EU Targets China’s Temu and Shein with Proposed Import Duty Reform
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EU Targets China’s Temu and Shein with Proposed Import Duty Reform

THE WHAT? The European Union is drafting plans to impose customs duties on inexpensive goods bought from Chinese online retailers, including Temu, Shein, and AliExpress, according to a report by the Financial Times. The European Commission is set to propose removing the current €150 (US$161) threshold, under which items can be purchased duty-free, later this month.

THE DETAILS Currently, EU regulations exempt packages purchased online from non-EU countries from customs duties if their value is under €150 (US$161). In 2023, approximately two billion parcels with declared values below this threshold entered the EU, straining customs capacities. The EU has been deliberating abolishing this limit as part of a broader customs reform project proposed in May 2023, with plans to expedite its adoption to counter the influx of low-cost imports.

THE WHY? The proposed duty aims to level the playing field for EU businesses by addressing the surge of cheap imports that benefit from tax exemptions.

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