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VAT exemption for transport services directly related to the export of goods: application postponed until 1 April 2022

On 22 November 2021, the Belgian tax authorities published an addendum to their previous circular of 27 October 2021. This postpones the restriction of the VAT exemption for transport services directly linked to an export of goods to 1 April 2022.


According to Article 146(1)(e) of Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28.11.2006 on the common system of value added tax, Member States shall exempt the supply of services, including transport and transactions ancillary to transport, but excluding the supply of services exempted in accordance with Articles 132 and 135 of Directive 2006/112/EC, where these are directly linked to the exportation or importation of goods covered by Articles 61 and 157(1)(a) of Directive 2006/112/EC.

In judgment ‘L.C. IK, Case C-288/16, of 29.06.2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union delimited the scope of this exemption with regard to transport services directly linked to the export of goods.

Source VATsquare

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