FAMILY FOCUS DR COLMAN NOCTOR
Apple could face an EU competition charge sheet in the coming weeks after a complaint by rival Spotify that it unfairly pushed its own music streaming service.
The European Commission could send the statement of objections setting out suspected violations of the EU competition rules to Apple before the summer.
The case is one of four opened by the EU competition enforcer against Apple in June last year. The EU charge sheet usually indicates whether a fine is merited and what companies have to do to halt anti-competitive practices.
The Commission declined to comment.
Apple referred to its March 2019 blog which said its App Store helped Spotify to benefit from hundreds of millions of app downloads to become Europe’s largest music streaming service.
Spotify, in its 2019 complaint to the Commission, said Apple unfairly restricts rivals to its own music streaming service Apple Music and also protested against the 30% fee levied on app developers to use Apple’s in-app purchase system.
In addition to the Spotify case, the Commission is also investigating Apple’s App Stores’ rules for all competing apps, for e-books and audiobooks, as well as its terms and conditions for its mobile payment service Apple Pay.
BTI - Binding Tariff Information
A Binding Tariff Information decision is a written tariff classification of your goods. It’s not a legal requirement, but it provides assurance that your goods have the correct commodity code etc. CPR - Construction Products Regulation
The Construction Products Regulation is European Union legislation that sets out rules for the marketing of construction products in the EU. It is aimed at reducing technical barriers to trade and ensuring the free movement of certain construction products within the EU.
EAD - Export Accompanying Document
Exporters can send Export Accompanying Documents (EAD) to HMRC using a new freepost address for indirect export movements from another member state, where the UK is the Office of Exit and is discharging the EAD.
EHC - Export Health Certificate
An Export Health Certificate and other supporting documents are needed to export a live animal or animal product like food or germplasm.
EIDR - Entry in the Declarant’s Records
Entry in the Declarant’s Records is a simplified procedure. Under this procedure, an economic operator may be authorised to enter certain goods to the customs import procedure at their premises or another approved location.
ENS - Entry Summary Declaration
If you import goods into the UK from outside the EU, you must make an entry summary declaration. This will contain safety and security information about your goods.
GVMS - Goods Vehicle Movement Service
Links declaration references together. This means the person moving goods only needs to present one reference at the frontier to prove that their goods have pre-lodged declarations.
ICS - Import Control System
Designed to incorporate: the lodging, handling and processing of ENS in advance of the arrival of goods; the handling of UK
(Air) port diversions; the issue of a Movement Reference Number (MRN) – the MRN is a customs computer system generated number that is automatically allocated.
MRN - Master Reference Number
A Master Reference Number is generated by CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) for each direct or indirect export declaration. It’s used to identify the consignment within the EU and at the office of exit.
NCTS - The New Computerised Transit System
The NCTS is a European-wide system, based upon electronic declaration and processing, designed to provide better management and control of CT (Community Transit). It’s used in the UK, all EU member states, common transit countries and Andorra. Each country’s own NCTS processing system is connected, through a central domain in Brussels, to all of the other countries.
S&S - Safety & Security
It is mandatory for carriers to provide the UK customs authority with advance information, by way of ENS, for goods being brought into the UK from outside the EU. The EU safety and security regulations require that carriers or their authorised representatives lodge electronic entry summary declarations (ENS), also known as safety and security declarations, at the first (air) port of entry into the UK at a prescribed time ahead of the arrival of goods into the UK from outside the EU.
TAD - Transit Accompanying Document
Although the NCTS is a largely paperless system, a covering document known as the TAD must accompany the goods during transit and be presented, together with the goods, at any office of transit en route and at the office of destination.
TSS - Trader Support Service’
At the end of the transition period when the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force there will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If your business is impacted by these changes, you may want to consider the Trader Support Service.