Rules & Practices of the Inter-European Trade in Potatoes
Edition 2012 effective as from 1st March 2012
The economic evolution of Europe requires an on-going adaptation of trading behaviour and in particular of the Rules and Practices of the potato sector.
The first European rules were established, as early as 1956. Through the efforts of the European Union for the Wholesale Trade in Potatoes - now EUROPATAT - professional practices were defined and a simple and efficient procedure for expert assessments and arbitration, known ever since by RUCIP, has been set up.
The formation in 1964 of the RUCIP EUROPEAN COMMITTEE, made up by EUROPATAT and the Co-operatives of the European Confederation of Agriculture (C.E.A.), 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 up 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.
After the European Union of Potato Processing Industries joined the RUCIP EUROPEAN COMMITTEE in 1970 it was the common wish of these two organisations completed with the European Union of the Potato Processing Industries EUPPA, to standardise the different national codes, having in view a common European market and taking into account the developments in the economic situation of potatoes. This led to the revision of the Rules and Practices including the rules governing expert assessments and arbitration in 1972, 1986, 2000 and 2006. All these consecutive modifications have made it necessary to simplify and update RUCIP. The most recent edition - RUCIP 2012 - came into force 1st March 2012.
Without cancelling any national rules, which is in any case not within their power, the three professional organisations:
- EUROPATAT (Rue de Trèves 49-51 box 8, B-1040 BRUSSELS)
- INTERCOOP EUROPE (8, Minderbroedersstraat, B-3000 LEUVEN)
- EUPPA (Boulevard Saint-Michel 77-79, B-1040 BRUSSELS)
who make up the RUCIP European Committee recommend all their members to use the current Rules and Practices and the Rules governing expert assessments and arbitration for their national as well as their European transactions. The code name of these rules and practices - under which they have been tried and tested - remains RUCIP.
National RUCIP secretariats are located in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic.
RUCIP EUROPEAN COMMITTEE
43/45, rue de Naples
T +33-1-44 69 42 30