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EUROSTAT SURVEY ON INTRA-EU TRADE DATA

Eurostat (the EU Commission’s statistical directorate) is launching an EU-wide survey aimed at businesses who submit Intrastat declarations.  If you submit Intrastat declarations, they want to hear how much of a burden, in terms of your time and money this process is to you and your views of how the collection of two new additional data elements would impact this:

•     VAT registration number of your EU Customer

•     Country of origin of the goods

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) would like as many UK businesses as possible to take part in the survey to ensure your views are heard, especially if you are a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME).  This is your chance to get your views heard by EU decision-makers.  The Intrastat admin burden survey, which can be accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/about/opportunities/consultations/intrastat, is open until 20th March 2016.

HMRC will also be contacting selected businesses to ask them to complete the survey but you do not need to wait for that call in order to take part.  If you receive a call from them, please consider taking part.  The call is genuine; the caller will give you their name and you will not be asked to provide any details about your business other than those required for the survey.  If you require any more information please contact Mark Ellis (e-mail mark.ellis@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk) of HMRC Customs Trade Statistics Policy Team.