Selling to the EU just got easier and cheaper…

On 1st July 2021, the €22 VAT threshold (De Minimis) exemption on goods imported to the EU was removed.

This means that ALL commercial goods imported to the EU are now subject to VAT – regardless of value.

So, what does this mean?

• VAT has to be charged based on the customer’s location
• VAT has to be declared for customs clearance
• VAT returns have to be submitted

You might be thinking that this has made shipping to the EU even more complex, BUT there are ways you can make it easier, here’s how…

VAT EU ecommerce delivery

WEBINAR with InternetRetailing:

Selling to the EU is about to get easier (and cheaper!)

In this webinar, we were joined by SimplyVAT to discuss the new EU VAT requirements and look at how you can make it easier – and cheaper – to ship parcels to and from the EU including:

  • An overview of the new EU rules around VAT
  • What it means to eCommerce sellers
  • Clarity on the Import One Stop Shop (IOSS) and its benefits
  • How to apply for a Duty Deferment Account
  • The advantages of one-stop-shop delivery and returns

Bobbie Ttooulis

Group Marketing Director, GFS

Alex Wyatt

Global Projects Manager,

1. Import One Stop Shop (IOSS)

The EU has introduced an electronic portal where you can register to get a single VAT IOSS ID number that applies to distance sales in all 27 EU countries. This will enable you to collect, declare and account for VAT and pay your bill directly to the EU Tax Authorities via a periodic tax return – for goods up to the value of €150*.

This will simplify the collection, declaration, and payment of VAT for distance sales to EU customers and potentially avoid additional carrier fees for VAT clearance.

What are the key benefits of the new IOSS?

• Ease and simplicity: You’ll get a single EU IOSS VAT ID number that will cover VAT registration in all of the 27 EU member states
• A positive experience for customers: Customers will have complete VAT cost transparency at the moment of purchase
• Improved cash flow: VAT payments can be made monthly directly to EU tax authorities

Whether you intend to use IOSS or not, we can help with your EU delivery and returns.

2. Duty Deferment Account

A Duty Deferment Account allows you to postpone payment of customs duty, excise duty and VAT by up to 46 days so you can pay fees for all shipments once a month by Direct Debit rather than per consignment at the point of import.

This helps shipments clear customs quickly, so parcels can be delivered faster, and it also saves you time and money, and helps you better manage cash flow.

3. One Stop Shop Delivery and Returns

As well as the Import One Stop Shop for VAT, GFS can provide everything you need for delivery and returns!

From finding the best and most cost-effective international shipping services, to technology that calculates Duties & Taxes, generates electronic Customs documents and manages paperless global returns – you can get everything you need in one place!

GFS International eCommerce Service

Access the widest network of global carriers through just one dynamic delivery service.

Using super-smart routing technology, we route each parcel to the best performing, cost-effective carrier service. So, all you need to do is choose from 1 of 3 service level options – Express, Plus and Economy – and we do the rest! GFS International eCommerce Services supports all delivery options to the EU and ROW, including Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Delivered At Place (DAP) and Import One Stop Shop (IOSS)..

GFS Technology

A complete toolkit of technology solutions that simplifies the complexity of new EU customs processes to take away the pain of cross-border delivery.

GFS Checkout

  • Offers customers a wide range of flexible delivery options at the checkout
  • Automatically calculate Duties & Taxes and supports DDU (Deliver Duty Unpaid) and DDP (Deliver Duty Paid) delivery options

GFS Selector

  • Multi-carrier parcel labelling with automatically generated tracking
  • With Paperless Trade for electronic customs documentation

GFS Global Returns

  • Paperless returns portal with 200+ returns services, 320,000 drop points and 35 languages
  • Electronic customs declarations for inbound duty relief

Want to see our Technology in action? Watch our live demo!

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We’re on a mission to make EU selling easier than ever.

For help and advice on shipping to the EU and beyond – Contact us to find out more!