As of July 1, 2021 the VAT exemption for imported parcels with contents valued up to 22 euros will be lifted.
New European import VAT regulations
- All commercial goods imported from foreign countries to the European Union or French Overseas Departments within the European Union will be subjected to VAT regardless of their value. VAT will be applied at the rate in effect in the buyer's country of residence.
- All commercial goods imported from foreign countries or from the European Union within the French Overseas Departments will be subjected to VAT regardless of their value. The VAT will be applied at the rate defined in the DOM of residence of the buyer.
For shipments whose value does not exceed 150 euros there will be two possibilities:
- either the VAT will be applied at the time of the sale using the new one-stop import system (IOSS) for your shipments from individuals customers located in the French Overseas Departments as well as from any other country to Metropolitan France.
- or the VAT will be collected directly by Chronopost at the time of delivery of the parcel by the delivery person or online (depending on the origin of the goods).
The introduction of the One-Stop-Shop for Imports (IOSS) aims to facilitate and simplify the declaration and payment of VAT for your online sales to your customers in the European Union.