Pablo Muñiz

Pablo Muñiz
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Who's Who Legal Trade & Customs: Lawyers

Pablo Muñiz is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office, where he heads the customs practice. He has specialised in EU trade law since 2001, with a particular emphasis on EU customs law. He also advises clients, including a number of trade associations, on other aspects of EU law, such as free movement of goods and the internal market.

Pablo has a wide range of experience in customs law, including customs classification, origin issues, customs valuation controversies; export controls; sanctions; and compliance manuals. 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. Recent matters include Commission case REM 06/08, where he successfully obtained the remission of imports concerning the tariff classification of home cinema devices; representing 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; and C-589/17, Prenatal SA v Tribunal Económico Administrativo Regional de Cataluña (TEARC), currently pending, where the EU Court of Justice will have to address the validity of a Commission REM decision.  

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 (Belgium, Bruges) and a law degree from the University of Oviedo (Spain). He speaks English, Spanish and French.

WWL says: Pablo Muñiz is emphatically praised by clients for his "excellent analytical skills and the high-level quality of his work".

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