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ECJ stikes down Italian juice importers scam appeal.

A LONG legal battle by an Italian fruit juice concentrate importer resisting a Euro 2.6 million demand for allegedly unpaid import duties has failed at the European Court of Justice's Court of First Instance. Judges refused to find fault with the European Commission, plus the Italian and Turkish customs officials and governments. The case centres on Verona-based CAS--owned by Germany's Steinhauser. Italian customs officials accused CAS of presenting fake Turkish origin documents for fruit juice concentrate--under an EU-Turkey Association Agreement, such products enter the EU duty free. CAS claimed "the competent customs authorities had committed factual errors that it could not have detected": its arguments were dismissed.
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Author:Nuthall, Keith
Publication:International News
Date:Feb 1, 2007
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