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FAS opens case against Federal Customs Service for iPad favoritism

 |  April 29, 2012

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has launched formal proceedings against the Federal Customs Service for exempting iPads from customs duties. The decision to open a case comes after an investigation that determined that Apple is the only tablet manufacturer that is excluded from paying import fees. The Federal Customs Service had classified tablets with built-in GPS modules as navigators, thereby causing manufacturers to pay a 5 percent import duty.

The iPad, on the other hand, is classified a computer, which protects it from having to pay import fees. The FAS suspects the Federal Customs Service of giving Apple preferential treatment. According to the FAS, the Customs Service rejected a proposal that would have eliminted customs duties for all tablets.

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