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Safeguard measures

A safeguard investigation may lead to quantitative restrictions on imports of the investigated product (import or tariff quota) from any non-EU country and surveillance (a system of automatic import licensing).

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Import quotas should not be lower than the average level of imports over the last three representative years for which statistics are available.

In several cases, the Commission has imposed tariff quotas allowing imports in excess of the quota, subject to additional duty

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EU knocks down barriers to exports of ceramic tiles

As of today, 31 March 2022, EU exporters of ceramic tiles will no longer need to undergo redundant testing or product audits when they export to Saudi Arabia, meaning exporting will become cheaper, faster and more predictable.