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Inward processing

Inward processing allows imported raw materials or semi-manufactured goods to be processed for re-export within the Community by Community manufacturers without a requirement that the manufacturers have to pay customs duty and VAT on the goods being used.

There are two variants:

  • one allows the duty to be suspended, while under the
  • other it is paid and later repaid.

The guidelines concerning customs procedures with economic impact are published in the Official Journal C 269 of 24 September 2001 and C219pdf of 7 September 2005 .

These guidelines are not law and are only of an explanatory nature. Their purpose is to provide a tool to facilitate the correct application of the legal provisions.

Moreover, a document on Inward Processing in the sugar sectorpdf(56 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ,  on the use of the information sheet INF5pdf(31 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  and on simplified discharge of the Inward Processing procedurepdf Choose translations of the previous link  can be consulted here.