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Date: 29/05/2008 - 29/05/2008
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Antwerp
Type: FCCC events
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The Flanders–China Chamber of Commerce and Ernst & Young, with the support of Flanders Investment and Trade, organized a seminar on Indirect Tax Aspects of Doing Business with China.

This seminar took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Antwerp and gave an overview about the following topics: 


  • situation with cooperation on supply chain security and ‘Green Lane’ initiatives between Belgium and China
  • current status of the EU’s Generalised System of Preferences for goods originating from China
  • duty and VAT optimization aspects of importing Chinese goods into the EU
  • China’s recent export VAT refund regime and restriction of processing trade relief

Guest speaker Mr Frank Verbeeck, EA Inspector from the Belgian Customs Administration, gave an interesting update on the Authorised Economic Operator program and the Green Lane initiatives between Belgium and China. 

Mrs Chris Horckmans, Executive Director Customs and International Trade, Ernst & Young Belgium, focused on importing into Belgium with elements determining the duty cost such as tariff classification, origin determination and customs valuation.

Her colleague, Mr Robert Smith, Partner Customs and International Trade Ernst & Young China, gave a presentation about importing into China including areas such as importer of record status, customs valuation, special trade regimes, China’s export VAT refund regime and the New Enterprise Categorization System.

The seminar was attend by 60 participants.
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