EU: Import duties on consumer, professional electronic products eliminated

EU: Import duties on consumer, electronic products

Under a new trade agreement—expected to enter into force 1 July 2016—consumer and professional electronic products currently subject to customs duties upon import into the European Union and other jurisdictions will no longer be subject to import duties.

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) trade agreement on information technology eliminates import duties on a range of electronic products imported into the EU and other markets (e.g., the United States, China, and Switzerland). The product list for which EU import duties will be eliminated includes:

  • Microphones, headphones, earphones, speakers, amplifiers, and their component parts
  • MP3/MP4 players, radio tuners, car stereos, and their component parts
  • DVD, Blu-ray, and HD players and recorders, and their component parts
  • Television cameras and video cameras, and their component parts
  • e-Readers
  • Medical equipment: sophisticated medical equipment such as scanners, machines for magnetic resonance imaging, tomography or dental care and ophthalmology
  • Video games and consoles
  • Multi-component integrated circuits (MCOs)
  • Aerials and aerial reflectors
  • Telecommunication satellites and their component parts
  • Automotive camera modules
  • Thermometers and pyrometers
  • Instruments for aeronautical and space navigation

Once the WTO agreement enters into force, presumably on 1 July 2016, most of the products (approximately 50%) listed in the WTO agreement will be subject to an import duty rate of 0% on import into the EU. For other electronic products, import duties will be gradually eliminated over a three-year period (for “sensitive products,” this phase-out could be up to seven years). The import duties have been eliminated based on the tariff classification of the products. 

KPMG observation

EU importers need to review carefully the tariff classification and product descriptions under the agreement against their product portfolio.


Read an April 2016 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in the Netherlands: ITA: EU import duties on a wide range of electronic products eliminated as of July 1, 2016

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