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Fur Imports

Volume 402: debated on Thursday 3 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and industry (1) what customs classifications apply to animal furs being imported into the country; and if she will make a statement; [105357](2) how many fur pelts have been imported under the customs classification of other fur since January 2000; and if she will make a statement. [105356]

The commodity headings used, since 2000, for classifying animal furs being imported into the United Kingdom are given in the table. The classification is based on the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System, which incorporates the Combined Nomenclature of the European Communities. Within the UK, responsibility for the classification lies primarily with HM Customs and Excise.

Commodity

Description

Note

43011000Raw furskins of mink, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43012000Raw furskins of rabbit or hare, whole, with or without head, tail or paws

(a)

43013000Raw furskins of lamb, the following: Astrakhan, Broadtail, Caracul, Persian and similar lambs, Indian, Chinese, Mongolian or Tibetan lambs, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43014000Raw furskins of beaver, whole, with or without head, tail or paws

(a)

43015000Raw furskins of muskrat, whole, with or without head, tail or paws

(a)

43016000Raw furskins of fox, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43017010Raw furskins of whitecoat pups of harp seal and of pups of hooded seal (blue-backs), whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43017090Raw furskins of other seal, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43018010Raw furskins of sea otter or of nutria (coypu), whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43018030Raw furskins of marmot, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43018050Raw furskins of wild felines, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43018090Other raw furskins, whole, with or without head, tail or paws

(a)

43018095Other raw furskins (including rabbit, hare, beaver or muskrat), whole, with or without head, tail or paws

(b)

43019000Raw heads, tails, paws and other pieces or cuttings, suitable for furriers' use
43021100Tanned or dressed furskins of mink, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021200Tanned or dressed furskins of rabbit or hare, whole, with or without head, tail or paws

(c)

43021935Tanned or dressed furskins of rabbit or hare, whole, with or without head, tail or paws

(d)

43021300Tanned or dressed furskins of lamb, the following: Astrakhan, Broadtail, Caracul, Persian and similar lambs, Indian, Chinese, Mongolian or Tibetan lambs, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021910Tanned or dressed furskins of beaver, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021920Tanned or dressed furskins of muskrat, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021930Tanned or dressed furskins of fox, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021941Tanned or dressed furskins of whitecoat pups of harp seal and of pups of hooded seal (blue-backs), whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021949Tanned or dressed furskins of other seal, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021950Tanned or dressed furskins of sea otter or of nutria (coypu), whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021960Tanned or dressed furskins of marmot, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021970Tanned or dressed furskins of wild felines, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021980Tanned or dressed furskins of sheep or lambs, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43021995Other tanned or dressed furskins, whole, with or without head, tail or paws
43022000Tanned or dressed heads, tails, paws and other pieces or cuttings, suitable for furriers' use
43023010"Dropped" furskins
43023021Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of mink
43023025Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of rabbit or hare
43023031Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of lamb, the following: Astrakhan, Broadtail, Caracul, Persian and similar lambs, Indian, Chinese, Mongolian or Tibetan lambs
43023035Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of beaver
43023041Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of muskrat
43023045Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of fox
43023051Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of whitecoat pups of harp seal and of pups of hooded seal (blue-backs)
43023055Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of other seal
43023061Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of sea-otter or nutria (coypu)
43023065Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of marmot
43023071Whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped", of wild felines
43023075Other whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped"

Notes:

From 2002, the four codes indicated by (a) were replaced by the one code indicated by (b). Changes such as these are negotiated as part of the continuing process of international harmonisation of customs codes negotiated at the World Customs Organisation and at EU level in the General Rules Committee. Also from 2002, the code indicated by (c) was replaced by the code indicated by (d).

UK imports of fur classified under "other" categories, since January 2000, in metric tonnes, are given in the table. In 2002 imports of furs classified as "other" were

Commodity code

Description

2000

2001

2002

January 2003

43018090Other raw furskins, whole, with or without head, tail or paws9.5859.0

(e)

(e)

43018095Other raw furskins, whole, with or without head, tail or paws

(e)

(e)

27.42.4
43021995Other tanned or dressed furskins, whole, with or without head, tail or paws129.266.660.63.2
43022000Tanned or dressed heads, tails, paws and other pieces or cuttings, suitable for furriers' use3.31.51.10.0
43023075Other whole furskins and pieces or cuttings thereof, assembled other than "dropped"24.024.820.10.4

(e) Until 2001, raw furskins of rabbit or hare, beaver and muskrat were separately identified. Since 2002 any imports of these products would have been included under code 43018095 as explained in notes concerning commodity codes (a) and (b) in the previous table.

a third lower than in 2000 and nearly 90 per cent. lower than in 2001, despite including some additional products, as described under note (e) to the table.