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Case 18/87 Live Animal Imports [1988]

Case 18/87 Commission of the European Communities v Federal Republic of Germany (Live Animal Imports) [1988]


  • Germany charged a fee for inspection costs of live animals upon their import


  • Was this fee contrary to the EU’s common customs policy (now Art 28 TFEU)?


  • No


  • Any charge on imports would usually be classed as a customs duty, which would be prohibited
  • This particular charge constituted payment for an actual economic service which fulfilled obligations under EU law
  • The charge was economically justifiable
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