Imports: Israel

Treasury written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Phyllis Starkey Phyllis Starkey Labour, Milton Keynes South West

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, column 580W, on cosmetics: Israel, what steps HM Revenue and Customs takes in such cases to ensure the place of production and not the business head office is given as place of origin.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Digital Britain) (also HM Treasury), Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) provide specific guidance to importers, which is available at:

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/downloadFile?contentlD=HMCE_PROD1_028744

In cases where there is any doubt as to the actual place of production, the claim to preference will be verified with the issuing authority in Israel.

HMRC has also asked the European Commission to ensure that in its routine monitoring of the operation of the Technical Arrangement it checks that the Israeli authorities are including the actual place of production, rather than a head office, on the proof of origin.

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