On May 3.5.2021, 1.7.2021, we updated the article with the latest information we found out about the entire customs clearance process, which will work from July XNUMX, XNUMX.
Purchases from China will change slightly in 2021. The amendment to the law from the European Union concerns goods whose value does not exceed the price limit of 22 € / 560 CZK.
VAT or customs duties will also be charged on these items.
How to continue shopping from China carefree?
Latest information: How will it all work?
We recently published an article on our sister website ChinaPlanet.sk with exclusive information, which we managed to obtain from the Financial Administration of the Slovak Republic. We found out, how the customs clearance process of cheap packages with a value of up to € 22 will work. You can read everything you need in our extensive article.
We also recommend our instructions on how to search for goods in European warehouses on Aliexpress, for which nothing has changed and delivery will still work as before - express and without additional fees.
The new law will enter into force on 1.7.2021
According to latest official report directly from the European Union, the validity of the new law on customs procedures for small consignments is postponed from the original date 1.1.2021 on 1.7.2021.
This was due to the current global coronavirus pandemic. The delay in the law is also justified by the development of a new IT system, which is intended to significantly speed up and facilitate the customs procedure, as the burden on customs will be huge after the launch of this measure.
We can still buy cheap goods from China without worries.
How will it be with packages ordered earlier, but they did not have time to be delivered by 1.7.2021?
The European Union wants equal competition
Already in 2017, the EU's intention was published, in which the member states undertook to introduce VAT on all goods imported into the EU. So far, the norm applies, which exempted items with a value lower than 22 € / 560 CZK from tax and customs duties.
Shipments in the value of 22 to 150 € / 560 - 3 802 CZK are subject to tax, but are duty free. More expensive shipments are also subject to 20% VAT, along with customs duties, which can be from 3 to 11% of the value of the shipment. However, all electronics are completely duty-free, the duty applies to other goods, not to smartphones, vacuum cleaners or other devices.
However, individual Member States have committed themselves to amending these laws. At the latest from
January 1 / January 2021 1.7.2021 all goods imported from outside the EU should be taxed. This will apply both in Slovakia and in the Czech Republic.
How do packages become more expensive?
A customer who buys some Chinese goods for € 1.7.2021 / CZK 10 after July 255, 2 will have to pay VAT in the total amount of € 51 / CZK 20 (XNUMX% of the amount). This would not be so bad, but worse are the fees for representation in customs proceedings.
The consignee is obliged to submit the imported goods electronic customs declaration. For representation in customs proceedings You will pay another 9 € to the Slovak Post, while Česká pošta charges CZK 200. In total, the shipment will be more expensive by 11 € / 251 CZK and the final price will be 21 € / 506 CZK instead of the original 10 € / 255 CZK.
This measure is justified by equal competition and a level playing field for producers and sellers of goods within the EU. European ones are still clearly at a disadvantage, as they are not exempt from tax, as is the case for items from third countries.
How will this affect our coupons?
The good news is that this measure will not have a significant impact on the offers published on our site in the category Xiaomi Deals. Those of you who have already bought from us, you know that our well-known global sellers handle taxes and duties on their own and release the customer from this obligation.
It is EU Priority Line transport. Sometimes this service is for a small extra fee, other times it is already included in the final selling price of the product.
Recently, we have also seen a very significant expansion of goods in European warehouses. More and more retailers are opening their warehouses in Europe and stocking many more products from different categories.
It is true that for shipments up to 22 € / 51 CZK these services have not been available to such an extent yet, but we believe that the EU Priority Line will be introduced by sellers also for cheap packages. It is also possible that they will introduce a completely new type of transport for this type of package. Without it, the price of such items may increase.
Eventually, practice will show how changes in the law will affect cheap purchases from China or the collection of taxes.
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