Import VAT

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  • is charged for import of goods at the border of VAT countries in addition to customs duties
  • is supposed to be paid by the Importer of Records
  • charged on temporary imports may require using a “carnet” (which is a process to exempt import VAT) or a bonded warehouse

If your company exports goods and sells or imports them to a customer or affiliated company in a VAT country, original customs and VAT border documents must be provided by the freight forwarder or carrier company for VAT recovery.

Clear instructions and paperwork stating the Importer of Records and the company paying the VAT are necessary/mandatory.

VAT refund claims are usually limited to the importer.

Please contact your customs broker, freight forwarder, courier company or the customs authorities of the applicable countries before the goods are shipped to improve your chances of recovering Import VAT.


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