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Notice to all importers and producers regarding new excise commodities as from today the 13th of October 2015

CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT

13th October 2015

Media Release (English version):  Notice to all importers and producers regarding new excise commodities as from today the 13th of October 2015

As from the 13th of October 2015 and as stipulated in Monday’s Budget, Government introduced Excise Duty on bottled water, non alcoholic beverages, chewing gum, plastic bags and plastic carriers.

Excise Duty may be paid as described hereunder:

(i) either when goods are imported into Malta and these are directly released; or

(ii) within 90 days from the date of release for consumption from a tax warehouse under duty suspension.

As regards to the first procedure, an importer/producer must input their declaration in the Customs Electronic System (CES), irrespective of the country of importation, where excise duty must be paid immediately on release for consumption.
With regards to the second procedure, an importer should submit their declaration in the Customs Electronic System (CES), in order to warehouse their imported goods whereby the latter can be stored under duty suspension.  Excise duty would then be paid within 90 days from release.
The latter option is probably to be considered to be the most advantageous for the importers and one is probably more likely to choose this option.
Local producers are to enrol themselves to the second procedure i.e. apply for a tax warehouse keeper status.
As such, all of those importers who wish to apply for the Tax Warehouse Keeper Licence, even if they already possess a Customs Warehouse Keeper Licence, should immediately contact Customs Department, Excise Section (T. 25685200) to commence the registration process.
Customs Department notifies that its Excise Section provides its services to all stakeholders also on Saturdays from 8am until 12 noon.