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Trader Notice No. 001 of 2011:

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) would like to advise that new provisions have been introduced by European Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 1287/2011 dated 9th December 2011(copy attached) in relation to the importation of fresh bananas.

With effect from 1st January 2012, this Regulation has removed the requirement for Import Licences for fresh bananas falling within CN code 0803 0019.

Import licences with expiry dates falling on or after 1st January 2012, which are not required to cover banana imports up to 31st December 2011, may be returned to the Department for full release of security whether or not licences are fully used.

Notification of wholesale prices for bananas is still required to be submitted weekly to the Department.

Please contact Catherine Halley or Imelda Whelan if you need any further information.

Catherine Halley 01 6072037

Imelda Whelan 01 6072174