagonal Socket Heads. Other

7318 15 82

Other screws and bolts, whether or not with their nuts or washers. Of less than 800MPa

7318 15 88

Other screws and bolts, whether or not with their nuts or washers. Of 800MPa or more

7318 15 95

Other screws and bolts, whether or not with their nuts or washers. Other

7318 16 40

Screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter pins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel :

7318 16 92

Screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter pins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel. Not exceeding 12mm.

7318 16 99

Screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter pins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel.

7318 19 00

Screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter pins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel. Other

7318 21 00

Screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter pins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel.

7318 22 00

Screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter pins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel.

 

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