International trade and Customs

If you trade internationally, cross-border commodity flows can have a tremendous impact on your VAT processes. This might involve importing materials, storing your stock or distributing your products to your sales locations. All of these activities involve VAT obligations, sometimes in several countries, depending on your business model. Have you considered how a Shared Service Centre model can impact your VAT processes?

Business models

Through globalization, commercial trends and new distribution markets, complex business models emerge. Within some models, business operations and functions are assigned to local offices, for example in an agent structure. A Shared Service Centre model means a centralisation of administrative and financial functions, including VAT compliance activities. All of this can result in a mix of supply of goods, whereby chain transactions with multiple buyers are more the rule than the exception. In such an environment, the optimisation and streamlining of your VAT processes is crucial. We will help you outline the VAT consequences of your goods movements.

Your organisation works with a European distribution centre in the Netherlands. Do you have a good overview of the import proces of your products and the VAT and Customs regulations? What are the advantages of a bonded warehouse? And what if your organisation decides to also sell to individuals from this distribution centre? These are questions that the VAT advisors of Baker Tilly Berk can answer.


In international trade, in addition to VAT you may also be involved with other taxes, such as import duties and excise costs. Import duties are often seen as a necessary evil, but through proper planning, you can save a lot of money at Customs. If you fail to meet the complex Customs formalities, this often leads to delays in the flow of your goods.
We help you apply Customs regulations and stipulations correctly and think along with you as to how you can simplify formal procedures and gain logistical advantages at Customs. We can also advise you on the consequences the new Customs legislation may have on your international trade.


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Baker Tilly Berk turnover increases by 12.7% to € 99.4 million

Strongest growth was recorded in audit and in tax consultancy.

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Fraud leads European Commission to announce a new VAT regime for intra-Community trade in goods

Fraud leads European Commission to announce a new VAT regime for intra-Community trade in goods

A new VAT regime will be introduced in order to reduce fraud. How will this affect your business?

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Possible European VAT impact for intermediaries in chain transactions!

Recently the VAT working group of the European Commission published a document in which they provide their opinion about the VAT treatment of ABC-transactions as a result of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgement 'Fast Bunkering'.

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Approval of VAT-system Gulf area

Last month the introduction of a VAT-system in in the Gulf area has been approved.

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New web application for your intrastat return

As of January 1 Dutch intrastat authorities, will introduce a new program for filing the intrastat returns. The web application Intrastat Data Entry Package (IDEP) will replace the current program called CBS-IRIS.

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Register now for new VAT rules E-Commerce

Because of new VAT rules for E-commerce services, companies can register in the MOSS system as of October 1, 2014.

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New VAT rules for E-commerce services: Are you ready?

As from 1 January 2015 new VAT rules for E-commerce services supplied to non-taxable customers within the EU are applicable.

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EU VAT refund

Entrepreneurs established all over the world are in principle entitled to a refund of EU VAT that has been charged to them. This newsletter explains how this EU VAT can be reclaimed.

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New rules for tax representation

The Dutch State Secretary of Finance has just released new guidelines for tax representatives. In particular, the rules for calculating the required security (for example a bank guarantee or cash deposit) have changed.

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