The costs of customs duties are often a significant item for importers. However, the possibility of savings in this area are often underestimated and customs duties are considered an unavoidable expense of the company. We know from experience that there is a significant potential for finding savings opportunities in the area of customs duties. We list below the primary areas that are worth focusing on.
We perform data analyses based on comprehensive data on import and export concerning the client for a particular period, with the state administration as the source of data. Customs analytics allows keeping track of business with partners outside of the EU and of costs of customs duties based on the individual suppliers and types of goods with the potential identification of the below possibilities of customs savings.
Tariff classification of goods
Tariff classification of goods is a key factor that has an impact on the customs duty amount. Goods can be classified in a customs tariff code with the customs rate of 0%, but also in a code with the customs rate amounting to tens of percent. It is therefore suitable to pay maximum attention to this area. We offer our clients a review of tariff classification. If we identify the potential for reclassifying the goods to a code with a lower customs rate, the legislation allows for requesting a retroactive refund of the customs duties for the imports performed in the last three years. If a risk of underpayment is discovered, a timely rectification can eliminate the risk of sanctions imposed by the customs authorities.
Origin of goods
The use of tariff preferences in the import of goods can be another source of savings in the area of customs. On the other hand, an incorrect certificate of preferential origin for your exports, but also for your supplies of goods within the EU, can have many negative impacts, from penalisation by customs authorities to loss of business partners. It is therefore suitable to verify whether the goods whose origin you certify really meet the rules of origin. We offer our clients training on the preferential origin of goods so that their workers can get better awareness of this complicated issue and avoid potential mistakes.
If your company imports raw material for production/processing (material, semi-finished products, components etc.) that is not available on the EU market, it is, in certain cases, possible to achieve tariff suspension. We offer our clients assistance with the verification of compliance with the conditions for obtaining the suspension. If the request for suspension is granted, the import duty costs are, in the vast majority of cases, eliminated to zero. It is also suitable to check whether some of the existing suspensions can be used in the import of your goods.
We have experience
We have helped our clients in customs inspections focused not just on the review of tariff classification of the imported goods but also on the issues of determining the customs value or the issuance of documents proving the origin of goods (EUR 1, declaration on the invoice). We also have practical experience in verifying whether exported goods belong to the group of goods with the dual use status.
Non-binding consultation and seminars
We offer you non-binding consultation and seminars on various customs areas. Customs clearance is not to be underestimated. If you are at your wit’s end, contact us, we will be happy to discuss everything with you and provide assistance in these areas.