KIAP assisted the Principal to return 34 mln rubles of previously paid customs duties

KIAP assisted the Principal to return 34 mln rubles of previously paid customs duties

After the thorough analysis of the Principal’s import operations for the last three years’ period it was determined that during customs clearance of certain categories of products a lower customs duty rate could have been applied, so the Principal possessed a right for recovery of previously overpaid customs duties and taxes.

The application for recovery of overpaid customs duties was left without consideration by the customs authority. The company appealed to the Arbitration court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region with the requirement to recognize the inaction of the Customs illegal and the obligation to refund customs duties.

The court of first instance agreed with the position of the claimant and ordered the customs authority to refund customs payments in the amount of 34 mln rubles, the court's decision was executed by customs on a voluntary basis.

The interests of the Principal at all stages of the project were represented by KIAP Partner Alexey Sizov.

Customs and International Trade

KIAP's Customs and international trade section offers a full range of legal services in the area of customs law, administrative and legal representation in disputes with customs authorities, and advice on the application of and compliance with the relevant legislation. The practice is headed by Partner and Attorney at law Alexey Sizov, personally recommended by the international legal directories Best Lawyers 2021 (in three areas: Customs and Excise Law, Litigation, Trade Law) and Who's Who Legal 2019 (Trade & Customs), as well as by Russian Pravo-300 (Foreign trade/Customs Law and Currency Regulation) and "Kommersant" (Customs and International trade), who has extensive experience in settling and litigating disputes with customs authorities and advising on various aspects of customs law and IMEX. Among the practice's clients are major Russian and international retailers and manufacturers.

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