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Types of Import Licence

A summary overview of the different types of import licences

Aluminium subject to Surveillance

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) 2018/640 was published on 26th April 2018.

You will need an import licence to import any steel products falling to the commodity codes listed in Annex I of the Regulation arriving for Customs clearance into Ireland or the EU on or after 12th May 2018.

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

b. your products were made in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, or

c. your products are imported into Ireland or the EU before 12th May 2018, 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).  

Iron and Steel subject to Surveillance

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.

You will need an import licence to import any steel products falling to the commodity codes listed in Annex I of the Regulation arriving for Customs clearance into Ireland or the EU on or after 31st May 2016.

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

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). 

Textiles Subject to Quota Restrictions

North Korea

The importation into the EU of textiles originating in North Korea falling under the following textile categories are subject to quantitative quotas and require an import licence:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 36, 37, 39, 59, 61, 68, 69, 70, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 83, 87, 109, 117, 118, 142, 151A, 151B and 161.

Information on the category descriptions is provided on the European Commission’s SIGL website:

trade.ec.europa.eu/sigl/products.html

The maximum quotas per operator are set out in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/2148 and are set at category levels as set out in Annex I of the Regulation.

The quotas will be awarded on a first come first served basis on receipt by the Commission of Member State’s notifications for amounts not exceeding the maximum quantities per operator set out in Annex I of the Regulation. Overall quotas for each category of goods are also set out for each EU Member State.  Further information is available on the SIGL website.

trade.ec.europa.eu/sigl/querytextiles.htm

Wood Subject to Quota Restrictions

In the context of its accession to the World trade Organisation (WTO), Russia agreed to reduce its export duty rates on raw wood products.  For certain types of wood, namely some coniferous wood species (spruce and pine), Russia agreed to open tariff-rate quotas for exports of those products and allocate a specific quota share to the EU.  Export duty rates within the tariff-rate quotas were to be applied at a reduced level.

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 498/2012 implements the allocation of the tariff rate quotas.  A quota authorisation system applies and importers must apply for a quota authorization.