EU VAT ruling on goods held under customs suspension – Slovak Republic

Sun 2nd Dec 2012

The European Court of Justice has ruled on Slovak case concerning the VAT import liability of goods brought into EU under customs suspension.

The Court upheld the basic provision of the EU VAT Directive that goods brought into the European Union for the first time are liable to the import of the member state concerned.  However, countries may make provision for the suspension of VAT if the goods are held within approved VAT warehouses.

The ECJ ruled on this case that the goods may leave the warehouse, but were not put into free circulation.  They were therefore not liable to import VAT until the goods had eventually left the confines of the warehouse.