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Changes to French VAT law from 1st January 2022

Significant changes to French VAT law take place from the 1st January 2022. The management and collection of Import VAT will be transferred from French Customs to the French Tax Authority and Postponed VAT Accounting (PVA) will become compulsory for all VAT registered businesses importing goods to France from non-EU countries.

This means Import VAT will no longer be paid at the point of import and the French importer will account for it in their VAT returns. As a result, shippers will no longer be able to pay Import VAT on behalf of the receiver under Delivered Taxes Paid (DTP) shipping terms.

If you are sending to a VAT registered business in France, you will need to provide their French VAT number for import declaration and clearance purposes.

Private individuals and non-VAT registered entities will not be affected by these changes and Import VAT will continue to be collected by the Customs Authority at the point of import.

Please find updates and service restrictions concerning shipping to France below:

General Information for France

All shipments between the UK and the EU require customs clearance. Please refer to our Customs Information.

Carrier Information for France

DHL shipping information for France

FedEx shipping information for France

TNT shipping information for France

UPS shipping information for France

TG Express shipping information for France

TG International shipping information for France

Please note: this is not a comprehensive list of restrictions and is provided for guidance only. Transglobal Express kindly encourages customers to seek advice from the relevant government authorities for further clarification and the most up to date advice.


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