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Customs 2023

2023, a year of change for the customs sector

Customs is a key mechanism in the logistics and transport sector through which all exports and imports must pass, in order to keep track of the goods entering and leaving a given country. Operinter, a 360º global freight forwarder, has a customs service that formalises all the necessary procedures before the Administration so that your goods are cleared in the shortest possible time, thus guaranteeing a highly qualified service.

Due to warnings from some professionals in the sector about the lack of efficiency of customs services, the Customs and Excise Department of the State Tax Administration Agency (AEAT) has implemented new procedures, aligned with European customs regulations, to help improve the transit of goods in foreign trade operations. These measures will come into force in 2023.

New measures adopted by the AEAT

These are the main customs milestones that will stand out this new year:

– Control measures for the import of electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and accumulators by the Official Service for Inspection, Surveillance and Regulation of Exports SOIVRE.

– Tax on non-reusable plastic packaging. A tax of 0.45 euros per kilogram on non-reusable plastic packaging, in order to reduce its impact on the environment and encourage its reuse and recycling.

– Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms (CBAM). The CBAM targets imports of products from carbon-intensive industries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and will start to operate from October 2023.

– New customs declaration of information. A new customs declaration for imports will come into force during 2023, similar to the one for exports in force since 18 October 2022.

– Reform of the Customs Union. A reform of customs legislation that calls for urgent structural change in customs. A paradigm shift to ensure that EU customs contribute to Europe’s security and defence and act as a Union-wide system.

A complete and efficient service

At Operinter we offer customised customs services with a total guarantee of efficiency and speed. We have import, export, transit and bonded warehouse clearance and management of border control inspections with subsequent review and verification of customs declarations.

In addition, as regards storage, at Operinter we have warehouses authorised by the Directorate General of Customs, such as:

– ADT (Temporary Deposit Warehouse).

– LAME (Local Authorised Export Goods Warehouse).

– DA (Customs Warehouse).

– DDA (Bonded Warehouse).

A complete, regulated and efficient customs service is key to the good economic and social functioning of the country.

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