Strategizing International Tax Best Practices – by Keith Brockman

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has published a new Guide to Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing.

The Guide will:

  • Provide a policy/audit/control tool for Customs officials
  • Cross reference transfer pricing documentation that may be relevant for customs purposes
  • Address transfer pricing misconceptions
  • Reconfirm “transaction value” as the starting point for customs valuation
  • Encourage consideration of transfer pricing studies
  • Encourage consistency of transfer pricing adjustments
  • Encourage the provision of advance customs valuation rulings
  • Provide Best Practices for business, integrating customs and transfer pricing documentation/discussions

A succinct summary by DLA Piper, and the Guide, are provided for reference:

The Guide should also be used as a proactive tool to review reporting structures of transfer pricing and customs employees/advisors, functional integration, etc. to address the new changes in transfer pricing and the possible effect on customs valuations and documentation going forward.


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