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Re-exporting repaired equipment

From Kyrgyzstan
To Germany
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Jan 14, 2021

In 2014, we have sold a device to a customer of ours in Kyrgyzstan. Recently, the device needed to be repaired under warranty and was returned to us. We have imported the item and customs cleared it for free circulation in the EU. We have then sent it to our supplier in Germany, who in turn sent it on to their facilities in the UK to be repaired. It’s now back in our warehouse and we would like to get it ready to be shipped back to our customer in Kyrgyzstan. How should we export this shipment – does an inward processing relief apply?

1 answer

Kerim A.
Jan 14, 2021

Inward processing relief applies when goods are, for example, sent from the EU to a third country to be repaired and are then returned to the EU following the repair. This is not the case in your scenario. Following your regular import clearance in the EU and movements within the EU, you are now exporting again to a third country, which requires a regular export declaration. You might have been able to save duties at point of import from Kyrgyzstan, by customs clearing the goods under outward processing relief instead of clearing it for free circulation.

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