Official Journal of the European Union
Request for a preliminary ruling from the Supremo Tribunal Administrativo (Portugal) lodged on 11 February 2022 — Companhia de Distribuição Integral Logística Portugal, S.A. v Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
Language of the case: Portuguese
Supremo Tribunal Administrativo
Parties to the main proceedings
Appellant: Companhia de Distribuição Integral Logística Portugal, S.A.
Respondent: Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
Do the quantitative limits on the release for consumption established by Article 106 of the Código dos Impostos Especiais do Consumo (Excise Duty Code, ‘the CIEC’) constitute quantitative restrictions on imports or measures having equivalent effect within the meaning of Article 34 TFEU, in so far as Article 106 stipulates that, during the last four months of each year, the quantities of cigarettes sold by operators may not exceed the average monthly quantity of cigarettes released for consumption in the 12 months immediately preceding?
Is it contrary to the rules on the chargeability of excise duty established by Articles 7 and 9 of Council Directive 2008/118/EC (1) of 16 December 2008 to levy tax on any quantities of cigarettes that exceed the quantitative limit on the release for consumption established under Article 106(2) of the CIEC at the rate applicable on the date on which the declaration of discharge is lodged, in accordance with Article 106(7) of the CIEC?
(1) Council Directive 2008/118/EC of 16 December 2008 concerning the general arrangements for excise duty and repealing Directive 92/12/EEC (OJ 2009 L 9, p. 12).