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Origin Marking: Israel

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the European Court of Justice's ruling on goods from Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank on his Department's policies on food imports. (320608)

The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in the case of C-386/08 (Brita-Gmbh) concerned the procedures which a EU member state's customs authority should follow in a case where imported goods are shown as being of Israeli origin, and preferential customs tariff treatment is claimed under the EC-Israel Association Agreement, but where there is reason to suppose that the goods in question did in fact originate in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs).

This ruling will have no effect on DEFRA's policies on food imports originating in the OPTs, since the Court's ruling confirms the correctness of the procedures that are already operated in the UK by HM Revenue and Customs. There are no inconsistencies between the Court's ruling and the technical guidance concerning the labelling of produce grown in the OPTs that was issued by DEFRA on 10 December 2009.