Currently, stricter customs controls are being imposed on imports of Indica rice from Cambodia or Myanmar. The customs authorities in the European Union are increasingly carrying out checks and demanding guarantees on rice imports from these countries.
Entrepreneurs should be prepared for delayed customs clearance and additional financial burdens.
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Protective duty on indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar
A protective duty on Indica rice from Cambodia preceded the tightened customs controls on rice.
In 2018, a proceeding began to consider the introduction of a protective duty, following a request from Italy.
The European Commission has concluded that there is sufficient evidence that Indica rice originating in Cambodia and Myanmar is harmful to rice producers in the European Union.
As a result, a protective duty on rice was imposed on Cambodia and Myanmar, currently under customs tarriff numbers 1006 30 27, 1006 30 48, 1006 30 67 and 1006 30 98. This applies to semi or wholly-milled Indica rice originating in Cambodia or Myanmar, imported either in bulk or small bags between 5 and 20 kilograms.
Customs guarantee on imported rice
The European Union is now clearly concerned that imported Indica rice is being disguised as Japonica rice. There is strong suspicion that importing companies provide incorrect tariff numbers for rice.
For this reason, customs currently collects guarantees on rice imports.
As a rule, samples are drawn and sent for analysis. However, guarantees are requested before the results of these tests become available.
Companies that import large quantities of rice now run a higher risk of being confronted with significant customs guarantees in Germany and other European countries.