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Eu-Israel Association Agreement

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made with the composition of duty on goods imported to the UK claiming preference under the EU-Israel Association Agreement but where the goods involved are believed to originate in illegal Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights or the Occupied Palestinian Territories. [114847]

As at 16 May 2003, Customs have sent 41 verification requests to the Israeli authorities covering 332 claims to preference. Duty totalling £20,095 has been demanded from importers following exhaustion of the verification process.