ADM succeeds in customs law proceedings before the CJEU with BLOMSTEIN

On 7 April 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed the position of our client ADM in a legal dispute with the German customs authorities (case C-294/14). ADM had brought action against an import duty assessment of the Regional Customs Office of Hamburg before the Finance Court of Hamburg, which submitted the case to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling. The CJEU now confirmed ADM’s legal interpretation of EU customs laws.


According to the CJEU’s ruling, crude palm kernel oils of different
preferential origins do not lose their preferential status where
those products have been mixed in the tank of a vessel at the
time of being transported into the EU provided it can be ruled out
that other products, in particular products not benefiting from
any preferential treatment, have been added to that tank. The
judgment will have an impact on many customs proceedings within
the EU concerning the import of bulk goods, liquids or oils.
ADM was represented by a team of lawyers led by BLOMSTEIN
Partner Dr. Roland M. Stein and including BLOMSTEIN associate
Dr. Florian Wolf. BLOMSTEIN is a regular adviser to the ADM group
on customs and excise tax law. With the above judgment Roland
M. Stein continues his successful work for ADM in the new law firm
BLOMSTEIN which was co-founded by him.

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