The new reform from the European Union regarding compulsory VAT for all products from third countries has not pleased anyone. At AliExpress, everything became more expensive by 20% (as far as Slovakia is concerned) and fees have also been added Slovak Post for customs proceedings. However, the sellers at AliExpress came up with a clever trick on how to avoid VAT.
However, some stores such as Banggood or Geekbuying have remained, almost, in the old way, and the only thing you will pay when ordering from a Chinese warehouse is the Slovak Post fee. You will not pay anything extra from the EU warehouse from these stores. But let's take a closer look at AliExpress.
The skilful Chinese invented themselves
However, the trick of Chinese sellers is only applicable to packages over 150 €, because a fee other than VAT must already be paid here, same duty. Products over 150 €, which are available in both Chinese and European stock, you can order "as is" from a Chinese warehouse, but the seller will still send it to you from a European warehouse. Of course, the product must also be available in the EU warehouse.
Above € 150, Aliexpress does not automatically collect VAT, because by default this amount can also lead to the payment of customs duties, which is a different fee from VAT.
All packages over 150 € undergo standard customs procedures, as was the case before the new law, nothing has changed in this. Of course, this only applies to packages from third countries (ie China).
The whole trick is that the goods look as if they were ordered from a Chinese warehouse, so over 150 € you do not pay VAT, but the seller will actually send it from the European warehouse. And since packages transported within the EU are no longer subject to customs clearance or any additional charges, the seller at Aliexpress will save you an additional 20%.
The trick is based on these rules, which you can see in the picture above.
It works like this with this vacuum cleaner from Viomi (a subsidiary of Xiaomi), where the procedure is also indicated in the figures in the product description. If we find more than one such product, we will definitely let you know in the form of an article on the web, so turn on notifications, subscribe to our newsletter or follow our Facebook.