In his last Budget, the Government announced some changes with regards to taxation on some products being transported to Malta from within the European Union and beyond. Changes have been made to the excise tax rates on Non Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco products and Plastic sacks and bags. In addition, as of the 1st of January 2017, new products are now being classified as excisable goods, which include Perfumeries, Make-up products, Beauty care and skin products, Hair care products, Deodorants, Aftershave, Room deodorisers, Soap products, Shower gels, Concrete structures, Ceramic tiles, Float glass, Reinforcing bars, Iron wire mesh and Steel beams. This is in addition to those products which were included in the excisable goods list in recent years which include Beer, Wines & Spirits, Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco products, Chewing Gum, Water, Tyres, Fuels, Cement, Petroleum products and Lubricating oils. A complete list with changes to the excise regime can be found here.
Our declarations to Customs will be done according to the information supplied by yourselves at booking stage or as received from your suppliers abroad. Kindly understand that when the information provided to us is not accurate or is not received on time, we will not be able to fulfill our obligations with Customs. It is the responsibility of the importer to inform us before arrival whenever the commodities being imported consist of excisable goods. There might also be penalties imposed by Customs due to erroneous declarations and we will have to pass these on to the responsible party. Hence we call on your co-operation to provide us with such information accurately and on time, thus enabling us to inform Customs of these goods prior to the inbound trailer exiting the gate at the local port.
For any further information please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to guide you accordingly.