Association of trading companies and manufacturers of consumer electronic and computer equipment (RATEK) has sent a letter to first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, which proposes to amend the tax scheme for equipment with LCD screens, entering the Eurasian economic Union (EEU). According to RATEK, from August 2015 the customs duty on small equipment with a screen less than 22 inches increased by 200-300%.
The Association represents the interests of the largest manufacturers and sellers of equipment, bringing together 49 companies. In particular, the Association includes Apple, Google, M. Video, Eldorado, Sony, Panasonic.
Letter RATEK (RBC) was sent on April 27, the copy — the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev. Of the office of the Deputy Prime Minister confirmed receipt of the letter, but the further comments has refused.
In a letter to business asking Shuvalov to pay attention to the current customs duty adopted by the Eurasian economic Commission (EEC) in August 2015: then on products with LCD screens was installed combination bet — 10% of the customs value of the goods, but not less than €25,5 apiece. Previously, the rate of duty was ad valorem, and accounted for 16% of the customs value.
The change in the rate of duty was to support local TV manufacturers. Today, according to the Association, about 85% of televisions with LCD screens manufactured in Russia. Localized production, such as Samsung, LG, TPV, Vestel, LG and others.
The authors of the letter remind that under the code of the commodity nomenclature of foreign economic activity (TN VED), which defines equipment with LCD screens, are not the only major goods — LCD TVs, and small appliances: iPods, e-readers, automotive multimedia devices, navigation systems, monitors. As stated in the letter, the rates on these categories of goods increased considerably due to the fact that the duty was to reach 190-300% of the customs value of inexpensive products.
RATEK leads the average customs cost of the goods: for DVD-players is €18,9, for automotive multimedia device — €43,6, for e-books — €11,4. “This technique unlike TVs are not produced in Russia and other EEU countries. In order not to pay the duty, importers have started to try to divert the products under other HS codes,” — said the representative of the Association Anton Guskov.
According to the representative of “M. Video” Regina Rodnyanskaya for 2015 in most segments, which are subject to a customs duty rate, there were no big new supply — sales were from current drains. “Therefore, to draw conclusions about the impact of fees on higher average prices prematurely. In the short term, when we begin to from suppliers goods from new deliveries, it will be clear what is the impact,” — said Rodnyansky.
The Association offers a code TN VED to withdraw individual positions for appliances with a screen size not exceeding 22 inches and for TVs, then for the first to establish the rate of fees in the amount of not more than 10% (and leave the current fee for TVs).