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Implementing regulation 2012/481 - Rules for the management of a tariff quota for high-quality beef

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Current status

This implementing regulation has been published on June  8, 2012 and entered into force on June 11, 2012.


Key information

official title

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 481/2012 of 7 June 2012 laying down rules for the management of a tariff quota for high-quality beef
Legal instrument Implementing regulation
Number legal act Implementing regulation 2012/481
CELEX number i 32012R0481


Key dates

Document 07-06-2012
Publication in Official Journal 08-06-2012; OJ L 148, 8.6.2012,Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 02 Volume 021
Effect 11-06-2012; Entry into force Date pub. +3 See Art 9
11-06-2012; Application Partial application See Art 9
01-07-2012; Application See Art 9
End of validity 31-12-9999


Legislative text



Official Journal of the European Union

L 148/9



of 7 June 2012

laying down rules for the management of a tariff quota for high-quality beef


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 of 22 October 2007 establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets and on specific provisions for certain agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation) (1), and in particular Article 144(1) and Article 148, in conjunction with Article 4 thereof,




Council Regulation (EC) No 617/2009 (2) opened on a multiannual basis an autonomous import tariff quota for the import of 20 000 tonnes of high-quality beef. That Regulation has been amended by Regulation (EU) No 464/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council (3) which increases the import tariff quota to 21 500 tonnes from the first day of the month following its publication, and to 48 200 tonnes as from 1 August 2012. Tariff quotas for agricultural products are to be managed in conformity with Article 144(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007. Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 617/2009 as amended by Regulation (EU) No 464/2012 provides that the tariff quota is to be managed by the Commission by means of implementing acts, to be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure provided for in Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers (4).



Commission Regulation (EC) No 620/2009 of 13 July 2009 providing for the administration of an import tariff quota for high-quality beef (5) lays down rules for the administration of the tariff quota concerned by applying the simultaneous examination method of import licence applications, as referred to in Article 144(2)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007. Recent experience with the administration of the Union tariff quota for high-quality beef has shown a need to improve the management of this tariff quota. Experience in the use of the first-come, first-served management system referred to in Article 144(2)(a) of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 has been positive in other agricultural sectors. Therefore, in the interest of administrative simplification and in order to avoid any speculative behaviour, the tariff quota concerning the import of high-quality beef originating in third countries should be managed in accordance with Articles 308a and 308b and Article 308c(1) of Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93 of 2 July 1993 laying down provisions for the implementation of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 establishing the Community Customs Code (6), which lays down rules for the management of tariff quotas designed to be used following the chronological order of dates of acceptance of customs declarations. Where imports are managed in accordance with those rules, no import licences should be required any more.



In order to ensure a regular flow of imports, it is appropriate to sub-divide the annual tariff quota into quarterly sub-periods. Appropriate order numbers should be fixed in line with Article 308a(6) of Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93.



Regulation (EC) No 617/2009 establishes that the quota year runs from 1 July to 30 June. In order to ensure a swift transfer from the current simultaneous examination method to the first-come, first-served management system the new management method should apply as from 1 July 2012.



The quantity available for the first quarterly sub-period (1 July to 30 September 2012) should be calculated on a pro-rata basis taking into account the volume of the annual tariff quota applicable...


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