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NEW ZEALAND: Introduction of low value imported goods start date might be postponed even until 1 April 2020


NZ low value imported goods rules start date is still going through a decision-making process. The large platforms and several firms asked for more time as the law will with high probability be not passed until mid year. The industry asks for 1 April 2020 as a day of introduction rather than the original date of 1 October 2019. This will be a governmental decision and a compromise date could be 1 January 2020.

 

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POLAND: Change in the the simplified scheme for import VAT as of 1 May 2019


The cash-free import VAT settlement, as a result of the simplified procedure, will be limited from 1 May 2019. The end of April 2019 is the limit date for the reassessment of permits to use the simplified procedure. The need for their re-verification resulted from the introduction of the EU Customs Code (UCC) instead of the previously applicable Community Customs Code (CCC). Continue reading


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Switzerland: VAT changes for imports of low-value goods from 1 January 2019


Due to the change in legislation, non-established sellers of “low-value” goods into Switzerland will be obliged to register for VAT if they generate more than CHF 100,000 (approx. USD 100,000) of sales of low-value goods per year.

Low-value goods are defined as imports where the VAT charge does not exceed CHF 5. At the currently applicable Swiss VAT rates these are shipments of CHF 65 at the standard VAT rate of 7.7%, or CHF 200 at the reduced VAT rate of 2.5%. Import VAT and customs duties are not levied upon the importation of goods if the amount of import VAT does not exceed CHF 5. Continue reading


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Switzerland: Webcast Import/Export


Moving goods across the borders is the daily business for many companies and an integrated part of their current processes. In our consulting work, we have seen that the customs operations is often handled without proper due diligence. Continue reading


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EU – Possible additional duties on products of US origin


The US has announced safeguard measures in the form of additional duties on imports of certain steel and aluminum products into the US. At the moment the implementation of these additional duties for products from the EU is postponed until June 1st 2018. As a counter measure, last week the EU published a commission implementing regulation: (EU) 2018/724. Continue reading


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Webinar: Resolve the dilemma between customs valuation and transfer pricing


Determining the customs value of goods is a challenge at the best of times – and even more so in the wake of a recent European Court of Justice decision jeopardising the practice of determining customs values on the basis of transfer prices. We have decided to hold a free webinar to help you tackle the inherent conflict. Continue reading


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2017 Global Automotive Tax Guide


Please find HERE the 2017 Global Automotive Tax Guide. This Guide covering everything you need to know about car taxation in 44 countries – from import and registration to finance, direct and indirect taxation. Continue reading