Petition No 0946/2021 by Kuisma Lappalainen (Finnish) on the import of small consignments without VAT being charged  
Petition data  

0946/2021

Summary title: Petition No 0946/2021 by Kuisma Lappalainen (Finnish) on the import of small consignments without VAT being charged

Petition number: 0946/2021

Topics: Trade,  Brexit,  Taxation,  Transport

Country: Finland

Petitioner data  

Name: Kuisma Lappalainen

Petition Summary  

The petitioner opposes the new VAT arrangements for small consignments that entered into force from 1 July 2021. The petitioner refers to the legal situation before the law was changed, when small consignments were only taxed if their value exceeded EUR 22. Such consignments are now also subject to VAT and a flat-rate service charge levied by the postal service, which also applies to consignments from the UK after Brexit. This is particularly problematic in high-tax countries such as Finland, the petitioner’s home country. Goods worth less than EUR 150 are exempt from customs duties. The petitioner therefore requests that goods worth less than EUR 150 be exempted from VAT, which would also ease the workload of the customs authorities.