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Sky+ boxes are not subject to import tax, rules Europe

SATELLITE broadcaster Sky has won a European legal battle over Customs duties on imports of its Sky+ box. The European Court of Justice settled a dispute with UK Revenue and Customs by ruling that the programme decoder should not be subject to 13.9% import duty. HMRC had insisted that, under EU rules, the satellite receiver should be classified as a recording device and liable to the levy. But the judges said otherwise.