*NEWS*EU:INK CTGS ARE NOW OFFICIALLY INK

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*NEWS*EU:INK CTGS ARE NOW OFFICIALLY INK

 user 2007-05-07 at 11:08:00 am Views: 67
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    EU:Ink cartridges are now officially ink
    May
    2007In a landmark judicial ruling, the European Court of Justice has
    finally declared that printer ink-jet cartridges are a form of ink.

    The
    decision overturns an earlier ruling from another authority that they
    weren’t ink, they were printer parts.The case was brought to resolve
    the issue of whether ink-jet cartridges were subject to import duty.
    Now that ink cartridges are officially ink, importers must pay a 6.5%
    tariff – whereas previously, when the VAT and Duties Tribunal decided
    they were parts, they were exempt.

    Epson Telford Ltd, importers
    of the printers, had argued that the cartridges were an essential to
    the printer, which could not operate without them being in place, and
    that therefore they were parts. But the judge concluded that ‘the
    purpose of the cartridge is to provide the ink,’ and therefore they
    were ink.Mr Justice Henderson said in his decision: ‘This may sound
    like a statement of the blindingly obvious.’However, he added, ‘but in
    my judgment it is important in an area as technical as this not to lose
    sight of the wood for the trees, and not to be distracted by technical
    features and refinements.’