EEC to discuss the possibility of a new customs duty
23.11.2015 296 views
Eurasian Economic Commission Council will consider the regulations of imports of goods purchased by individuals in foreign online stores
“We cannot say that any specific decision or resolution will be definitely taken: ECE Council will discuss the situation, and it is premature to discuss what decision it will take, if any," says the Commission spokesman.
According to media reports, the group on e-commerce issues prepared a number of drafts for consideration. According to the first of them, goods of under EUR22 price, weighing less than 1 kilogram may be exempted from customs duties. Shipments within the price range of EUR22-150 and weighing 1-10 kg, will be subject to a fee of EUR15. With regard to goods worth starting from EUR150 and weighing more than 10 kg, they will be subject to a fee of EUR15 plus 30% of the customs price, but not less than EUR4 per 1 kg of weight.
The second draft provides for a EUR10 fee to be imposed on goods of customs value under EUR150 (weighing less than 10 kg). For goods of over EUR 150 and weighing more than 10 kg, the fee is to be EUR10 plus 30% of the customs value, but not less than EUR4 for 1 kg.
"A single multi-level customs duty system for shipments of goods for personal use from abroad has been already introduced in EU. If the cost of a parcel exceeds EUR22, VAT is applied at the rate of 15%-25% depending on the country of importation. Parcels of a value exceeding EUR150 are subject not only to VAT but also to the import customs duty, which is 6% on average,”- says Artem Sokolov, CEO of AKIT (Association of Internet Commerce Companies).
Comments from the press service of the Russian Post:
"This issue has been discussed for a long time. Russian Post participates in all the meetings dedicated to this topic. However, we prefer to refrain from comments until the final decision has been made."