The Trade Remedies (Reconsideration and Appeals) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Document Number:2019 No. 910
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 03/06/2019
 
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Statutory Instruments

Exiting The European Union

Customs

Made

8 th May 2019

Laid before the House of Commons

13 th May 2019

Coming into force

3 rd June 2019

The Secretary of State makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 13 , 32(7) and (8) , 51 and 56 of the Taxation (Cross-border) Trade Act 2018(1) , and by paragraphs 30 and 31 of Schedule 4 , and paragraphs 29 and 30 of Schedule 5 , to that Act.

PART 1 Introductory

Citation, commencement and effect

  1. —(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Trade Remedies (Reconsideration and Appeals) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and come into force on 3 rd June 2019.

    (2) These Regulations (with the exception of this regulation) have effect subject to the modifications in Part 4 until the TRA is established.

    (3) Following the establishment of the TRA, any determination or reconsidered decision made by the Secretary of State under Parts 2 and 3 of these Regulations as modified by Part 4 , has effect as though it were a determination or reconsidered decision made by the TRA under the corresponding unmodified provision.

    (4) Following the establishment of the TRA, anything done (or having effect as if done) by the Secretary of State in pursuance of a transitional function has effect as if done by the TRA, so far as that is required for continuing its effect.

    (5) Following the establishment of the TRA, anything done (or having effect as if done) in relation to the Secretary of State in connection with a transitional function has effect as if done in relation to the TRA, so far as that is required for continuing its effect.

    (6) If, on the establishment of the TRA, anything is in the process of being done by or in relation to the Secretary of State in connection with a transitional function, it may, following the establishment of the TRA, be continued by or in relation to the TRA.

    (7) Paragraph (8) applies where—

    (a) the TRA is established after the Secretary of State has made an original decision; and

    (b) whether before or after the establishment of the TRA, an application for reconsideration of that decision is made to the Secretary of State.

    (8) Where this paragraph applies, an application for reconsideration referred to in paragraph (7) is, after the establishment of the TRA, to be treated for all purposes as if it were made to the TRA.

    (9) In this regulation, a “transitional function” is a function which—

    (a) is conferred on the Secretary of State by Part 4 of these Regulations;

    (b) corresponds to a function that will, following the establishment of the TRA, be exercisable by the TRA under Parts 1 to 3 of these Regulations; and

    (c) following the establishment of the TRA, will not be exercisable by the Secretary of State.

    Interpretation

  2. —(1) In these Regulations—

    “the Act” means the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018;

    “application for reconsideration” means an application for reconsideration of an original decision (see chapter 2 of Part 2 of these Regulations);

    “the Dumping and Subsidisation Regulations” means the Trade Remedies (Dumping and Subsidisation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019(2);

    “importer” of goods means a person liable to pay import duty in respect of the goods;

    “interested party” has the meaning given by—

    regulation 2 of the Dumping and Subsidisation Regulations in relation to an investigation or a review conducted under those Regulations;

    regulation 2 of the Safeguards Regulations in relation to an investigation or a review conducted under those Regulations;

    “original decision” has the meaning given by regulation 9(1);

    “overseas exporter” has the meaning given by—

    paragraph 32(1) of Schedule 4 in relation to an investigation or a review conducted under the Dumping and Subsidisation Regulations;

    regulation 2 of the Safeguards Regulations in relation to an investigation or a review conducted under those Regulations;

    “reconsidered decision” has the meaning given by regulation 14(2);

    “the Safeguards Regulations” means the Trade Remedies (Increase in Imports Causing Serious Injury to UK Producers) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019(3);

    “working day” means any day except a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday under section 1 of the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971(4).

    (2) Except as otherwise stated, a reference in these Regulations to a Schedule is a reference to a Schedule to the Act.

    PART 2 General provisions and reconsideration by the TRA

    CHAPTER 1 General provisions

    Deemed Service

  3. Any document submitted to the TRA is deemed to have been submitted to the TRA on the earlier of—

    (a) the first working day after the day on which the document is received by the TRA; or

    (b) the day on which the TRA issues an acknowledgement of receipt.

    Public file

  4. The TRA must, in respect of every reconsideration, establish and maintain a file which is open to the public (a “public file”) containing information, other than confidential information, which the TRA considers material to the reconsideration.

    Confidential information

  5. —(1) Paragraph (3) applies where a person—

    (a) supplies information to the TRA in connection with the exercise by the TRA of any of its functions under these Regulations;

    (b) either—

    (i) requests the TRA to treat that information as confidential on the grounds that that information is by its nature confidential; or

    (ii) supplies that information to the TRA on a confidential basis;

    (c) demonstrates to the TRA good cause as to why the TRA must treat such information as confidential; and

    (d) submits to the TRA—

    (i) a non-confidential summary (see paragraph (6)(a)) of that information; or

    (ii) in exceptional circumstances, a statement of reasons (see paragraph (6)(b)).

    (2) For the purpose of paragraph (1)(b)(i) , information that is by its nature confidential includes information which, if disclosed, would—

    (a) be of significant competitive advantage to a competitor of the person supplying the information; or

    (b) have a significant adverse effect on—

    (i) the person supplying the information; or

    (ii) any person from whom the person supplying the information had acquired it.

    (3) Where this paragraph applies, the TRA must treat such information as confidential.

    (4) The TRA may treat information as confidential where it is supplied to it otherwise than in accordance with paragraph (1) and, where it does so, it must—

    (a) inform the person supplying the information that it intends to treat that information as confidential; and

    (b) request that that person submits a non-confidential summary of that information.

    (5) The Secretary of State must treat as confidential the information supplied by the TRA under regulation 6(2) which the TRA identifies as information that it is treating as confidential under this regulation.

    (6) In this regulation—

    (a) a “non-confidential summary” in relation to information means a sufficiently detailed summary for the public file referred to in regulation 4 (public file) which would enable a person other than the TRA to have a reasonable understanding of—

    (i) the substance of the information to which it relates; and

    (ii) its potential relevance to the exercise of any function by the TRA under these Regulations;

    (b) a “statement of reasons” means a statement setting out the reasons of a person supplying information to the TRA as to why the TRA should treat that information as confidential and why summarisation of that information in accordance with this regulation is not possible.

    Permitted disclosure

  6. —(1) The TRA or the Secretary of State may disclose information which the TRA or the Secretary of State treats as confidential where such disclosure is—

    (a) made with the consent of the person supplying the information;

    (b) made for the purpose of court or tribunal proceedings in the United Kingdom relating to the exercise by the TRA or the Secretary of State of any functions under the Act or these Regulations;

    (c) made for the purpose of an international dispute relating to the exercise by the TRA or the Secretary of State of any functions under the Act or these Regulations; or

    (d) required or permitted by any other enactment or rule of law.

    (2) The TRA may disclose to the Secretary of State information that it is treating as confidential for the purpose of the Secretary of State exercising functions under the Act or these Regulations.

    (3) Where the TRA or the Secretary of State has a discretion to make a disclosure under paragraph (1)(b) , (c) or (d) , the TRA or the Secretary of State must consider whether such disclosure is likely to allow, or result in, such information being made available to a competitor of—

    (a) the person supplying that information; or

    (b) the person to which the information relates.

    (4) In paragraph (1)(d) , reference to an enactment includes an enactment comprised in, or in an instrument made under, an Act of the Scottish Parliament.

    The use of information and facts available to the TRA from secondary sources

  7. —(1) This regulation applies in respect of the exercise by the TRA of functions under these Regulations.

    (2) The TRA must have regard to information referred to in regulation 13(7)(a) to (c) , provided that the information—

    (a) is verifiable;

    (b) has been appropriately submitted such that the TRA may use the information without undue difficulty;

    (c) has been supplied to it within any applicable time limit; and

    (d) where relevant, has been supplied to it in a form that it has requested.

    (3) The TRA may disregard information which it treats as confidential (which it would otherwise have had regard to) where the person supplying that information has not supplied a non-confidential summary or a statement of reasons in accordance with regulation 5 (confidential information) , unless it is satisfied from appropriate sources that such information is correct.

    (4) The TRA may make a determination on the basis of information obtained from secondary sources, including information supplied by a person other than the applicant for...

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