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April 19, 2020
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Customs value

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The customs value of goods is the basis for the assessment of duties and taxes. It would be complicated for international trade to operate if each country would use its own valuation methods. Therefore international valuation rules were developed. These rules are also used for the purposes of trade statistics, trade agreements and to monitor quantitative restrictions.

“Customs value“ of imported goods on the international scale means the value as determined in accordance with the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (WTO Agreement on Customs Valuation).

WTO Agreement on Customs Valuation sets out that the value for customs purposes of imported merchandise should be based on the actual value of the imported merchandise on which duty is assessed, or of like merchandise, and should not be based on the value of merchandise of national origin or on arbitrary or fictitious values.

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Overview of simplification on Customs valuation in the European Union
09-01-2021

In the EU, the “simplification for the determination of amounts being part of the Customs value of the goods” under the transaction value method allows operators to avoid the burden of a two-step declaration – i.e. a simplified declaration followed by a supplementary declaration – and to finalise Customs valuation declarations without delay in situations where there is no risk for the collection of import duties. Such simplifications are becoming increasingly relevant given the growing number of value elements, such as royalties or commissions, that cannot be quantified at the time of importation.

European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD)

customs value/valuation
en, fr, lt
Overview of simplification on Customs valuation in the European Union
09-01-2021

In the EU, the “simplification for the determination of amounts being part of the Customs value of the goods” under the transaction value method allows operators to avoid the burden of a two-step declaration – i.e. a simplified declaration followed by a supplementary declaration – and to finalise Customs valuation declarations without delay in situations where there is no risk for the collection of import duties. Such simplifications are becoming increasingly relevant given the growing number of value elements, such as royalties or commissions, that cannot be quantified at the time of importation.

European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD)

customs value/valuation
en, lt
Focus of the CJEU: exclusive distribution compensation and customs value
06-01-2021

Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) took another decision regarding customs valuation and adjustment of transaction value. In this decision CJEU analysed legal importance of compensation paid for the right to exclusively distribute goods. CJEU concluded that such compensation was the condition of sale and thus must be reflected in the customs value of goods. The fact that compensation was agreed on in a separate contract (not in a sale-purchase agreement) and that it was limited in time did not change conclusions of the CJEU. It is yet another signal for the importers to carefully examine all the payments between them and the seller and evaluate their possible influence on customs value of imported goods.

Monika Bielskienė

€ / $
customs value/valuation
en, lt
Focus of the CJEU: exclusive distribution compensation and customs value
06-01-2021

Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) took another decision regarding customs valuation and adjustment of transaction value. In this decision CJEU analysed legal importance of compensation paid for the right to exclusively distribute goods. CJEU concluded that such compensation was the condition of sale and thus must be reflected in the customs value of goods. The fact that compensation was agreed on in a separate contract (not in a sale-purchase agreement) and that it was limited in time did not change conclusions of the CJEU. It is yet another signal for the importers to carefully examine all the payments between them and the seller and evaluate their possible influence on customs value of imported goods.

Monika Bielskienė

€ / $
customs value/valuation
image en, lt
Basics in customs: commodity code, origin and duties, customs value
20-11-2020

Enrika Naujokė

customs value/valuation
image en, lt
Basics in customs: commodity code, origin and duties, customs value
20-11-2020

Enrika Naujokė

customs value/valuation
en, lt
New version of European Commission‘s Guidance on Customs Valuation – an overview of changes
14-11-2020

On 25 September 2020, the European Commission has published a new version of the Guidance on Customs Valuation. Although this document is not legally binding, it is considered an important tool for the interpretation of the EU customs legislation. The guidance aims to ensure a common understanding between customs and economic operators and to provide a tool to facilitate the correct and harmonized application of customs legislation in the Member States. The guidance is expected to be included in the EU Customs Valuation Compendium in 2021.

Jovita Mikšienė

€ / $
customs value/valuation
en, lt
New version of European Commission‘s Guidance on Customs Valuation – an overview of changes
14-11-2020

On 25 September 2020, the European Commission has published a new version of the Guidance on Customs Valuation. Although this document is not legally binding, it is considered an important tool for the interpretation of the EU customs legislation. The guidance aims to ensure a common understanding between customs and economic operators and to provide a tool to facilitate the correct and harmonized application of customs legislation in the Member States. The guidance is expected to be included in the EU Customs Valuation Compendium in 2021.

Jovita Mikšienė

€ / $
customs value/valuation
en, lt
Free of charge software and customs valuation
31-10-2020

Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU) remained with its position that the economic value of software should be added to the transaction value of imported goods, despite the fact that it was designed in the European Union and transferred to the third-country manufacturer free of charge.

Monika Bielskienė

€ / $
customs value/valuation
en, lt
Free of charge software and customs valuation
31-10-2020

Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU) remained with its position that the economic value of software should be added to the transaction value of imported goods, despite the fact that it was designed in the European Union and transferred to the third-country manufacturer free of charge.

Monika Bielskienė

€ / $
customs value/valuation
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