Global Service update 1st July 2 ...

Update to French Import Processing:

In recent times, we have seen many changes in Customs regulations throughout the world, and now we wish to make you aware of another one.

On 1st January 2022, important changes came into effect in the French Value Added Tax (VAT) regime, which impacted businesses importing goods from Rest of World (Non-European Union* Countries) to France:

Key Changes:

Import VAT for shipments into France was no longer collected by the French Customs Authorities (upon Import Clearance).

Import VAT was automatically accounted for under the Importer’s (Importer of Record) French VAT number via the compulsory reverse-charge mechanism.

This means that companies acting as Importer of Record in France will require a valid French VAT number.

In a case where a non-EU Business Shipper wants to act as Importer, a valid French VAT number is required, and a Fiscal Representative must be appointed to comply with its VAT obligations.

French customs have been phasing this process into effect since January 1st however this is now implemented with full effect. If consignments are sent without showing the full VAT registered EU EORI number, they will be automatically returned at your cost. Please be aware UCS site requests EORI but does not insist and will not allow you to complete booking without providing receiver EORI. This is because this only relates to business addresses and not residential. We can also not check the validity of the provided EORI so please ensure information is correct.

In addition, we also share with you with useful external links, which can help you determine the steps needed to make sure your business is ready to comply with the changes in the French VAT regime.

French Customs Authorities Website | Postponed accounting for import VAT:

French Customs Authorities Website | Registration with French Customs:

French Customs Authorities Help Desk: +33 1 72 40 78 50

Should you have any specific questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Operational Update:
Due to closure of Ukrainian airspace, our flight operations to and from Ukraine are suspended. Therefore,
we have temporarily suspended the acceptance of DHL shipments to and from Ukraine.
Russia:Domestic and Inbound services to Russia have been suspended, no shipments accepted until further
Belarus:Full Services suspension.
Portugal:During this week, Lisbon will host the UN Ocean Conference 2022. Due to this event there will be
operational and pick up and delivery constraints for Lisbon Service Area.
Public Holiday:
3rdJuly: Belarus
5thJuly: Armenia, Czech Republic (The), Slovakia
6thJuly: Czech Republic (The), Kazakhstan, Lithuania


Operational Update:
PublicHoliday:1stJuly: Canada, Marshall Islands, Suriname, St. Maarten
2ndJuly: Curacao
4thJuly: American Samoa, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Commonwealth No. Mariana Islands, Guam,
Guatemala, Guyana (British), Puerto Rico, St. Vincent, United States Of America, Virgin Islands, (British),
Virgin Islands (US)
5thJuly: St. Vincent, Venezuela
8thJuly: Palau

Asia Pacific:

China cities suspensions and restrictions are evolving rapidly on a daily basis with multiple changes. Our
China team has released a new site to ensure all service suspensions are updated on this site. This ensures all
customers are kept up to date of the changes. Kindly refer to this hyperlink for the latest DHL China service
impact. (In case of any clarification, please contact your account manager)
It is recommended to use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome when accessing to allow it to be translated to
Global Pick-up Suspension for below cities remains:
Shaoguan, Xizang, Maoming
Public Holiday:1stJuly: Bangladesh, Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Nauru (Republic Of)
4thJuly: Tonga
7thJuly: Solomon Islands
8thJuly: Maldives