Are you liable for import duties and taxes in Europe?

Currently, European mail services and integrators still make use of the former “blueprint” regulation — a tolerance policy construction, now known as the temporary venue permit. This venue permit was invented as a temporary (read: quick fix) solution by European customs and tax authorities, after a lobby from the integrators. The reason was that European…

GO EU Commerce as a catalyst for change in compliance

Anyone can buy prescription medicines (vitamins and supplements) via the internet without a doctor’s check or even FDA approved and marked as medicines. The Dutch Consumers Association (Consumentenbond) concludes this on the basis of their own research this week. Customs checks in Europe The Consumer’ Association ordered twenty prescription medicines without a doctor’s prescription, such…

The hot e-commerce potatoes from Brussels!

Most non-European brands and retailers have no idea or just a little knowledge, on how the European VAT system works. Selling and shipping cross border direct B-C into Europe holds a big draw. As you might have guessed, it’s more complicated than just selling DDU (Delivered Duty Unpaid) via an integrator or mail service provider.…