Import tax on networking hardware will not be raised, following a ruling from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that the European Union (EU) broke internationally agreed trade rules by raising import duty on such kit from the US.
Similar rises on PCs will be allowed, however.
The US had put in a bid that the EU should be prohibited from increasing the duty on multimedia PCs from 3.5% to 14% by reclassifying them in the same bracket as video equipment and televisions, but the WTO rejected that assertion in a preliminary report.
Machines carrying CD-Roms or tuners will, however, attract the higher tariffs.
The ruling that LAN hardware - adaptor cards and communications kit - should not be reclassified as telecoms equipment means the duty on these items will remain at 3.5% and not rise to 7.5%, as they will remain in the data processing equipment category.
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