On 1 July, the European Commission adopted a Decision enabling Member States to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on the importation from third countries of food, blankets, tents, electric generators and other life-saving equipment destined for Ukrainians affected by the war.
From 1 March 2023, economic operators involved in handling, sending, shipping and transporting cargo, express or postal consignments to or via the EU by air have to comply with new advance data reporting requirements for pre-loading and pre-arrival customs risk assessments.
The Commission has today published its Annual Report on Taxation 2022, which highlights that EU Member States’ tax revenue has decreased for the first time since the 2009 financial crisis, while public expenditure jumped from 46.5% in 2019 to 53% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis
The EU will finance over 1.800 pieces of customs control equipment in the next three years, under the Customs Control Equipment Instrument (CCEI).
On 3 June 2022, finance ministers adopted a directive amending EU VAT legislation to extend the application period of the optional VAT reverse charge mechanism until 31 December 2026
The Commission and Member State tax authorities have set up a subgroup on tax enforcement in the ‘Freeze and Seize' Task Force steered by Commissioner Reynders to step up their efforts against sanctioned Russians and Belarusians individuals and companies, as well as their associates
New “TEDB" e-Learning course that guides through all the functionalities of the “Taxes in Europe” Database (TEDB) that covers around 650 main taxes in revenue terms is now publically available on the EU Customs & Tax EU Learning Portal
An updated version of the guidance document on the Registered Exporter (the REX system) is available.
Following its introduction, the new framework simplifies VAT compliance in relation to cross-border business-to-consumer e-commerce supplies and introduces greater transparency for EU shoppers when it comes to pricing and consumer choice.
Joint Statement to the World Customs Organization on the aggression against Ukraine