Corona Update: the Impact on Import, Export, and other Customs-related Matters

Coronavirus update: de effecten op import, export en andere douanezaken

Kelsey Schenk - Marketing Officer
Kelsey Schenk
Marketing Officer

We hebben het laatste nieuws voor je verzameld op het gebied van corona, import, export en douanezaken, dat we afgelopen week zijn tegengekomen.

Duitse overheid biedt ademruimte aan ondernemers

De duitse overheid biedt financiële ruimte aan bedrijven die geraakt worden door de coronacrisis door ze uitstel te geven op het betalen van belastingen, zonder daarvoor rente te rekenen.

Under the support measures, businesses unable to pay their taxes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for temporary, interest-free deferrals of these payments. This measure applies to income tax, corporation tax and value-added tax.

While taxpayers will need to explain to the tax authorities that they have been directly affected by the virus, they will not need to document this in detail when requesting a deferral. Businesses can file applications with their respective tax offices until December 31, 2020.

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EU, VK, en VS nemen maatregelen om import van medische goederen te versoepelen\

De Europese Unie heeft tijdelijk de importtarieven en BTW op medische voorraden geschorst.

The relief will apply across the European Union retroactively and cover a range of essential medical products such as protective masks and clothing. The move comes after several EU governments asked the commission to authorize the suspension of tariffs and VAT at the national level in response to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19.

When the medical items are not coming from outside the EU, governments could temporarily allow hospitals to defer VAT on them to a later date, and at the same time suppliers should be able to deduct the VAT to mitigate any cash flow problems…

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Het Verenigd Koninkrijk rekent geen import-belasting op medische goederen zoals test kits, medische apparatuur en beschermingsmaterialen.

“Waiving import taxes on vital medical equipment such as ventilators will speed up and increase the supply of critical items going to our frontline health workers,”…

The import duty changes came into effect on Friday but were only announced on Tuesday. The finance ministry said they would make Britain more attractive to companies who want to produce or donate equipment.

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De Verenigde Staten nemen geen anti-trust maatregelen tegen een groep logistiek dienstverleners die nu nauw samenwerken om medische voorraden naar plaatsen te brengen waar ze door het virus hard nodig zijn.

“These medical supplies distributors should be applauded for their efforts to both assist the United States in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and stay within the bounds of antitrust law,” said U.S. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim in a statement.

The medical supplies distribution collaboration is part of an emergency response plan initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department in late March to rapidly address a national shortage of protective medical gear, such as face masks, gowns and gloves, as well as medicines, for hospitals dealing with highly contagious coronavirus patients.

Lees meer over wat deze en andere bedrijven doen om hulp te bieden aan hen die getroffen zijn door het virus in het volledige artikel hier.

Trump moedigt de import van hulpgoederen aan, maar probeert export tegen te houden

De Verenigde Staten bestellen en ontvangen tonnen aan medische goederen. Deze worden nu verdeeld over de ziekenhuizen en het medisch personeel dat grote tekorten heeft aan deze materialen.

Aan de andere kant is President Trump juist bezig om het exporteren van bijvoorbeeld medische apparatuur, zoals beademingsmachines, te blokkeren. Amerika is als eerste aan de beurt, vindt hij.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis-based 3M is resisting pressure from the White House to stop exporting medical-grade masks to Canada and Latin America. 

In the past few weeks, the company has significantly ramped up production of N95 respirators on its own, but the White House invoked a wartime law on April 2 to require 3M to prioritize orders from FEMA. The Defense Production Act gives the federal government the power to dictate production and delivery schedules for private companies.

At the same time the White House wants to accelerate exports from other nations to the U.S., it is trying to keep U.S. companies from exporting supplies to other countries that are also dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Het coronavirus en Brexit

Boris Johnson was maandagavond naar de intensive care gebracht omdat de klachten die hij ondervond door corona ernstiger werden. Er is nog niet veel nieuws geweest over zijn gezondheid. Intussen heeft hij Dominic Raab, de Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, als zijn tijdelijke vervanger aangewezen.

De Engelse krant The Guardian schrijft over zijn huidige toestand:

Boris Johnson remains in intensive care but his condition is improving and he is sitting up in his hospital bed, the chancellor has said.

Rishi Sunak said the prime minister was “engaging positively” with medical staff as he gave an update on Johnson’s condition at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

He said Johnson was receiving “excellent care”, adding: “The latest from the hospital is the prime minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving.

“I can also tell you that he has been sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team.

No 10 has been receiving medical updates from doctors at St Thomas’ but Johnson is now not doing any work at all. He was working on his red box of government papers even after being admitted to hospital, up until when he was admitted to intensive care.

Johnson’s spokesman said he was able to be in contact with No 10 if necessary. However, he has not spoken to Dominic Raab, who is deputising for him, since going into hospital.

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Tot nu toe zijn er nog geen veranderingen voor wat betreft de Brexit tijdlijn. Premier Johnson is nog steeds vastberaden om de transitieperiode te laten eindigen op 13 december 2020.

Blijf op de hoogte

Om op de hoogte te blijven van het nieuws over het coronavirus en de impact daarvan op import, export en andere douanezaken, volg onze Corona Updates.

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