Pablo Muñiz is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office. He has specialised in EU trade law since 2001, with a particular emphasis on EU customs law, including customs classification, origin issues, customs valuation controversies, export controls and sanctions. He regularly advises clients on multi-jurisdictional customs matters involving the European Commission, OLAF and the World Customs Organization (WCO).
Pablo represents clients before national customs administrations, including the Spanish customs administration. His extensive experience extends to litigation before the EU and national courts. Recent cases before the EU Court of Justice include Case C-552/14 P Canon Europa v Commission and Case C-553/14 P Kyocera Mita Europe v Commission, where the Court addressed the issue of whether economic operators could challenge the validity of EU customs measures directly before the EU Courts.
Pablo’s expertise includes representing clients on the submission of remission and repayment requests to the national administrations, as well as before the European Commission and the EU Court of Justice. In Commission case REM 06/08, he successfully obtained the remission of imports concerning the tariff classification of home cinema devices. He also represented Makro Autoservicio Mayorista (Case C-264/15 P) and Vestel Iberia (Case C-265/15 P) in a case concerning the validity of a Commission REM decision, where the Court addressed the effects that such Commission decisions have on economic operators.
He is also involved in WTO disputes, and has assisted governments in a number of WTO disputes including: EU – Anti-Dumping Duties on Malleable Cast Iron Tube or Pipe Fittings from Brazil (DS219); EC-Selected Customs Issues (DS315); and EC and its Member States – Tariff Treatment of Certain Information Technology Products (DS375, 376, 377).
Pablo is widely published and regularly participates in training seminars organised by the WCO as an expert speaker on various customs matters, as well as other conferences such as the ICPA annual conference in Europe. He is on the editorial board of the Trade and Customs Journal.
Pablo holds an LLM in European legal studies from the College of Europe and a law degree from the University of Oviedo. He speaks English, Spanish and French.
WWL says: “A very good customs lawyer, who is fast and responsive.”
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