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Parliamentary questions
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29 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Derk Jan Eppink
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Customs tariffs on cat scratching posts

Implementing Regulations (EU) No 350/2014 and (EU) No 1229/2013 stipulate that articles covered with textiles which are intended for use by cats for climbing, scratching or hiding in must be assigned to CN Code 6307 90 98 and be regarded as textile products. The customs tariff applicable to them is 6.3%, the same as for textile products such as bedsheets, because the exterior of a scratching post partly consists of textiles, which cats scratch. Typically, cat scratching posts more closely resemble furniture, to which no customs tariff applies. Research by Feldman (1994) and Vinke (2014) shows that textiles are not essential for cat scratchers. Soft wood and cardboard can replace textile external surfaces.

Is the Commission aware of this problem?

If so, what has it done about it?

If not, does it intend to remedy the situation, as scratching posts are items of furniture nowadays and there is therefore a need to reclassify them and alter the customs tariff applicable to them accordingly?

Original language of question: NL
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