As part of the EU free market reforms in the mid-1990’s, a new system was introduced to record the movement of goods across European borders. This system, known as, Intrastat filing, captures details and values of intra-community trade.
When do Belgian Intrastat declarations have to be completed?
When Belgian VAT registered companies, either resident or non-resident, sell or transfer goods across national borders, this intra-community trade should be recorded in the Intrastat declaration.
Intrastat filings list the goods sent out of Belgium as ‘dispatches’, as well as goods brought into Belgium as ‘arrivals’. Intrastat does not apply if the goods are coming in from outside of Europe (‘imports’) or being sent out of the EU (‘exports’).
What are the Belgian Intrastat DEB declaration thresholds?
All VAT-registered businesses must state the total value of any goods supplied, and/or acquired from, other member states in their VAT return. However, businesses exceeding certain thresholds are required to make Intrastat Supplementary Declarations (SDs). Current thresholds for Belgian SDs are €1,500,000 for arrivals and €1,000,000 per annum for dispatches.
Belgian Intrastat thresholds (per annum)
What information is included in a Belgian Intrastat filing?
Each movement of goods across the Belgian national border to/from another EU country must be listed. The shipment lists should include the trade classification, value, quantity, weight, commodity code and country code of arrival or dispatch.
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