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KSA VAT Increase - Reminder 

Applies to the customers who use Air Express, Air Classic and DPD Direct 

Please note that the Saudi Government has announced it will increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate and break from the Gulf Cooperation Council's harmonized VAT framework.

Effective from 1st July 2020, the VAT will increase from 5% to 15%. VAT is a consumption Tax that the end-user is obligated to pay and we will be merely acting as a Collection Agent on behalf of the Government.

Import VAT at the rate of 15% will be payable on imports of goods based on the value of shipments cleared at Customs, subject to specific exemptions under applicable law.
Furthermore, Import VAT will also apply on Customs duty (if applicable), based on the value of declared shipments. Parcels over the value of 1000 SAR threshold (or approx £218) will be dutiable and be charged 15% VAT on the duty.

For most commodities in Saudi, duty is around 5%.

For example:

Value of Goods = 1500 SAR (approx £326)
Duty on commodity = 5%
15% VAT on value of goods = 225 SAR (approx £49)
15% VAT on 5% duty rate = 11.25 SAR (approx £2.50)
Total VAT to pay= 236.25 SAR (approx £51.36)

Please note that the duty threshold is 1000 SAR (approx £218), which means if the value of the good exceeds this amount only then will duties by applicable, tax will need to be paid on all commodities regardless of its value.

We will contact consignees to obtain payment of VAT and duties.
However in the event the consignee refuses to pay VAT or refuses to accept the shipment, the relevant charges will be billed back to the customer in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. An administration fee may be applicable.

India Cyclone - Nisarga

Applies to those customers who use Air Express, Air Classic, DPD Direct & International Mail 

Please be advised that Cyclone Nisarga has hit the south of Mumbai, the capital of
Maharashtra state. This has caused widespread disruption, with evacuations taking place.

As a result, delivery delays are to be expected in this area.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as soon as
further information becomes available.

New Norwegian VAT Scheme 

Applies to B2C sellers to Norway 

From 01 April 2020, the Norwegian Tax Authority will introduce a new VAT scheme - VAT On
E-commerce (VOEC). B2C sellers to Norway should register for the scheme with the Norwegian tax authority. This can be done on:

Registration is mandatory for any customer sending more than 50,000 NOK (approx £3790) of goods to Norway annually. Sellers must supply their VOEC number for shipments of less than 3,000 NOK (approx £230) in value, otherwise this may incur delays.

VAT on E-commerce (VOEC)