EC TO TIGHTEN MILITARY IMPORTS

EC TO TIGHTEN MILITARY IMPORTS

The European Community Commission said it will tighten the list of imported duty-free military goods, claiming it is losing 200 million European currency units ($246 million) every year.

The EC's executive body also wants to ensure that all 12 member states are levying duties on goods that are not on the duty-free list.A commission spokesman said the new legislation should be adopted before the end of this year.

Currently, warships, military weapons except small arms, spares and accessories are duty-free in accordance with the common customs tariff.

Under the planned commission proposal, strategic weapons would remain exempted from duties but basic equipment would not.