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Recent tariff classification issues in Latvia: copper alloy ingots
24-09-2020

National courts often make use of the possibility to seek a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia recently raised a very technical question, which, however, concerns the general interpretation of a provision of the Combined Nomenclature of the EU regarding classification of the copper alloy ingots. The article overviews the case and its importance for the uniform tariff classification of goods in the EU Member States.

Dr. Karlis Ketners, Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

€ / $
classification of goods
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Recent tariff classification issues in Latvia: copper alloy ingots
24-09-2020

National courts often make use of the possibility to seek a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia recently raised a very technical question, which, however, concerns the general interpretation of a provision of the Combined Nomenclature of the EU regarding classification of the copper alloy ingots. The article overviews the case and its importance for the uniform tariff classification of goods in the EU Member States.

Dr. Karlis Ketners, Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

€ / $
classification of goods
en, lt
Opportunities for producers: tariff suspensions
24-09-2020

Due to tariffs suspensions Lithuanian producers saved more than 5.15 million euros in 2019. This amount seems considerable, but it could have been significantly higher! In this article, we draw the attention of producers to an opportunity which, in our view, is not sufficiently exploited yet. We also review the current issues - which goods are no longer subject to tariff suspensions due to the new EU Environmental Policy and Industrial Policy, and exceptions - when tariff suspensions are compatible with the application of the anti-dumping duty. Finally, we will share practical advice on how to complete a customs declaration and briefly review other countries' requests for tariff suspensions.

Žydrė Bartaškienė

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duty, relief, returned goods
en, lt
Opportunities for producers: tariff suspensions
24-09-2020

Due to tariffs suspensions Lithuanian producers saved more than 5.15 million euros in 2019. This amount seems considerable, but it could have been significantly higher! In this article, we draw the attention of producers to an opportunity which, in our view, is not sufficiently exploited yet. We also review the current issues - which goods are no longer subject to tariff suspensions due to the new EU Environmental Policy and Industrial Policy, and exceptions - when tariff suspensions are compatible with the application of the anti-dumping duty. Finally, we will share practical advice on how to complete a customs declaration and briefly review other countries' requests for tariff suspensions.

Žydrė Bartaškienė

€ / $
duty, relief, returned goods
en, lt
Intelectual property: electronic documents - better enforcement
24-09-2020

While the digital transition of communication between individuals and customs is increasingly taking place, as well as the need to reduce or even eliminate the transmission of paper documents arises, from 15-09-2020 amendments of Regulation (EU) No 608/2013, providing for a different procedure for applications for customs supervision measures, entered into force. The biggest change is related to the form of submission of documents. From now on, applicants' national or European Union applications for customs supervision measures, as well as other necessary documentation, is submitted to the responsible customs office via the European Union Intellectual Property Office (hereinafter referred to as EUIPO) IP Enforcement Portal. What else has changed and what action should Rightsholders and other applicants have to take?

Evelina Liaubaitė

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non-tariff measures; prohibitions and restrictions
en, lt
Intelectual property: electronic documents - better enforcement
24-09-2020

While the digital transition of communication between individuals and customs is increasingly taking place, as well as the need to reduce or even eliminate the transmission of paper documents arises, from 15-09-2020 amendments of Regulation (EU) No 608/2013, providing for a different procedure for applications for customs supervision measures, entered into force. The biggest change is related to the form of submission of documents. From now on, applicants' national or European Union applications for customs supervision measures, as well as other necessary documentation, is submitted to the responsible customs office via the European Union Intellectual Property Office (hereinafter referred to as EUIPO) IP Enforcement Portal. What else has changed and what action should Rightsholders and other applicants have to take?

Evelina Liaubaitė

€ / $
non-tariff measures; prohibitions and restrictions
en
Interview with a Customs Chemist from Ireland
22-09-2020

Dr. David Savage joined the Irish State Laboratory, where he worked in the Customs and Excise Section from 2003 to 2018. During this time, he supported the Irish Customs authority process BTI applications and validated the tariff classification of goods subject to audit in addition to other duties. David also represented Ireland at the Customs Code Committee. Now he works for a Customs and International trade consultancy in Dublin. In the interview, we talk about the tariff classification of goods, Brexit, SMEs and customs knowledge, and other topics.

Anna Gayk, Enrika Naujokė, Dr. David Savage

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classification of goods
en
Interview with a Customs Chemist from Ireland
22-09-2020

Dr. David Savage joined the Irish State Laboratory, where he worked in the Customs and Excise Section from 2003 to 2018. During this time, he supported the Irish Customs authority process BTI applications and validated the tariff classification of goods subject to audit in addition to other duties. David also represented Ireland at the Customs Code Committee. Now he works for a Customs and International trade consultancy in Dublin. In the interview, we talk about the tariff classification of goods, Brexit, SMEs and customs knowledge, and other topics.

Anna Gayk, Enrika Naujokė, Dr. David Savage

€ / $
classification of goods
lt
Žemės ūkio produktų importo ir eksporto naujovės nuo 2021.01.01
22-09-2020

2021 m. sausio 1 d. bus pradėtas taikyti 2019 m. gruodžio 17 d. Komisijos deleguotasis reglamentas (ES) Nr. 2020/760. Pareiškėjai, norintys importuoti arba eksportuoti žemės ūkio produktus pagal importo tarifines kvotas, turėtų susipažinti su naujomis sąlygomis ir reikalavimais. Apžvelgiame ir kitus verslui svarbius šios srities reglamentus, bei paraiškų licencijoms gauti teikimą Lietuvoje.

VšĮ Kaimo verslo ir rinkų plėtros agentūra

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Žemės ūkio produktų importo ir eksporto naujovės nuo 2021.01.01
22-09-2020

2021 m. sausio 1 d. bus pradėtas taikyti 2019 m. gruodžio 17 d. Komisijos deleguotasis reglamentas (ES) Nr. 2020/760. Pareiškėjai, norintys importuoti arba eksportuoti žemės ūkio produktus pagal importo tarifines kvotas, turėtų susipažinti su naujomis sąlygomis ir reikalavimais. Apžvelgiame ir kitus verslui svarbius šios srities reglamentus, bei paraiškų licencijoms gauti teikimą Lietuvoje.

VšĮ Kaimo verslo ir rinkų plėtros agentūra

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EU Law: September 2020
19-09-2020

The news of the calendar week 38: Regulation on classification of connector enclosure, wooden slats, disposable non-woven paper wipes, conditioner for eyelashes, a medal. Explanatory notes to the Combined Nomenclature regarding: flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel; slates and boards, with writing or drawing surfaces, whether or not framed; storage tins/boxes made of sheet steel; combinations of plastics and materials other than textiles; carbon fibre reinforced plastic side covers for a centre console of passenger cars. Antidumping duty exemption for bicycle parts. A flat-rate reduction for the import duty for sorghum in Spain imported from third countries.

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EU Law: September 2020
19-09-2020

The news of the calendar week 38: Regulation on classification of connector enclosure, wooden slats, disposable non-woven paper wipes, conditioner for eyelashes, a medal. Explanatory notes to the Combined Nomenclature regarding: flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel; slates and boards, with writing or drawing surfaces, whether or not framed; storage tins/boxes made of sheet steel; combinations of plastics and materials other than textiles; carbon fibre reinforced plastic side covers for a centre console of passenger cars. Antidumping duty exemption for bicycle parts. A flat-rate reduction for the import duty for sorghum in Spain imported from third countries.

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AEO: Trusted Partners in India
19-09-2020

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certified company is acknowledged as customs’ trusted trade partner. If you choose a cooperation partner from India and plan to ask for an AEO certificate to prove compliance with this standard, here is what you should know about the Indian AEO programme (the AEO programmes are not harmonized globally, therefore there are differences from country to country).

Minal Mehta Buch, Paresh Solanki

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AEO
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AEO: Trusted Partners in India
19-09-2020

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certified company is acknowledged as customs’ trusted trade partner. If you choose a cooperation partner from India and plan to ask for an AEO certificate to prove compliance with this standard, here is what you should know about the Indian AEO programme (the AEO programmes are not harmonized globally, therefore there are differences from country to country).

Minal Mehta Buch, Paresh Solanki

€ / $
AEO
lt
Eksportuotojams – elektroniniai prekių kilmės sertifikatai
19-09-2020

Prekybos, pramonės ir amatų rūmams valstybė yra delegavusi funkciją išduoti nelengvatinės prekių kilmės sertifikatus į trečiąsias šalis eksportuojamoms prekėms. Per metus Vilniaus prekybos, pramonės ir amatų rūmai eksportuotojams išduoda apie 7000 sertifikatų. Daugiausiai jų išduodama gabenant prekes į Uzbekiją, Baltarusiją, Kiniją, Ukrainą, Rusiją, Jungtinius Arabų Emyratus, Indiją. Atliepiant pasaulines tendencijas kelti paslaugas į elektroninę erdvę, kurių įgyvendinimą paspartino ir pandemijos metu taikomi apribojimai, šią vasarą pristatyta galimybė verslui naudoti elektroninę sistemą sertifikatų gavimui.

Jekaterina Komarova

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documents and information, origin of goods
lt
Eksportuotojams – elektroniniai prekių kilmės sertifikatai
19-09-2020

Prekybos, pramonės ir amatų rūmams valstybė yra delegavusi funkciją išduoti nelengvatinės prekių kilmės sertifikatus į trečiąsias šalis eksportuojamoms prekėms. Per metus Vilniaus prekybos, pramonės ir amatų rūmai eksportuotojams išduoda apie 7000 sertifikatų. Daugiausiai jų išduodama gabenant prekes į Uzbekiją, Baltarusiją, Kiniją, Ukrainą, Rusiją, Jungtinius Arabų Emyratus, Indiją. Atliepiant pasaulines tendencijas kelti paslaugas į elektroninę erdvę, kurių įgyvendinimą paspartino ir pandemijos metu taikomi apribojimai, šią vasarą pristatyta galimybė verslui naudoti elektroninę sistemą sertifikatų gavimui.

Jekaterina Komarova

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documents and information, origin of goods
en, lt
Review of Anti-dumping Measures in the EU
16-09-2020

The global market and increasing competition among market participants encourage unfair trade practices. Various anti-dumping measures are in place to stop unfair trade and protect EU producers. The number of anti-dumping measures is growing every year in the EU, which ensures fair trade and reduces the formation of monopoly positions on the market. From 2019, the EU more focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to protect them from unfair trade by simplifying procedures. The anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures have led to an average reduction of 80 per cent in unfair trade. This shows that the anti-dumping measures in the EU are working effectively.

Erika Besusparienė

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antidumping
en, lt
Review of Anti-dumping Measures in the EU
16-09-2020

The global market and increasing competition among market participants encourage unfair trade practices. Various anti-dumping measures are in place to stop unfair trade and protect EU producers. The number of anti-dumping measures is growing every year in the EU, which ensures fair trade and reduces the formation of monopoly positions on the market. From 2019, the EU more focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to protect them from unfair trade by simplifying procedures. The anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures have led to an average reduction of 80 per cent in unfair trade. This shows that the anti-dumping measures in the EU are working effectively.

Erika Besusparienė

€ / $
antidumping
en
BREXIT: "NO DEAL" in sight!
12-09-2020

We are heading straight for a "no-deal" with the UK - i.e. the application of the rules of the World Trade Organisation, which means high tariffs and tighter customs controls. The European Union will apply the same rules as for any country with which it does not have a trade agreement (the United States, for example). You should therefore build this scenario into your business and contact your service providers to prepare for this deadline as well as possible. For your information, you will find materials made available by the French authorities, Brussels and British authorities, and information about CE marking change to UKCA marking.

Bertrand Rager

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procedures and declarations
en
BREXIT: "NO DEAL" in sight!
12-09-2020

We are heading straight for a "no-deal" with the UK - i.e. the application of the rules of the World Trade Organisation, which means high tariffs and tighter customs controls. The European Union will apply the same rules as for any country with which it does not have a trade agreement (the United States, for example). You should therefore build this scenario into your business and contact your service providers to prepare for this deadline as well as possible. For your information, you will find materials made available by the French authorities, Brussels and British authorities, and information about CE marking change to UKCA marking.

Bertrand Rager

€ / $
procedures and declarations
en, lt
Inward Processing: Did You Know That…?
12-09-2020

Continuing the topic of Inward Processing launched in August article under the heading “Processing Procedures: Examination of Economic Conditions”, I would like to draw attention to a several changes brought about by the new Union Customs Code and, possibly, opportunities less frequently applied by economic operators: release for free circulation with lower customs duty rate (applicable to the processed product), the use of Union goods (equivalent goods), movement of goods without customs formalities (transfer), generalization.

Jovita Dobrovalskienė

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processing; destruction
en, lt
Inward Processing: Did You Know That…?
12-09-2020

Continuing the topic of Inward Processing launched in August article under the heading “Processing Procedures: Examination of Economic Conditions”, I would like to draw attention to a several changes brought about by the new Union Customs Code and, possibly, opportunities less frequently applied by economic operators: release for free circulation with lower customs duty rate (applicable to the processed product), the use of Union goods (equivalent goods), movement of goods without customs formalities (transfer), generalization.

Jovita Dobrovalskienė

€ / $
processing; destruction
en
Application of World Trade Organization (WTO) Law in Tax Disputes with Lithuanian Customs Authorities: Mission (Not) Possible?
09-09-2020

In this article, by evaluating the latest case law of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (Order of 27 May 2020 in Administrative Case No. eA-2474-968 / 2020, etc.), we will review how the provisions of WTO law in national courts have been (and are) applied in the Republic of Lithuania in tax disputes with customs authorities and what are the possibilities for relying directly on them to defend the rights and legitimate interests of the taxpayers.

Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

€ / $
infringements; disputes, international agreements, etc.
en
Application of World Trade Organization (WTO) Law in Tax Disputes with Lithuanian Customs Authorities: Mission (Not) Possible?
09-09-2020

In this article, by evaluating the latest case law of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (Order of 27 May 2020 in Administrative Case No. eA-2474-968 / 2020, etc.), we will review how the provisions of WTO law in national courts have been (and are) applied in the Republic of Lithuania in tax disputes with customs authorities and what are the possibilities for relying directly on them to defend the rights and legitimate interests of the taxpayers.

Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

€ / $
infringements; disputes, international agreements, etc.
en
EU customs law and international maritime law: relationship and its problematic issues
09-09-2020

The article seeks to identify legal issues related to the implementation of economic activities in maritime areas by analyzing the customs law of the European Union (EU) and its regulations (Union Customs Code (UCC) and the regulations related to its implementation) defining the boundaries of the EU customs territory, determining the customs origin of goods and describing the order of the customs procedures. The author also presents suggestions on how the identified legal issues should be addressed by amending EU customs legislation and what are the tax risks associated with them.

Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

€ / $
origin of goods
en
EU customs law and international maritime law: relationship and its problematic issues
09-09-2020

The article seeks to identify legal issues related to the implementation of economic activities in maritime areas by analyzing the customs law of the European Union (EU) and its regulations (Union Customs Code (UCC) and the regulations related to its implementation) defining the boundaries of the EU customs territory, determining the customs origin of goods and describing the order of the customs procedures. The author also presents suggestions on how the identified legal issues should be addressed by amending EU customs legislation and what are the tax risks associated with them.

Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

€ / $
origin of goods
en, lt
EU VAT e-commerce package: questions raised by express and postal operators in Lithuania
05-09-2020

Although quite some time has elapsed since the announcement of the amendments to the provisions on distance selling of goods and the EU Council has adopted a number of documents setting out implementing measures for the VAT e-commerce package and details of the operation of the VAT one-stop-shop since the end of 2017 until now, there is still a lack of exceptionally important information needed for express and postal operators to be properly prepared for the practical application of the new VAT e-commerce rules. Even extension of the period of the implementation of the rules for six months does not seem to be a long enough period for settlement of all ambiguities.

Lina Petronienė, Jovita Dobrovalskienė

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e-commerce
en, lt
EU VAT e-commerce package: questions raised by express and postal operators in Lithuania
05-09-2020

Although quite some time has elapsed since the announcement of the amendments to the provisions on distance selling of goods and the EU Council has adopted a number of documents setting out implementing measures for the VAT e-commerce package and details of the operation of the VAT one-stop-shop since the end of 2017 until now, there is still a lack of exceptionally important information needed for express and postal operators to be properly prepared for the practical application of the new VAT e-commerce rules. Even extension of the period of the implementation of the rules for six months does not seem to be a long enough period for settlement of all ambiguities.

Lina Petronienė, Jovita Dobrovalskienė

€ / $
e-commerce
lt
Pasaulio Prekybos Organizacijos (PPO) teisės taikymas mokestiniuose ginčuose Lietuvoje: misija (ne)įmanoma?
05-09-2020

Šiame straipsnyje, įvertindami naujausią Lietuvos vyriausiojo administracinio teismo praktiką (2020 m. gegužės 27 d. nutartis administracinėje byloje Nr. eA-2474-968/2020 ir kt.), apžvelgsime kaip Lietuvoje buvo (ir yra) taikomos PPO teisės nuostatos nacionaliniuose teismuose, nagrinėjant mokestinių ginčų bylas, bei kokios yra galimybės tiesiogiai remtis jomis siekiant apginti savo teises ir teisėtus interesus.

Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

infringements; disputes, international agreements, etc.
lt
Pasaulio Prekybos Organizacijos (PPO) teisės taikymas mokestiniuose ginčuose Lietuvoje: misija (ne)įmanoma?
05-09-2020

Šiame straipsnyje, įvertindami naujausią Lietuvos vyriausiojo administracinio teismo praktiką (2020 m. gegužės 27 d. nutartis administracinėje byloje Nr. eA-2474-968/2020 ir kt.), apžvelgsime kaip Lietuvoje buvo (ir yra) taikomos PPO teisės nuostatos nacionaliniuose teismuose, nagrinėjant mokestinių ginčų bylas, bei kokios yra galimybės tiesiogiai remtis jomis siekiant apginti savo teises ir teisėtus interesus.

Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus

infringements; disputes, international agreements, etc.
lt
Deklaracijos 14 langelio duomenų taisymas po įforminimo
29-08-2020

Verslui tenka susidurti su įvairiomis situacijomis, kai prireikia kreiptis į muitinę dėl duomenų muitinės deklaracijoje taisymo po muitinio įforminimo. Tad vienas iš žinotinų aspektų - kokie duomenys ir kokiais atvejais gali būti taisomi. Apžvelkime situaciją, kai įmonė kreipėsi į muitinę dėl deklaracijos 14 langelio "Deklarantas/ Atstovas" taisymo – deklaranto duomenų pakeitimo ir atstovavimo būdo pakeitimo į netiesioginį atstovavimą. Kilo teisminis ginčas, kuriame išaiškinimus pateikė Europos Sąjungos Teisingumo Teismas (ESTT).

Enrika Naujokė

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customs broker, declarant, quotas
lt
Deklaracijos 14 langelio duomenų taisymas po įforminimo
29-08-2020

Verslui tenka susidurti su įvairiomis situacijomis, kai prireikia kreiptis į muitinę dėl duomenų muitinės deklaracijoje taisymo po muitinio įforminimo. Tad vienas iš žinotinų aspektų - kokie duomenys ir kokiais atvejais gali būti taisomi. Apžvelkime situaciją, kai įmonė kreipėsi į muitinę dėl deklaracijos 14 langelio "Deklarantas/ Atstovas" taisymo – deklaranto duomenų pakeitimo ir atstovavimo būdo pakeitimo į netiesioginį atstovavimą. Kilo teisminis ginčas, kuriame išaiškinimus pateikė Europos Sąjungos Teisingumo Teismas (ESTT).

Enrika Naujokė

€ / $
customs broker, declarant, quotas
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