Commission Regulation (EC) No 2171/2004 of 17 December 2004 laying down rules for the management and distribution of textile quotas established for the year 2005 under Council Regulation (EC) No 517/94


Published: 2004-12-17

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18.12.2004   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 371/20


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 2171/2004

of 17 December 2004

laying down rules for the management and distribution of textile quotas established for the year 2005 under Council Regulation (EC) No 517/94

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 517/94 of 7 March 1994 on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Community import rules, (1) and in particular Article 17(3) and (6) and Article 21(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Regulation (EC) No 517/94 established quantitative restrictions on imports of certain textile products originating in certain third countries to be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

(2)

Under that Regulation it is possible, in certain circumstances, to use other allocation methods, to divide quotas into tranches, or to reserve a proportion of a specific quantitative limit exclusively for applications which are supported by evidence of the results of past import performance.

(3)

Rules for management of the quotas established for 2005 should be adopted before the quota year begins so that the continuity of trade flows is not affected unduly.

(4)

The measures adopted in previous years, such as those in Commission Regulation (EC) No 2308/2003 establishing rules for the management and distribution of textile quotas established for the year 2004 under Council Regulation (EC) No 517/94 (2), proved to be satisfactory and it is therefore appropriate to adopt similar rules for 2005 whilst excluding the adjustments made in Regulation (EC) No 2308/2003 to take account of the enlargement of the European Union from 1 May 2004.

(5)

In order to satisfy the greatest possible number of operators it is appropriate to make the ‘first come, first served’ allocation method more flexible by placing a ceiling on the quantities which can be allocated to each operator by that method.

(6)

To guarantee a degree of continuity in trade and efficient quota administration, operators should be allowed to make their initial import authorisation application for 2005 equivalent to the quantity which they imported in 2004.

(7)

To achieve optimum use of the quantities, an operator who has used up at least one half of the amount already authorised should be permitted to apply for a further amount, provided that quantities are available in the quotas.

(8)

For the sake of sound administration, import authorisations should be valid for nine months from the date of issue but only until the end of the year at the latest. Member States should issue licences only after being notified by the Commission that quantities are available and only if an operator can prove the existence of a contract and can certify, in the absence of a specific provision to the contrary, that he has not already been allocated a Community import authorisation under this Regulation for the categories and countries concerned. The competent national authorities should, however, be authorised, in response to importers’ applications, to extend by three months and up to 31 March 2006 licences of which at least one half has been used by the application date.

(9)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Textile Committee established by Article 25 of Regulation (EC) No 517/94,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

The purpose of this Regulation is to lay down rules on the management of quantitative quotas for imports of certain textile products set out in Annexes IIIB and IV to Regulation (EC) No 517/94 for the year 2005.

Article 2

The quotas referred to in Article 1 shall be allocated according to the chronological order of receipt by the Commission of Member States’ notifications of applications from individual operators, for amounts not exceeding the maximum quantities per operator set out in Annex I.

The maximum quantities shall not, however, apply to operators able to prove to the competent national authorities, when making their first application for 2005, that, in respect of given categories and given third countries, they imported more than the maximum quantities specified for each category pursuant to import licences granted to them for 2004.

In the case of such operators, the competent authorities may authorise imports not exceeding the quantities imported in 2004 from given third countries and in given categories, provided that enough quota capacity is available.

Article 3

Any importer who has already used up 50 % or more of the amount allocated to him under this Regulation may make a further application, in respect of the same category and country of origin, for amounts not exceeding the maximum quantities laid down in Annex I.

Article 4

1.   The competent national authorities listed in Annex II may, from 10.00 a.m. on 4 January 2005, notify the Commission of the amounts covered by requests for import authorisations.

The time fixed in the first subparagraph shall be understood as Brussels time.

2.   The competent national authorities shall issue authorisations only after being notified by the Commission pursuant to Article 17(2) of Regulation (EC) No 517/94 that quantities are available for importation.

They shall issue authorisations only if an operator:

(a)

proves the existence of a contract relating to the provision of the goods and,

(b)

certifies in writing that, in respect of the categories and countries concerned:

(i)

he has not already been allocated an authorisation under this Regulation, or

(ii)

he has been allocated an authorisation under this Regulation but has used up at least 50 % of it.

3.   Import authorisations shall be valid for nine months from the date of issue, but until 31 December 2005 at the latest.

The competent national authorities may, however, at the importer’s request, grant a three-month extension for authorisations which are at least 50 % used up at the time of the request. Such extension shall in no circumstances expire later than 31 March 2006.

Article 5

This Regulation shall enter into force on 1 January 2005.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 17 December 2004.

For the Commission

Peter MANDELSON

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 67, 10.3.1994, p.1; Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1877/2004 (OJ L 326, 29.10.2004, p. 25).

(2)  OJ L 342, 29.12.2003, p. 13.


ANNEX I

Maximum amounts referred to in Articles 2 and 3

Country concerned

Category

Unit

Maximum amount

North Korea

1

Kilograms

10 000

2

Kilograms

10 000

3

Kilograms

10 000

4

Pieces

10 000

5

Pieces

10 000

6

Pieces

10 000

7

Pieces

10 000

8

Pieces

10 000

9

Kilograms

10 000

12

Pairs

10 000

13

Pieces

10 000

14

Pieces

10 000

15

Pieces

10 000

16

Pieces

10 000

17

Pieces

10 000

18

Kilograms

10 000

19

Pieces

10 000

20

Kilograms

10 000

21

Pieces

10 000

24

Pieces

10 000

26

Pieces

10 000

27

Pieces

10 000

28

Pieces

10 000

29

Pieces

10 000

31

Pieces

10 000

36

Kilograms

10 000

37

Kilograms

10 000

39

Kilograms

10 000

59

Kilograms

10 000

61

Kilograms

10 000

68

Kilograms

10 000

69

Pieces

10 000

70

Pieces

10 000

73

Pieces

10 000

74

Pieces

10 000

75

Pieces

10 000

76

Kilograms

10 000

77

Kilograms

5 000

78

Kilograms

5 000

83

Kilograms

10 000

87

Kilograms

10 000

109

Kilograms

10 000

117

Kilograms

10 000

118

Kilograms

10 000

142

Kilograms

10 000

151A

Kilograms

10 000

151B

Kilograms

10 000

161

Kilograms

10 000

Serbia and Montenegro (1)

1

Kilograms

20 000

2

Kilograms

20 000

2a

Kilograms

10 000

3

Kilograms

10 000

5

Pieces

10 000

6

Pieces

10 000

7

Pieces

10 000

8

Pieces

10 000

9

Kilograms

10 000

15

Pieces

10 000

16

Pieces

10 000

67

Kilograms

10 000


(1)  Including Kosovo as defined by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10 June 1999.


ANNEX II

List of licensing offices referred to in Article 4

1.

Belgium

 

2.

Cyprus

Ministerie van Economische Zaken

Bestuur Economische Betrekkingen

Dienst Vergunningen

Generaal Lemanstraat 60

B-1040 Brussel

Tel. (32-2) 206 58 11

Fax (32-2) 230 83 22

Ministère des Affaires Économiques

Adm. des Relations Économiques

Service des licences

Rue Général Leman 60

B-1040 Bruxelles

Tel. (32-2) 206 58 11

Fax (32-2) 230 83 22

Υπουργείο Εμπορίου, Βιομηχανίας και Τουρισμού

Διεύθυνση Εμπορίου Οδός Ανδρέα Αραούζου 6

CY-1421 Λευκωσία

Tel. (357-2) 86 71 00

Fax (357-2) 37 51 20

3.

Czech Republic

Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu

Licenční správa

Na Františku 32

CZ-110 15 Praha 1

Tel. (420-2) 24 90 71 11

Fax (420-2) 24 21 21 33

4.

Denmark

Erhvervs- og Byggestyrelsen

Økonomi- og Erhvervsministeriet

Vejlsøvej 29

DK-8600 Silkeborg

Tel. (45-35) 46 64 30

Fax (45-35) 46 64 01

5.

Germany

Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA)

Frankfurter Straße 29—35

D-65760 Eschborn

Tel. (49 61) 969 08-0

Fax (49 61) 969 42 26

6.

Greece

Υπουργείο Οικονομίας και Οικονομικών

Γενική Γραμματεία Διεθνών Σχέσεων

Γενική Διεύθυνση Σχεδιασμού και Διαχείρισης Πολιτικής

Διεύθυνση Διεθνών Οικονομικών Ροών

Κορνάρου 1

GR-10563 Αθήνα

Tel. (30-210) 328 60 31-5

Fax (30-210) 328 60 94

7.

Spain

Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio

Secretaría General de Comercio Exterior

Paseo de la Castellana, 162

E-28046 Madrid

Tel. (34-91) 349 38 17, 349 37 48

Fax (34-91) 563 18 23, 349 38 31

8.

Estonia

Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium

Harju 11

EE-15072 Tallinn

Tel. (372-6) 256 400

Fax (372-6) 313 660

9.

France

Ministère de l'Économie, des Finances et de l'Industrie

Direction Générale de l'Industrie, des Technologies de l'Information et des Postes

Service des Industries Manufacturières (SIM)

Mission Textile-Importations

Le Bervil, 12 rue Villiot

F-75572 Paris CEDEX 12

Tel. (33-1) 44 87 17 17

Fax (33-1) 53 44 91 81

10.

Hungary

Magyar Kereskedelmi Engedélyezési Hivatal

Margit krt. 85.

H-1024 Budapest

Postafiók: 1537 Budapest Pf. 345.

Tel. (36-1) 336 73 00

Fax (36-1) 336 73 02

11.

Ireland

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Internal Market

Kildare Street

IRL-Dublin 2

IRELAND

Tel. (353-1) 631 21 21

Fax (353-1) 631 28 26

12.

Italy

Ministero del Commercio con l'Estero

Direzione Generale per la Politica Commerciale e per la Gestione del Regime degli Scambi

DIV. III

Viale America 341

I-00144 Roma

Tel. (39-06) 59 64 75 17, 59 93 22 02/22 15

Fax (39-06) 59 93 22 35/22 63

Telex (39-06) 59 64 75 31

13.

Latvia

Ekonomikas ministrija

Brīvības iela 55

LV-1519 Rīga

Tel. (371) 701 30 06

Fax (371) 728 08 82

14.

Lithuania

Lietuvos Respublikos Ūkio Ministerija

Gedimino Ave 38/2

LT-2600 Vilnius

Tel. (370-5) 262 50 30/(370-5) 262 87 50

Fax (370-5) 262 39 74

15.

Luxembourg

Ministère des Affaires Etrangères

Office des licences

Boîte postale 113

L-2011 Luxembourg

Tel. (352) 478 23 71

Fax (352) 46 61 38

16.

Malta

Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

Trade Services Directorate, Commerce Division Lascaris

MT-Valletta CMR02 Malta

Tel. (356-21) 24 68 00

Fax (356-2) 12 515 15

17.

Netherlands

Belastingdienst/Douane

Centrale dienst voor in- en uitvoer

Engelse Kamp 2

Postbus 30003

NL-9700 RD Groningen

Nederland

Tel. (31-50) 523 91 11

Fax (31-50) 523 22 10

18.

Poland

Ministerstwo Gospodarki, Pracy i Polityki Społecznej

Pl. Trzech Krzyży 3/5

PL-00-950 Warszawa

Tel. (48-22) 693 55 53

Fax (48-22) 693 40 21

19.

Portugal

Ministério das Finanças

Direcção Geral das Alfândegas e dos Impostos Especiais sobre o Consumo

Rua Terreiro do Trigo

Edifício da Alfândega

PT-1149-060 Lisboa

Tel. (351-21) 881 42 63

Fax (351-21) 881 42 61

E-mail: dsl@dgaiec.min-financas.pt

20.

Slovakia

Ministerstvo Hospodárstva SR

Odbor výkonu obchodno-politických opatrení

Mierová 19

SK-827 15 Bratislava

Tel. (421-2) 43 42 39 13/(421-2) 48 54 21 60

Fax (421-2) 43 42 39 19

21.

Slovenia

Ministrstvo za gospodarstvo

Področje ekonomskih odnosov s tujino

Kotnikova 5

SL-1000 Ljubljana

Tel. (386-1) 478 35 42

Fax (386-1) 478 36 11

22.

United Kingdom

Department of Trade and Industry

Import Licensing Branch

Queensway House

West Precinct

Billingham

UK-TS23 2NF

United Kingdom

Tel. (44-1642) 36 43 33, 36 43 34

Fax (44-1642) 53 35 57

23.

Austria

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit

Aussenwirtschaftsadministration

Abteilung C2/2

Stubenring 1

A-1011 Wien

Tel. (43-1) 711 00-0

Fax (43-1) 711 00-83 86

24.

Sweden

National Board of Trade

(Kommerskollegium)

Box 6803

S-113 86 Stockholm

Tel. (46-8) 690 48 00

Fax (46-8) 30 67 59

25.

Finland

Tullihallitus/Tullstyrelsen

Erottajankatu/Skillnadsatan 2

FIN-00101 Helsinki/Helsingfors

Tel. (358-9) 61 41

Fax (358-20) 92 28 52