The Ministry of communications against one-time reduction in the threshold duty-free e-Commerce to €150

The Ministry of communications against one-time reduction in the threshold duty-free e-Commerce to €150


Phnom PENH, November 23. The Ministry of communications against one-time reduction in the threshold duty-free e – trade from the current €1,000 to €150, and also does not support proposals to introduce a fixed payment for online purchases. This was stated to journalists by the Minister of communications Nikolay Nikiforov.

“We believe that we need to act step by step. This is the authority of the Ministry of Finance, economic development, customs – how to choose the threshold and how to synchronize with our friends for the economic Union. But, in my opinion, now it is advisable not to do shock therapy, and somehow in the few steps to look at, that is in stages. There are several options on the agenda,” said Nikiforov, while refusing to clarify which options are considered advanced.

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As previously reported the newspaper “Vedomosti”, the working group of the Council of the Eurasian economic Commission developed a draft of the reduction in the threshold duty-free e-trade from the current €1,000 to €150.

“The proposals being considered now in the EEC. The most important thing is to make our citizens and those who handle the parcel, do not put any additional, unusual work – simply put, to conduct a separate assessment of the likely cost of each and every little package that we receive. And they received and processed on “Mail of Russia” 500 thousand a day. If we implement practices that are routine will be difficult, we just automatically get the complexity, delays, cost increases and so on”, – said Nikiforov.

He noted that now we are not talking about to establish for the citizens of the threshold to €150 of shopping through the Internet trade.

“On the parcel (proposed to establish the tax-free threshold e-Commerce), because keep track of how much citizen received a month, virtually impossible,” – said the Minister.

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He noted that measures should be simple, clear, and effectively implemented: “When we start to invent complex structures that much in a month as many pounds, so many pieces – we’re having bottleneck”.

According to him, about 80% are small parcels, it fits into the €150.

Nikiforov also spoke against the introduction of presumptive tax on online purchases.

“What is fixed payment? Who will pay for it? Where will people pay it? At the post office. Where will we assess? In the logistics centers. It is important to make sure that this does not complicate the procedure itself. Parcels over €1000 of them today, a few percent maybe. I will udumu that 80 percent of the parcels fit in the €150,” he said.

More than €150 but less than €1000

Earlier official representative of first Vice-Premier Alexander Shuvalov Majewski confirmed that on October 17, Igor Shuvalov held a meeting on which, in particular, discussed the issue of reducing the threshold. He stressed that on this issue the decision is still pending, having refused additional comments.

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“Due to the negative feedback on this initiative for many agencies, experts, in connection with the evolving economic situation it is not excluded that the initiative to refuse” – said the source.

In addition, as told by one of the participants of the meeting, the Ministry further requested to prepare a report on this topic. Earlier, the MAYOR prepared a negative opinion on the draft decree of the government about the lowering of the level of duty-free Internet trade from €1 thousand to €150.

Currently in the government to develop measures to strengthen control over Internet Commerce. The Federal customs service proposed initially to lower the threshold of duty-free purchases online up to €200. However, at the end of 2013, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that the Agency proposes to reduce this figure to €150.

It is also proposed to limit the weight to 10 kg and to regulate the ability to carry out such transaction no more than once per month (now is the weight of the package is limited to 31 kg, the frequency of shipments is not limited).