Controversies and peculiarities regarding application of rules of origin in EU Member States: practice in the Republic of Lithuania
The article discusses the peculiarities of the practical application of European Union (EU) rules on customs origin in the EU Member State - the Republic of Lithuania and presents the current
practice of national authorities in this area (in tax disputes related to the origin of imported goods), emphasizes its peculiarities and differences from practices in other EU Member States. The analysis performed and described in the article substantiates that in the Republic of Lithuania the possible sources of proof of customs origin of goods are assessed and interpreted in a unique and rather formal way. Besides, the burden of proving the origin of imported goods and its distribution between customs and importer is understood specifically and can be considered as more favourable to importers than the usual practice at the EU level.
Dr. Gediminas Valantiejus