GERMANY: Food importer wins ECJ battle over duties
A German food importer has persuaded the European Court of Justice to block a demand by the European Commission to pay duties owed after fraudsters abused EU transit rules to sell its poultry on the black market. Brussels had investigated complaints that Food Trading's imported poultry was being sold very cheaply in Germany and discovered consignments officially destined for the Canary Islands had been diverted by corrupt employees. Under EU transit rules, duty is payable to the destination country, but the poultry never arrived in Spain, with officials being fooled by false transit documents. The company successfully claimed that Brussels' application for duty contained legal errors.
Get full access to all content, just $1 for 30 days
A Message From The Editor
just-food gives you the widest food market coverage.
Paid just-food members have unlimited access to all our exclusive content - including 17 years of archives.
I am so confident you will love complete access to our content that today I can offer you 30 days access for $1.
It’s our best ever membership offer – just for you.
Dean Best, editor of just-food
- Interview: Sir Kensington's on sale to Unilever
- Analysis: Post discusses rationale for Weetabix
- Who will buy Danone's Stonyfield business?
- Interview: "Disruptive" snack brand Hippeas
- Column: Why snacking is the new meal
- Unilever buys US condiments maker Sir Kensington's
- Nestle organic growth slows but beats expectations
- Dairy dampens Danone in Q1
- Icelandic to sell Saucy Fish Co. owner Seachill
- Ice cream helps Unilever sales, food flat