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Export: Turkey Increases Import Restrictions Even Further

Two weeks ago the Turkish government announced that import taxes were increased on products ranging from chemicals to machinery. It was a response to the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is trying to protect the country’s industrial producers. Even stricter import restrictions Turkey’s Finance Minister Berat Albayrak told representatives of the state-owned
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The Three Largest Ports in Europe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

European ports, like many other businesses, have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In this blog, we look at the three biggest ports in Europe where our customs specialists support importers and exporters daily. Port of Rotterdam Port of Rotterdam is reporting a slightly lower number of port calls by seagoing vessels as in the
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Invoice Declarations: Will Form A and the EUR.1 Be a Thing of the Past?

As I wrote in my blog “Import Documents You May Need When Exporting” I explained various customs documents, one of which was the EUR.1    The EUR.1 Certificate is a Certificate of Origin of sorts. It is used for exporting goods to, or importing goods from the European Union to countries with which the EU has
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Brexit Negotiations Are at a Stand Still

The negotiations on the trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union are not going as well as they should. The transition period ends December 31st 2020, and if you take into account the time needed for both sides to get the trade deal approved there is almost no time left. Last week
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Surveillance Documents no Longer Needed for Iron-, Steel-, and Aluminium Products

As of May 16th you no longer need a surveillance document when you enter certain iron- and metal products into free circulation. The same goes for certain aluminium products. The regulations were implemented by the European Commission to protect the metal industry in Europe against price drops after a strong rise in imports of metal
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United Kingdom May Have Shortage in Customs Staff. Customs Support is Ready

At the end of this year, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. The transition period will come to an end on December 31st. Several EU representatives have made it clear they want an extension to the transition period. Prime Minister Johnson is still refusing to go along with such a request. He is
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Dutch Government: No VAT on Face Mask from May 25th Until September 1st

There will be no VAT on face masks starting May 25th. This announcement has just been made by the Dutch Government. This will be valid for all face masks, both the medical and the regular masks. State Secretary for Finance Vijlbrief told the Dutch Parliament: “We ask the people to wear non-medical face masks when
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Export: Turkey Increases Protectionist Measures

Many countries respond in a different way when it comes to the covid19 pandemic. Within the European Union, we see a focus on keeping trade lanes open and goods flowing, especially medical supplies. Turkey is taking a different route. Import Taxes Increased Fearing and facing a big recession caused by the pandemic, Turkey is trying
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Trade Deals Around the World: May Edition

In most countries around the world, the focus has become internal, as countries battle to control the global coronavirus outbreak. Negotiations and implementations of trade deals are being affected by this. They are slowed down, and in the worst cases even stopped. Still, all is not quiet on the trade agreement front. Below you will
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Supply Chain Challenges: Medical Supplies

The whole world is affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This means that the demand for medical supplies has been higher than ever before. At the same time, global supply chains are being hampered by restrictions in air freight and ocean freight capacity due to grounded planes and blanked sailings. China Struggling to Get Supplies Shipped
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Growing Number of VAT-fraud Cases in e-Commerce

The Belgian Customs Authority has recently reported a growing number of fraud cases with importing goods from countries like China concerning import duties and VAT. Undervalued It is mostly e-commerce companies that import goods like electronics, and who declare a value for these goods that is far lower than the actual value. These fraudsters use
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Dutch Customs Authority Postpones Implementation of CVB

The Netherlands is the only country in the European Union where the Customs Authority releases import declarations before the actual unloading of the goods off the ship. Because of this, it is possible that there are discrepancies between the declaration and the Bill of Lading. To make sure said discrepancies no longer appear Dutch Customs
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