September 24, 2023
Transport services VAT exempt because already in import tax base? You will need to prove it!

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The Romanian company provides transportation services. It transported goods from the port of Rotterdam (the Netherlands) to Cluj-Napoca (Romania) under transit procedure. Goods were released into free circulation in Romania. It treated transportation service as VAT exempt because it assumed that transportation cost was included into the import VAT taxable base. Tax authorities claimed otherwise: the taxpayer failed to provide documents confirming that the transportation cost was included into the import VAT taxable base. Consequently, they denied the exemption. The dispute between the company and the tax authorities reached as far as the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), which recently issued clarifications on the application of the provisions of the VAT Directive in this case.
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Naujasis Bendrasis gaminių saugos reglamentas
21-04-2024

Redakcijos žodis: Šiandien net patys įprasčiausi mus supantys daiktai yra sudėtingų gamybos procesų, kurie neretai vykdomi ne vienoje pasaulio šalyje, rezultatas. Ir, be abejo, visi norime, kad tas rezultatas – drabužiai, kosmetika, žaislai ir kt. - būtų saugus mūsų ir mūsų artimųjų naudojimui. Institucijoms užduotis užtikrinti tą saugumą nėra paprasta, todėl, be kita ko, kaupiama patirtis ir, jos pagrindu, tobulinama teisinė bazė, apie kurią rašoma šiame straipsnyje.

Arvydas Naina

import
lt
Naujasis Bendrasis gaminių saugos reglamentas
21-04-2024

Redakcijos žodis: Šiandien net patys įprasčiausi mus supantys daiktai yra sudėtingų gamybos procesų, kurie neretai vykdomi ne vienoje pasaulio šalyje, rezultatas. Ir, be abejo, visi norime, kad tas rezultatas – drabužiai, kosmetika, žaislai ir kt. - būtų saugus mūsų ir mūsų artimųjų naudojimui. Institucijoms užduotis užtikrinti tą saugumą nėra paprasta, todėl, be kita ko, kaupiama patirtis ir, jos pagrindu, tobulinama teisinė bazė, apie kurią rašoma šiame straipsnyje.

Arvydas Naina

import
en
Technology to Customs: Catch me, if you can
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The WTO's Harmonised System (HS) convention is probably one of the most successful international conventions and aims to harmonise tariff codes for goods worldwide. The WTO also has successful conventions, including the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which aims to improve trade in technology products by eliminating customs duties on selected and defined products. The interests of the HS and the ITA are not identical. While the HS aims to establish rules for a unified classification, regardless of whether the result leads to duty-free treatment or not, the ITA's objective is duty-free treatment for technological products.

Omer Wagner

duties, taxes
en
Technology to Customs: Catch me, if you can
14-04-2024

The WTO's Harmonised System (HS) convention is probably one of the most successful international conventions and aims to harmonise tariff codes for goods worldwide. The WTO also has successful conventions, including the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which aims to improve trade in technology products by eliminating customs duties on selected and defined products. The interests of the HS and the ITA are not identical. While the HS aims to establish rules for a unified classification, regardless of whether the result leads to duty-free treatment or not, the ITA's objective is duty-free treatment for technological products.

Omer Wagner

duties, taxes
en
EU Customs Reform: Who is the ‘importer’ and what are his responsibilities?
14-04-2024

Continuing a series of articles on the main legal aspects of the proposed EU customs reform, the author focuses on a key player in the import process: the importer. The Commission proposal is based on a new vision of this actor and his responsibilities. This article describes and analyses the three variants under this concept: the basic rules for importers, the special rules for deemed importers, and the rules for indirect customs representatives who are treated as the (deemed) importer. Furthermore, it addresses the question of what happens when the wrong person has been named as an importer by an actor in the supply chain or a customs representative.

Michael Lux

import
en
EU Customs Reform: Who is the ‘importer’ and what are his responsibilities?
14-04-2024

Continuing a series of articles on the main legal aspects of the proposed EU customs reform, the author focuses on a key player in the import process: the importer. The Commission proposal is based on a new vision of this actor and his responsibilities. This article describes and analyses the three variants under this concept: the basic rules for importers, the special rules for deemed importers, and the rules for indirect customs representatives who are treated as the (deemed) importer. Furthermore, it addresses the question of what happens when the wrong person has been named as an importer by an actor in the supply chain or a customs representative.

Michael Lux

import
en
VAT and duty deferment accounts in UK
07-04-2024

Do you regularly import goods into the UK? Managing import taxes and VAT payments for every consignment can be complicated, time-consuming, and frustrating. Since Brexit, dealing with VAT payments at the border is no longer necessary as they are postponed and settled separately via the importer’s EORI number. However, to release the goods from customs, duties need to be paid at the time of import… or do they? UK customs (HMRC) offer an option to simplify the whole process, known as a deferment account.

Mark Rowbotham

duties, taxes
en
VAT and duty deferment accounts in UK
07-04-2024

Do you regularly import goods into the UK? Managing import taxes and VAT payments for every consignment can be complicated, time-consuming, and frustrating. Since Brexit, dealing with VAT payments at the border is no longer necessary as they are postponed and settled separately via the importer’s EORI number. However, to release the goods from customs, duties need to be paid at the time of import… or do they? UK customs (HMRC) offer an option to simplify the whole process, known as a deferment account.

Mark Rowbotham

duties, taxes
en
VAT deferment accounts in EU
07-04-2024

In theory, when goods enter the EU, import VAT is immediately due to the customs authorities at the relevant border. In practice, the EU VAT Directive gives Member States the ability to determine the conditions under which goods enter their territories. This is in addition to the ability to set detailed rules for payment of VAT in respect of goods imported. This means Member States can implement mechanisms for postponed accounting via the VAT return, or deferred payment schemes, or a combination of both.

Mark Rowbotham

duties, taxes
en
VAT deferment accounts in EU
07-04-2024

In theory, when goods enter the EU, import VAT is immediately due to the customs authorities at the relevant border. In practice, the EU VAT Directive gives Member States the ability to determine the conditions under which goods enter their territories. This is in addition to the ability to set detailed rules for payment of VAT in respect of goods imported. This means Member States can implement mechanisms for postponed accounting via the VAT return, or deferred payment schemes, or a combination of both.

Mark Rowbotham

duties, taxes
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