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EU Ministers open duty free quotas for plastics materials.

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) Council of Ministers has authorised for an additional year duty-free quota for imports into the EU of plastics and polymers during 2011. The decision covers a 2 million square metres of co-extruded trilayer poly(vinyl butyral) film without a graduated colour band containing 29%-31% of 2,2'-ethylenedioxydiethyl bis(2-ethylhexanoate) as a plasticiser; 1,000 tonnes of propylene-butylene copolymer, containing 60%-68% of propylene and 32%-40% butylene, of a melt viscosity of not more than 3 000 mPa at 190C; and 8,000 tonnes of polyvinyl butyral; 1,300 tonnes of polydimethylsiloxane with a degree of polymerisation of 2,800 monomer units.

A note from the European Commission--which proposed the quotas--said the decision had been made "to ensure sufficient and uninterrupted supplies of certain goods which are insufficiently produced in the [European] Union ..."

All these quotas were also on the 2010 list. The EU reviews such duty concessions annually, adding, removing and changing quotas.
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Author:Nuthall, Keith
Publication:International News
Date:Dec 1, 2010
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