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EU amends Regulation on alcohol denaturing for excise duty exemption by Nick Boley
February 22, 2013, 09:44
Filed under: Customs, EU Information, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

The European Commission have published a new regulation – Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 162/2013 – which amends the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 3199/93 on the mutual recognition of procedures for the complete denaturing of alcohol for the purposes of exemption from excise duty.

It provides a full list of substances which are authorised for use throughout the European Union for the complete denaturing of alcohol, and confirms that the denaturing procedure to be used in all Member States should consist of a mixture of 3 litres of isopropyl alcohol (IPA), 3 litres of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) and of 1 gram of denatonium benzoate per hectolitre of absolute alcohol.

It also lists additional denaturing procedures which are permitted for use in some individual Member States.

The determination of denaturants according to EU Regulation is undertaken in appropriate laboratories in order to confirm that duty-exempt alcohol is correctly denatured.

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