There was a season when buying products from other countries, especially China, was something that many did as they were much cheaper than those sold here. Nowadays it is not so much, although there are still many people who are still buying in those parts, but in recent times there have been problems with customs or with the management that is done by ADTPostales, such as having to pay for procedures that we can do for ourselves.
Online orders are becoming more common every day and there are already millions of people who use this way of shopping as one of the main ones, depending on the type of product that we are going to purchase.
The point is that when you ask within the European community you will not have any kind of problem, since there are no commercial borders. To order abroad and specifically to countries like China, is another story, since we may suffer that customs paralyze the article.
In this case, in recent times, there have been several cases where the user has come across with different types of problems both bureaucratic and monetary by the customs themselves or by the management carried out by ADTPostales. Let’s see how we can fix it.
Do you really know what customs or ADTPostales are?
The customs exist in all the countries of the world, its main task being to ensure that do not enter this state any product that could be illegal such as not allowed food, drugs or weapons among other types of illegalities.
Another of the customs duties is to detect products that really have a value higher than declared. This is the subject that will occupy us today, since it is the reason why a purchase can stop us.
At this point is where ADTPostcards, a company that belongs to Correos, comes into action, since it is in charge of controlling all these types of products, unless there is some type of sanitary or other component that they cannot control and verify.
The performance of this postal company, belonging entirely to the Spanish State, once our product has been stopped at customs, it means that, for an additional cost, we can perform the tasks of unlocking the merchandise.
The problem comes when, there have already been cases of this type, those procedures are carried out automatically, to the surprise of the client, in addition to applying prices that are somewhat out of place. That is why the best thing, on many occasions, is that we carry out the procedures ourselves.
The bank is obliged to inform the Treasury if it detects certain types of income. And we are not talking about millionaire amounts, it is enough to enter a bill of 500 euros, or more than 3,000 euros, so that the Treasury automatically receives a notice.
New European regulations with VAT
The truth is that from the day July 1, 2021, It is no longer so cheap to buy orders from China, since, from that date, any product coming from eastern lands will pay VAT regardless of its value. Until now, those products that were worth less than 22 euros did not pay tariffs or VAT.
Well, the Value Added Tax is something that they cannot get rid of, but they can get rid of tariffs, so many products continue to arrive with prices much lower than what they really cost and that is why they are stopped at customs.
Many Chinese companies that sell online have chosen to open warehouses in some European country, which implies that when making the distribution, VAT is not applied, since it is not a product that is still for sale to the public, which makes it cheap for them and then they can put really competitive prices even for those products that they have in Europe.
It is the way they have found to not have more problems in customs.
But how much can they charge us?
If we have made the purchases as individuals or as a company, we will have to face, at the moment in which customs has paralyzed a product, to three different charges.
These are divided into the following:
Duties and special taxes of the EU. VAT. Customs broker fees and expenses, charging its corresponding VAT;
As we have already told you about VAT is to be paid in any type of product, whatever its value, but what is the collection of duties will be from a value of 150 euros, or what is the same, if the customs value is lower than said import, no type of tariff cost will be applied.
It is very convenient to know this new regulation, since the one that has been used in recent years is no longer operational.
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Get into action ADTPostales
In theory ADTPostcards is the Correos company dedicated to facilitating the importation of merchandise that has been detained in customs.
So far everything is correct, although it ceases to be so beautiful at the moment in which this company sends the client, directly and without prior notice, a budget for importing the merchandise, taking charge of all the management, without us having given any kind of permission for it.
The result of all this is that on many occasions they ask for exorbitant amounts, which sometimes even exceed the value of the product itself, taking into account factors as highly arbitrary as the weight or the country of origin of the shipment to increase the price.
Do not pay ADTPostales
Let’s see what is the way to avoid having to pay ADTPostcards the amount you ask us, since, once the conflict with this company is resolved, we will focus on completing the process, but this time with the AEAT (Tax Agency) directly.
To avoid the payment in ADTPostales we need either the electronic DNI (with its reader), a Cl @ ve PIN or a digital certificate. In addition, we must have our bank account and the purchase invoice at hand.
Now we must do the following:
When we are done we go to menu where we will access the status of the processing. There we will find a document to download in the section Download Processing Document. We download this document and fill it in with the information you request. Now is the time to write them a letter, using a text editor, where we indicate our name and surname in addition to the DNI, requesting the cancellation of the import managed by any agent, since we are going to do it ourselves, to which we will also have to add shipping information such as the number tracking, for example. Then we must incorporate both the DNI on both sides and our signature into that document and save it in the cloud that we use. We access the section Customer service and then go to Documentation and procedures. Now let’s Other incidents on documentation and import procedure. In this section we are going to write a message in which we make it clear that we want to cancel the import DUA of the shipment (we put the tracking number) and that we are going to carry out the procedure with the AEAT. Then we must link the document that we have created before with all our data including the DNI and the signature.
Once several days have passed we should Receive an email indicating that the request has been approved.
We will have to check manually, since they will not notify us, by accessing the AEAT website, it is necessary to know when we can start the procedures, that is, when they stop telling us In processIt will be when we can do it.
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Procedures in AEAT
Now is the time when we must manage the entire shipment at the Tax Agency, to continue with the manual process that we have undertaken.
The steps are these:
Now we must choose whether or not our shipping is higher than 150 euros. If it is lower we must select Low value import submission form H7. If the value is higher we choose Import – Declaration of shipments for individuals. This is the case on which we are going to base ourselves. Now we must choose between using digital certificate or Cl @ ve PIN. Then we fill in the data requested from us, including the details from the seller. If we do not know all of them, the solution is to contact the company and have them sent to us. We must also put the reference number shipping, something we saw on the ADTPostales website. The last thing we need to change is the badge in which we have paid, the total price of the invoice including shipping costs and a brief description of the goods. Now it will open a window where we can shipping number on the invoice, in addition to indicating how many units we have purchased of that product. At this moment we are going to attach all the documentation that we collect steps before (without forgetting to include the invoice), signing everything through our certificate with the DNIe. If it looks like a green circle, everything has gone correctly. Then it only remains to go to the section Tax Debt Payment, where we must put the IBAN of our bank account, obtaining a certificate model 031 where it will tell us how much we are going to pay. One time paid and with the receipt (It is in the My files section of the AEAT website), it only remains for us to go to the ADTPostales website and send it to you, returning to the same section where we informed you that we did not need their services when importing.
From here we should receive our package in a few days, since you will already be totally free of any type of cargo in customs.
As you have been able to read, it is not very difficult to carry out these procedures, although they can be lengthened in time due to the bureaucracy of these services. Even so, it is clear that in this way we will not have to pay the prices, sometimes somewhat abusive, of the management that ADTPostales has and that many users have already complained about.