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Rules and Practices of the Inter-European Trade in Potatoes

November 7 2016 by NEIKER
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The economic evolution of Europe requires an on-going adaptation of trading behaviour and in particular of the Rules and Practices of the profession. The first European rules were established as early as 1956 through the efforts of the European Union for the Wholesale Trade in Potatoes, which became EUROPATAT, in defining professional practices and setting up a simple and efficient procedure for expert assessments and arbitration, known ever since by the acronym RUCIP.

The formation in 1964 of the RUCIP EUROPEAN COMMITTEE, grouping together EUROPATAT and the Cooperatives of the European Confederation of Agriculture (CEA), whose representative responsibilities had been taken over by INTERCOOP EUROPE, provided the justification for a new edition of RUCIP. This was taken in hand by the Committee who filled various gaps that had become apparent through trade practice. However, RUCIP had been set up only for trade between countries and could not be used for transactions within National boundaries.

When, in 1970, the European Union of Potato Processing Industries joined the RUCIP EUROPEAN COMMITTEE the common wish of the three organisations to standardise the different National codes, having in view a common European market and taking account of developments in the economic situation of potatoes, led the RUCIP EUROPEAN COMMITTEE in 1972 to rework the Rules and Practices including the rules governing expert assessments and arbitration.

In 1986, the RUCIP EUROPEAN COMMITTEE decided to issue a modified edition of RUCIP - replacing the edition of 1972 - for all contracts referring to RUCIP concluded from 1 Sept. 1987. RUCIP was been modified in 1993, 2000 and in 2006.

All these consecutive modifications have made it necessary to simplify RUCIP and bring it up to date. This latest edition, RUCIP 2012, comes into force on 1 March 2012.

Without cancelling any national rules, which is in any case not within their powers, the three professional organisations:

- EUROPATAT Rue de Trèves 49-51 bte8, B – 1040 BRUSSELS

- INTERCOOP EUROPE c/o Aveve n.v. Minderbroederstraat 8, B-3000 LEUVEN

- EUPPA (European Potato Processor’s Association) Kerkstraat72, B-9160 LOKEREN

who make up the RUCIP EUROPEAN COMMITTEE recommend all their members to use for their National and European transactions the current Rules and Practices and the Rules governing expert assessments and arbitration, whose acronym remains RUCIP, under which name these rules have been tried and tested.

Year: 2012
Document relevant to the topics: Research and Innovation
Document relevant to the regions and countries: EU and Others
Type of document: Regulation and Standards
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