Tax representation enables companies outside the European Union to facilitate their export operations in this area by gaining all the advantages of a European company and none of the drawbacks!
SAFRAM assists many British and Swiss companies in completing their procedures with ease. It is a completely natural approach for us: founded as a transport company in Switzerland in 1965, SAFRAM created its French subsidiary in 1994 precisely to support two large Swiss manufacturers with their European distribution.
Every month, more than €300 million of goods are declared by our teams – find out how!
The principle is to assist third-party companies (based outside the EU) who wish to trade in the European Union, so that their operations are transparent for EU buyers. In this process, the buyer is not the importer, which eliminates all the administrative constraints that we manage as part of the overall international transport service offered to our customers.
One-off representation can be implemented immediately. Quick to set up, this method does not give rise to a monthly CA3 declaration and does not entitle a company to its own VAT identification number. One-off tax representation is reserved for firm sales made in a country other than the one where the goods clear customs. SAFRAM then carries out the operation from France or Germany, depending on the goods’ origin or destination. This solution is aimed at companies outside the EU which only export a small part of their production to this region.
For Swiss or British companies highly oriented towards export to Europe, established tax representation is more appropriate. This method takes longer to set up (2 to 3 months), but offers greater possibilities. It enables a company to obtain its own VAT ID number, recover VAT and operate throughout all the countries of the EU, including the one where its representative partner is located. It also authorises transnational operations (purchase in Spain then resale in Germany, for example), whether they are firm sales or legitimately free of charge.
SAFRAM also acts as a third-party representative, solely for customs procedures, for companies outside the EU with their own tax representation.
Our Tax Representation team has more than 20 years’ experience in this field. This allows us to make nearly 20,000 declarations every year.
This high level of expertise is essential to provide the right advice and the appropriate solution for each situation and each business project. Indeed, beyond a simple customer/supplier relationship, tax representation is based on a true partnership with complete confidence and transparency, since this approach involves joint fiscal responsibility. This corresponds in every way to the values inscribed in our DNA as a Swiss company, such as rigour, precision and ethics.
In short, SAFRAM brings together all the ingredients to allow our British or Swiss customers, more than ever, to trade in all EU countries with peace of mind!
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