As of July 1, new conditions come into force for the delivery of goods from China and other countries outside the European Union. We will not please you, but in addition to VAT, you will also pay new fees of Slovenská pošta. The portal informs about their amount Živé.sk and also the website of our mail itself.
Summary of the whole article: This is how it really comes with fees
As a proper information "mess" has emerged on the Slovak Internet in recent days regarding the fees of Slovenská pošta, we would like to put it in perspective. This is how it will actually be:
The basic fee of € 9 with VAT applies to a shipment for which it was necessary to contact the addressee and manually fill in the missing data. The reduced fee of € 4 with VAT applies to a shipment for which it was necessary to manually complete the missing data.
The minimum fee of € 2 with VAT applies to a shipment for which no operator intervention was required and the customs procedure took place fully automatically.
Slovenská pošta has decided to temporarily reduce the above fees. The basic fee of € 9 with VAT will be reduced to € 4 with VAT and the reduced fee of € 4 with VAT will be reduced to € 2 with VAT. The temporary adjustment of fees should last until 1 September 2021.
This means that a fee of MINIMUM € 2 will be charged for each package from Chinese warehouses. And even if you already pay VAT at the seller, when the package passes the so-called "Automated customs procedure", where the authority checks whether VAT has actually been paid. We rely on information at official website of Slovenská pošta. Packages from European warehouses already through customs do not pass, so it does not apply to them (which we tested ourselves by ordering goods from the EU warehouse).
Original information from the Financial Report
The Financial Administration of the Slovak Republic recently informed that after July 1, 2021 a new amendment to the law enters into force, which cancels the exemption of shipments up to 22 € from VAT. Based on the information that we also published in an extensive article, it looked like that if you filled in the customs declaration yourself, you would only pay VAT.
However, he is now entering the whole process Slovenská pošta, which introduces new customs clearance fees for consignments from third countries.
New fees of Slovenská pošta
If you are not interested in your shipment being cleared by Slovenská pošta, but you want to arrange everything yourself, prepare not only for the new fee, but also for other duties. First it is necessary to inform the post office that you are not interested in using their services in the customs procedure.
You have to do that at least 48 hours before the entry of the consignment into the territory of Slovakia through a document entitled Disagreement. You can send it by e-mail to the address email@example.com or by post to one of the customs declaration departments.
However, you will not avoid the fee of 4€ for presentation of the consignment to the customs office, storage and related operations. So if you want to solve everything yourself, the fee will cost you € 4 with VAT.
Lower fee when using postal services
The interesting thing is that if you leave the customs declaration lodged by post, in some cases you will pay less, only 2 €. The following 3 scenarios are considered, each with a different fee.
The first the possibility is that you do not express disagreement with the use of Slovenská pošta's services, when the post office will try to file a customs declaration in an automated manner, without the intervention of a post office worker. In this case, you will pay a fee 2€ with DPH. However, the condition is that the post office will have all the necessary information from the transport company or the sending post office. However, it is not known exactly what this information must contain. Then the assessed VAT (VAT for the goods themselves) will be paid by the customer upon receipt of the shipment.
The other scenario is that you also do not disagree with the use of postal services, which will try to file an automated customs declaration, which, however, will not be successful due to missing information about the shipment. Such a consignment will be stored in the warehouse of a temporary obstacle and the employees of Slovenská pošta will fill in the missing data manually. The post office will then file a customs declaration, but you will pay a fee due to the necessary intervention of the post office worker 4€ with DPH. Then the assessed VAT (VAT for the goods themselves) will be paid by the customer upon receipt of the shipment.
Third, the most expensive scenario is if the automated lodging of a customs declaration by the post office fails, but the worker will not be able to complete the missing data as they will not be available. The shipment will be stored in the warehouse again and the post office worker will contact you and ask for additional data. Then he files a customs declaration and you pay 9€ with DPH. Then the assessed VAT (VAT for the goods themselves) will be paid by the customer upon receipt of the shipment.
Temporary reduction of fees
Slovenská pošta decided to September 1, 2021 reduce fees, which result from the unsuccessful automated lodging of a customs declaration (scenarios 2 and 3 from the previous chapter). The € 4 fee will be temporarily reduced to 2€, and also the fee of € 9 will be reduced to 4€.
However, keep in mind that if your shipment is stored in a temporary barrier warehouse longer than 18 days, you pay for each additional day 50 cents.
Another problem can occur if mail decides to perform randomly shipment control. In this case, the post office will contact you with a request to submit proof of purchase to verify its value. As interaction with the recipient is required, you will pay a fee 9€ (temporarily 4 €) + VAT.
You can find more information at official website of Slovenská pošta. The new fees will probably not please anyone, so we recommend using the proven types of transport from Banggood, about which we informed in a recent article, or buy from European warehouses.