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Eu Tariffs

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the total revenue raised from EU tariffs in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) exporting country from outside the EU and (b) EU importing country. [108978]

EU member states operate a common tariff regime applicable, at the external frontier, to imports into the union. No tariffs apply to trade between member states. The revenue from tariffs (customs and agricultural duties) accrues to the EU budget.Details of the total such revenue collected, broken down by importing member state, are published by the Treasury in "European Community Finances". The latest net figures (after deduction of 10 per cent. for collection costs) may be found in the statement on the 2002 EC Budget, July 2002, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House (CM 5547). Details of the total tariff revenue broken down by exporting country outside the EU are not available as such data is not collated or published in the format requested.