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.