Optical-fibre cables (Tariff notice 19)

Changes to the Tariff on optical-fibre cables.

A new regulation published on 24 May 2019.

This is not considered a change in UK practice.

Change to regulation C179/4: Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union

(2019/C 179/05)

Pursuant to Article 9(1)(a) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 (1), the Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union (2) are hereby amended as follows:

On page 370, the explanatory note to CN subheading ‘8544 70 00 Optical-fibre cables’ is replaced by the following:

8544 70 00 - Optical fibre cables

This subheading also includes optical-fibre cables, designed for example for telecommunication use, made up of one or more optical fibres of heading 9001 which are individually coated with a dual layer of acrylate polymer.

The coating consists of an inner layer of soft acrylate and an outer layer of hard acrylate, the latter may be coloured or coated by a layer of different colours to permit the identification of the fibres.

The optical fibres are individually sheathed by the dual layer coating; they do not form an optical fibre cable of heading 8544 by themselves until placed in a protective casing.

The dual layer coating of the individual optical fibres provides protection and structural integrity, for example by protecting the individual fibres against fracture and abrasion.

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This Tariff notice is published for information purposes only.

Published 11 June 2019