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The European Commission is requesting questionnaires from economic operators for the introduction of binding customs value information by 1 June. The Union Customs Code (UZK) currently provides for the issue of binding tariff information (vZTA) and binding information of origin (vUA). However, the scope of binding information may be extended to other factors. In this respect, the Commission seeks the public’s opinion on the need for binding customs value information. An extension of the deadline for replying to the questionnaires cannot be ruled out. The result is expected in the 3rd quarter of this year.

Survey on binding customs value information

The main purpose of the survey is to determine the need for binding information on customs values. The criteria used are the relevance of such binding customs value information for economic operators and the potentially expected scope of such information.

In order to determine this need, the questionnaire initially consists of general company-related questions (e.g. company size, turnover, import duties paid etc.), followed by special questions on the participant’s level of knowledge in the area of customs value law (e.g. already available customs value information, binding information of origin etc.). Questions are also asked about existing interest in further customs value information.

Significance of the results of this survey

According to the EU Commission, the introduction of a binding customs value information system will depend on the results of this survey expected in the third quarter of 2018. Importing companies could benefit from legal certainty in their customs value calculation by providing binding customs value information. They should therefore keep an eye on further developments.

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