VAT Exemption removal from 1 July 2021
Please note: from 1 July 2021, the VAT exemption expired on import shipments from countries outside the EU. As a result, the exemption limit of € 22 no longer applies, and VAT must be paid for all shipments. Depending on the mutual agreement between the sender and receiver, one of these two parties will be charged with these costs.
The European Union (EU) created a level playing field between entrepreneurs within and outside the EU. Example: when you order a watch strap of € 20,- in China, you pay no VAT. If you order an identical watch strap in Germany, you pay 21% VAT and you pay € 24.20. From 1 July, the EU will equalize this to create a level playing field between entrepreneurs within and outside the EU and the VAT percentage will be applied to purchases from € 0,-. This means that you usually have to pay 21% VAT on the value of the goods and on the total freight costs.
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