Overseas Trade: Israel

Treasury written question – answered on 27th July 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Government collected from the (a) importation and (b) sale in the UK of goods sourced, packaged or grown on Israeli settlements which the UN has declared illegal in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

The Government are unable to provide the information requested. The Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories do not have a separate country code. Consequently, it is not possible for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to separately identify imports from the Israeli Settlements. However, since 2000 HMRC has issued demands for around £482,000 customs duty on approximately 1,000 consignments of products imported into the UK from Settlements where preferential tariff rates under the EC-Israel Association Agreement had been incorrectly claimed.

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