Intrastat is the name given to the system for collecting statistics on the trade in goods between the countries of the European Union. Trade statistics are an essential part of the balance of payments account and are regarded as an economic indicator of the performance of the country. The statistics are used by government departments to set overall trade policy, generate initiatives on new trade areas and assessment of goods movements to plan for future transport infrastructure needs.

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What is an Intrastat return?

Intrastat is the system for collecting statistics on the movement of goods, not services, between Member States of the EU. The general concept of intra-EU trade statistics is independent from the ownership of the goods. It concerns only their physical movement.

Who has to submit a return?

All VAT registered businesses must complete 2 boxes (8 and 9) on their VAT Return showing the total value of any goods supplied to VAT registered customers in EU member states (known as dispatches) and the total value of any goods acquired from VAT registered suppliers in EU member states (known as arrivals). In addition to this, larger VAT registered businesses must supply further information each month on their trade in goods with EU member states. If you dispatch goods to EU member states or receive arrivals of goods from EU member states with a value exceeding a legally set threshold, then you must submit the additional information. To do this you use a form known as an Intrastat Supplementary Declaration (SD), which you need to submit electronically. The thresholds are reviewed annually, with any change normally announced towards the end of the preceding year. Changes will only apply from the beginning of a calendar year and you must make sure that you operate according to the threshold level currently set. Businesses not registered for VAT and private individuals who move goods within the UK or EU have no obligations under the Intrastat system.

What is an Intrastat return?

An Intrastat return is the electronic submission of the additional information required by the EU on goods traded between member states and another member state. This could be Arrivals or Dispatches or both depending on the company.

Who can submit an Intrastat return?

An Intrastat return can be completed by either the company themselves or outsourced to a third party agent who compiles the information and submits it electronically on the company’s behalf. Beagans Limited offers a full Intrastat outsourcing service to take the burden off your company. Contact us today to find out more.