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ECJ verdict: The British did very little against customs fraud

Status: 08.03.2022 3:45 pm

For years, Great Britain has been importing Chinese textiles and footwear at enormously low prices – thus violating EU law. The European Court of Justice has largely accepted the case involving the EU Commission.

From 2011 to 2017, the United Kingdom reduced taxes on imports from China, causing major financial damage to the EU. This was decided by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, thus largely confirming the EU Commission’s case against Great Britain.

In particular, it relates to some imports of textiles and footwear shipped from China to the EU via Great Britain between 2011 and 2017. According to the court, the country did not adequately control supplies and in some cases did not levy appropriate customs duties. In addition, the EU Commission did not have the information needed to accurately calculate fees.

The extent of the damage must be recalculated

The EU Commission has complained that the EU lost revenue of 7 2.7 billion due to undeclared or under-reported goods.

At this point, however, the ECJ’s judges did not follow suit: there was insufficient evidence for the 2. 2.7 billion damage. The Commission must now recalculate the amount.

ECJ is efficient despite Brexit

It was also reported that the EU Anti-Fraud Commission had informed Great Britain of problems with its tariff practice. But the country did not react.

Despite Brexit, the ECJ is responsible for this case because from 2011 to 2017 the United Kingdom was still a member of the European Union.