Blanched peanuts retain zero tariff status in the European Union

Blanched peanuts retain zero tariff status in the European Union
Brazil, South Africa, Australia and the European Union endorsed and shared the position of Argentina.

 

As the Argentine Agroindustry Ministry reported, the World Customs Organization (WCO) unanimously decided in favor of the Argentine position of not innovating in the framework applicable to blanched peanuts, by which they will continue paying zero tariff upon entry in the European Union. Brazil, South Africa, Australia and the European Union endorsed and shared the position of Argentina.

Argentine blanched peanuts faced the risk of having to pay tariffs in the majority of exports markets. In October 2016, negotiations started with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Customs Agency and the Agroindustry Ministry of Argentina, with a view to staying the enforceability of the initial WCO decision.

Towards the end of 2016, by virtue of the efforts by the Argentine Peanut Chamber (CAM, as per the Spanish acronym), Argentina succeeded in instituting a motion for “Reconsideration” that challenged the WCO decision.

In May this year, upon request of the Argentine Peanut Foundation, Dr. Rubén Grosso, researcher from the School of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Córdoba, completed a technical study that served as supporting evidence for the arguments that Argentina presented upon filing the foregoing motion.
By request of the Agroindustry Ministry, the CAM decided to finance the trip by Dr. Grosso to Brussels as part of the Argentine delegation, together with María Martearena and Pablo Ciallella, from the Office of the Secretary of Agroindustrial Markets. Consequently, on 28 September 2017, the members of the WCO reconsidered the classification of this product and issued a decision favorable to Argentina, following the technical presentation by Dr. Grosso.

The final decision is a positive one: blanched peanuts shall remain under Chapter 1202.
This outcome was based on the efforts undertaken by the CAM and the joint work with the Office of the Secretary of Agroindustrial Markets of the Agroindustry Ministry of Argentina, the delegations of countries that had presented motions for reconsideration, and the technical representatives from the School of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Córdoba, chiefly, Dr. Rubén Grosso.