Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on trade in certain steel products - Declarations - Protocols

Link to law: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:22005A1122(01)
Published: 2005-11-03

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Agreement
between the European Community and the Russian Federation on trade in certain steel products
THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY,
of the one part, and
THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION,
of the other part,
being the Parties to this Agreement,
HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
Article 1
1. This Agreement applies to trade in former ECSC steel products.
2. Trade in steel products set out in Annex I may be subject to quantitative limits.
3. Trade in steel products not set out in Annex I shall not be subject to quantitative limits.
4. In the case of steel products and subject matters which are not covered by this Agreement, the relevant provisions of the PCA shall apply.
Article 2
1. The Parties agree to establish and maintain for the period of validity of the present Agreement for each calendar year quantitative arrangements fixing the limits set out in Annex II on Russian exports to the Community of the products set out in Annex I. Such exports shall be subject to a double-checking system as specified in Protocol A.
2. The Parties agree that imports into the Community from Russia of products included in Annex I as from 1 January 2005 until the entry into force of this Agreement shall be deducted from the quantitative limits set out in Annex II.
3. Imports of quantities in excess of those mentioned in Annex II shall be authorised where the Community industry is unable to meet the internal demand which results in a shortage of supply for one or more products listed in Annex I. Consultations shall take place immediately at the request of either Party to determine the level of the shortage on the basis of objective evidence. Following the conclusions of the consultations, the Community shall instigate its internal procedures to increase the quantitative limits set out in Annex II.
4. In the case where countries candidate for membership of the European Union would accede before the termination of this Agreement, the Parties agree to consider to increase the quantitative limits set out in Annex II.
Article 3
1. Imports into the customs territory of the Community for free circulation of the products set out in Annex I shall be subject to the presentation of an import authorisation issued by the competent authority of a Member State based on the production of an export licence issued by the authorities of Russia, and to proof of origin in accordance with the provisions of Protocol A.
2. Imports into the customs territory of the Community of the products set out in Annex I shall not be subject to the quantitative limits set out in Annex II provided they are declared to be for re-export outside the Community in the same state or after processing, within the administrative system of control which exists within the Community.
3. Carry-over to the corresponding quantitative limits for the following calendar year of the amounts of quantitative limits not used during the first calendar year is authorised up to 7 % of the relevant quantitative limit set out in Annex II for a product group in question for the year in which it was not used. Russia shall notify the Community no later than 31 March of the following year if it intends to make use of this provision.
4. Up to 7 % of the quantitative limit for a given product group may be transferred to one or more other groups within the same product category, that is to say within category SA or SB, subject to the consent of both Parties. The quantitative limit for a given product group can be reduced once in the course of a calendar year. Furthermore, transfers between SA and SB categories are permitted up to a maximum of 25000 tonnes. Any adjustments to the quantitative limits resulting from transfers shall only affect the calendar year in progress. At the start of the following calendar year, the quantitative limits shall be those shown at Annex II, without prejudice to the provisions of paragraph 3. Russia shall notify the Community no later than 31 May if it intends to make use of this provision.
Article 4
1. With a view to rendering the double-checking system as effective as possible and to minimise the possibilities for abuse and circumvention:
- the Community authorities shall inform Russia by the 28th of each month of the import authorisations issued during the preceding month,
- the Russian authorities shall inform the Community by the 28th of each month of the export licences issued during the preceding month.
In the event of any significant discrepancy taking account of the time factors involved in respect of such information either Party may request consultations which shall be opened immediately.
2. Without prejudice to paragraph 1 and with a view to ensuring the effective functioning of this Agreement, the Community and Russia agree to take all necessary steps to prevent, to investigate and to take any necessary legal and/or administration action against circumvention, notably by transhipment, re-routing, false declaration concerning the country or place of origin, falsification of documents, false declaration concerning quantities, description or classification of merchandise. Accordingly, the Community and Russia agree to establish the necessary legal provisions and administrative procedures permitting effective action to be taken against such circumvention, which shall include the adoption of legally binding corrective measures against exporters and/or importers involved.
3. Should the Community believe on the basis of information available that this Agreement is being circumvented, the Community may request consultations with Russia which shall be held immediately.
4. Pending the results of the consultations referred to in paragraph 3, Russia shall, as a precautionary measure, and if so requested by the Community, take all necessary measures to ensure that, where sufficient evidence of circumvention is provided, adjustments of the quantitative limits liable to be agreed following the consultations referred to in paragraph 3 shall be carried out for the calendar year in which the request for consultations under paragraph 3 was made, or for the following year, if the limit for that calendar year is exhausted.
5. Should the Parties be unable in the course of the consultations referred to in paragraph 3 to reach a mutually satisfactory solution, the Community shall have the right:
(a) where there is sufficient evidence that products covered by this Agreement originating in Russia have been imported in circumvention of this Agreement, to set off the relevant quantities against the quantitative limits established under the Agreement;
(b) where sufficient evidence shows false declaration concerning quantities description or classification has occurred, to refuse to import the products in question.
6. The Parties agree to cooperate fully to prevent and to address effectively all problems arising from circumvention of this Agreement.
Article 5
1. The quantitative limits established under this Agreement on imports into the Community of the steel products set out in Annex I shall not be broken down by the Community into regional shares.
2. The Parties shall cooperate in order to prevent sudden and prejudicial changes in traditional trade flows into the Community. Should a sudden and prejudicial change in traditional trade flows arise (including regional concentration or the loss of traditional customers), the Community will be entitled to request consultations in order to find a satisfactory solution to the problem. Such consultations shall be held immediately.
3. Russia shall endeavour to ensure that exports into the Community of products set out in Annex I are spaced out as evenly as possible over the year. Should a sudden and prejudicial surge of imports arise, the Community will be entitled to request consultations in order to find a satisfactory solution to the problem. Such consultations shall be held immediately.
4. In addition to the obligation contained in paragraph 3, where licences issued by the Russian authorities have reached 90 % of the quantitative limits for the calendar year in question, either Party may request consultations concerning the quantitative limits for that year. Such consultations shall be held immediately. Pending the outcome of such consultations, the Russian authorities may continue to issue export licences for the products set out in Annex I provided they do not exceed the quantities set out in Annex II.
Article 6
1. Where any product set out in Annex I is being imported into the Community from Russia under such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause substantial injury to Community producers of like products, the Community shall supply Russia with all relevant information with a view to seeking a solution acceptable to both Parties. The Parties shall commence consultations promptly.
2. Should the consultations referred to in paragraph 1 fail to lead to agreement within 30 days of the Community’s request for consultations, the Community may utilise the right to take action concerning safeguard measures pursuant to the provisions of the PCA.
3. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Agreement, the provisions of Article 18 of the PCA shall apply.
Article 7
1. The classification of the products covered by this Agreement is based on the tariff and statistical nomenclature of the Community, hereinafter called the "combined nomenclature", or in abbreviated form "CN". Any amendment to the combined nomenclature (CN) made in accordance with the procedures in force in the Community concerning the products set out in Annex I or any decision relating to the classification of goods shall not have the effect of reducing the quantitative limits of the products set out Annex II.
2. The origin of the products covered by this Agreement shall be determined in accordance with the rules in force in the Community. Any amendment to these rules of origin shall be communicated to Russia and shall not have the effect of reducing the quantitative limits of this Agreement. The procedures for control of the origin of the products referred to above are laid down in Protocol A.
Article 8
1. Without prejudice to the periodic exchange of information on export licences and import authorisations pursuant to Article 4(1), the Parties agree to exchange available statistical information relating to trade in the products set out in Annex I at appropriate intervals, taking account of the shortest periods in which the information in question is prepared, which shall cover export licences and import authorisations issued pursuant to Article 3 and import and export statistics in respect of the products in question.
2. Either Party may request consultations in the event of any significant discrepancy between the information exchanged.
Article 9
1. Without prejudice to provisions concerning consultations provided for in respect of specific circumstances in preceding Articles, consultations shall be held on any problems arising from the application of this Agreement at the request of either Party. Any consultations shall take place in a spirit of cooperation and with a desire to reconcile the differences between the Parties.
2. Where this Agreement provides that consultations shall be held immediately, the Parties undertake to use all reasonable means to ensure that this is achieved.
3. All other consultations shall be governed by the following provisions:
- any request for consultations shall be notified in writing to the other Party,
- where appropriate, the request shall be followed within a reasonable period by a report setting out the reasons for the consultations,
- consultations shall begin within one month from the date of the request,
- consultations shall endeavour to arrive at a mutually acceptable result within one month of their commencement, unless the period is extended by agreement between the Parties.
Article 10
1. This Agreement shall enter into force on the day of its signature. It shall remain in force until 31 December 2006 subject to any modifications agreed by the Parties and unless it is denounced or terminated in accordance with, respectively, the provisions of paragraphs 3 or 4.
2. Either Party may at any time propose modifications to this Agreement which shall require the mutual consent of the Parties and take effect as agreed by them.
3. Either Party may denounce this Agreement, provided that at least six months’ notice is given. In that event, the Agreement shall come to an end on the expiry of the period of notice and the limits established by this Agreement shall be reduced on a pro rata basis up to the date on which denunciation takes effect unless the Parties decide otherwise.
4. In the event that Russia accedes to the WTO before the expiration of this Agreement, the Agreement shall be terminated as of the date of accession.
5. The Annexes, the agreed minute, the declarations and Protocol A attached to this Agreement shall form an integral part thereof.
Article 11
This Agreement shall be drawn up in duplicate in the Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Russian languages, each of these texts being equally authentic.

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V Moskvě

Udfærdiget i Moskva, den

Geschehen zu Moskau am

Moskva,

Έγινε στις Μόσχα, στις

Done at Moscow,

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Fatto a Mosca, addì

Maskavā,

Priimta Maskvoje

Kelt Moszkvában

Magħmul/a f'Moska

Gedaan te Moskou,

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Feito em Moscovo, em

V Moskve

V Moskvi,

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Utfärdat i Moskva den

Совершено в Москве
+++++ TIFF +++++
Por la Comunidad Europea
Za Evropské společenství
For Det Europæiske Fællesskab
Für die Europäische Gemeinschaft
Euroopa Ühenduse nimel
Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Κοινότητα
For the European Community
Pour la Communauté européenne
Per la Comunità europea
Eiropas Kopienas vārdā
Europos bendrijos vardu
Az Európai Közösség részéről
Għall-Komunità Ewropea
Voor de Europese Gemeenschap
W imieniu Wspólonoty Europejskiej
Pela Comunidade Europeia
Za Európske spoločenstvo
Za Evropsko skupnost
Euroopan yhteisön puolesta
På Europeiska gemenskapens vägnar
За Европейское сообшество
+++++ TIFF +++++
Por la Federación de Rusia
Za Ruskou federaci
For Den Russiske Føderation
Für die Russische Föderation
Venemaa Föderatsiooni nimel
Για τη Ρωσική Ομοσπονδία
For the Russian Federation
Pour la Fédération de Russie
Per la Federazione russa
Krievijas Federācijas vārdā
Rusijos Federacijos vardu
A Orosz Föderáció részéről
Għall-Federazzjoni Russa
Voor de Russische Federatie
W imieniu Federacji Rosyjskiej
Pela Federação da Russa
Za Ruskú federáciu
Za Rusko federacijo
Venäjän federaation puolesta
På ryska federationen vägnar
За Российскую Федерацию
+++++ TIFF +++++
[1] OJ L 327, 28.11.1997, p. 3.
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ANNEX I
SA Flat-rolled products
SA1. Coils
7208100000
7208250000
7208260000
7208270000
7208360000
7208370010
7208370090
7208380010
7208380090
7208390010
7208390090
7211140010
7211190010
7219110000
7219121000
7219129000
7219131000
7219139000
7219141000
7219149000
7225200010
7225301000
7225309000
SA2. Heavy Plate
7208400010
7208512010
7208512091
7208512093
7208512097
7208512098
7208519110
7208519190
7208519810
7208519891
7208519899
7208529110
7208529190
7208521000
7208529900
7208531000
7211130000
SA3. Other flat-rolled products
7208400090
7208539000
7208540000
7208900010
7209150000
7209161000
7209169000
7209171000
7209179000
7209181000
7209189100
7209189900
7209250000
7209261000
7209269000
7209271000
7209279000
7209281000
7209289000
7209900010
7210110010
7210122010
7210128010
7210200010
7210300010
7210410010
7210490010
7210500010
7210610010
7210690010
7210701010
7210708010
7210903010
7210904010
7210908091
7211140090
7211190090
7211233091
7211238091
7211290010
7211900011
7212101000
7212109011
7212200011
7212300011
7212402010
7212402091
7212408011
7212502011
7212503011
7212504011
7212506111
7212506911
7212509013
7212600011
7212600091
7219211000
7219219000
7219221000
7219229000
7219230000
7219240000
7219310000
7219321000
7219329000
7219331000
7219339000
7219341000
7219349000
7219351000
7219359000
7225401290
7225409000
SA4. Alloyed products
7226200010
7226912000
7226919100
7226919900
7226990010
SA5. Alloyed quarto plates
7225401230
7225404000
7225406000
7225990010
SA6. Alloyed cold rolled and coated sheets
7225500000
7225910010
7225920010
7226920010
SB Long products
SB1. Beams
7207198010
7207208010
7216311010
7216311090
7216319000
7216321100
7216321900
7216329100
7216329900
7216331000
7216339000
SB2. Wire rod
7213100000
7213200000
7213911000
7213912000
7213914100
7213914900
7213917000
7213919000
7213991000
7213999000
7221001000
7221009000
7227100000
7227200000
7227901000
7227905000
7227909500
SB3. Other longs
7207191210
7207191291
7207191299
7207205200
7214200000
7214300000
7214911000
7214919000
7214991000
7214993100
7214993900
7214995000
7214997110
7214997190
7214997910
7214997990
7214999510
7214999590
7215900010
7216100000
7216210000
7216220000
7216401000
7216409000
7216501000
7216509100
7216509900
7216990010
7218992000
7222111100
7222111900
7222118110
7222118190
7222118910
7222118990
7222191000
7222199000
7222309710
7222401000
7222409010
7224900289
7224903100
7224903800
7228102000
7228201010
7228201091
7228209110
7228209190
7228302000
7228304100
7228304900
7228306100
7228306900
7228307000
7228308900
7228602010
7228608010
7228701000
7228709010
7228800010
7228800090
7301100000
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ANNEX II
QUANTITATIVE LIMITS
Note: SA and SB are product categories.
SA1 to SA6 and SB1 to SB3 are product groups.
(tonnes) |
Products | 2005 | 2006 |
SA. Flat products
SA1. Coils | 908268 | 930975 |
SA2. Heavy plate | 190593 | 195358 |
SA3. Other flat products | 389741 | 399485 |
SA4. Alloyed products | 97080 | 99507 |
SA5. Alloyed quarto plates | 21509 | 22047 |
SA6. Alloyed cold-rolled and coated sheets | 100095 | 102597 |
SB. Long products
SB1. Beams | 44948 | 46072 |
SB2. Wire rod | 172676 | 176993 |
SB3. Other long products | 292376 | 299685 |
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