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Release for free circulation

  • The purpose of release into free circulation: a procedure to eliminate the customs goods status and make it free for usage in the EU.

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Typically, in the case of goods arriving in the EU from a third country, the process begins with the submission of an electronic customs declaration and ends with the imposition and payment of customs duties and other public charges (tax) based on the decision of the Customs Authorities.

After we have reviewed the completed order (POA for customs clearance) and the documents related to the shipment - e.g. product description,invoice,etc.. - we prepare a calculation of the tax and customs duty , which we forward to our customer.

Due to the above, it is also possible to pay duty and tax directly through our account, which we forward to the Customs Authorities. On the other hand the customers can arrnage the payment on their own too as soon as the customs office create the customs decalration.

After paying the necessary fees, the shipments will be released. The completed documents are forwarded to the parties (customers, freight forwarders, authorities) concerned, so that everyone is informed in time about the condition of the goods.

From the point of view of customs representation, we distinguish the following:

· In the case of a direct customs clearance we act in the name and on behalf of the principal.

· As an indirect customs representative, we act in our own name in the interests of our clients.

These two methods cover different processes in the background, which we can provide detailed information on.