Nikiforov: the tax-free threshold e-Commerce in €150 will not affect the interests of the citizens

Nikiforov: the tax-free threshold e-Commerce in €150 will not affect the interests of the citizens

MOSCOW, December 3. The reduction in the threshold duty-free e-Commerce from €1000 to €150, will have a major impact on the interests of citizens.

This was stated by Minister of communications and mass media Nikolai Nikiforov.

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“Setting the mark in the area of €150 does not dramatically affect the current situation and will allow to win those who use the threshold as a channel for actually commercial procurement”, – said Nikiforov.

According to him, the Ministry is discussing this issue with colleagues from the Eurasian economic Commission.

At the end of November Nikiforov reported that about 80% are small parcels, it fits into the €150. He noted that the Ministry of communications against one-time reduction in the threshold duty-free e-Commerce, and is not proposing the introduction of fixed payment for online purchases.

“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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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).