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Long-term supplier declarations – Simplifications in force

The European Commission has now introduced simplifications for long-term supplier declarations. In practice, under the Union Customs Code, there have been repeated problems with long-term supplier declarations for future consignments of goods or for goods already delivered retroactively. Now long-term supplier declarations can be submitted uniformly.

Supplier declarations to benefit from tariff preferences

In practice, supplier declarations are issued so that the importer can claim customs benefits. As a rule, it is necessary to prove the origin of a product in order to benefit from customs concessions.

In this respect, each upstream supplier in the supply chain must make a corresponding declaration as to where the goods were manufactured and what their origin is. In practice, this is done by means of supplier declarations.

While the supplier declarations under the old customs law were still regulated in a separate regulation, these provisions are now included in the Union Customs Code.

New regulations led to problems

Art. 62 Implementing Act (IA) resulted in the fact that long-term supplier declarations could always be issued either for the future or only for the past. This led to a considerable administrative burden for companies that had to issue several documents as part of long-term supplier declarations, for example.

This has now changed. Uniform long-term supplier declarations can now be submitted. However, it is important that the date of issue, start of validity and end date are stated on the declaration.

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