Thanks to the system of secure trade lanes, in which supplier and customer are registered as Authorized Economic Operators (AEO), customs processes are fast and efficient. Why? Because AEOs enjoy simplified administrative procedures, limited customs checks, and priority over non-AEOs.
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Flanders: your ticket to the European Union
Want to import non-EU goods into the EU via Flanders? Three main factors determine the treatment of imports into Flanders:
- Commodity code: An alphanumeric code to classify goods and services for easy identification. Upon request, you can get a Binding Tariff Information (BTI) from the customs authorities. The decision is valid in all EU member states for 6 years.
- Origin: Products imported into the EU have an economic or fiscal origin. The former determines import restrictions and licenses; the latter determines whether a product is eligible for preferential import duty rates.
- Customs valuation: Import duties and VAT are usually calculated based on the customs value stated in the invoice. Sometimes, an alternative basis may be agreed upon, e.g. first sale, cost-plus, or resale minus methods.
With a surface area of a mere 13,522 km2, Flanders offers an impressive portfolio of almost 800 EDCs, or 5 EDCs for every 100 km2 – the highest EDC density in all of Europe.