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All web store purchases delivered from outside the EU must be cleared through Customs as of July

All web store purchases delivered from outside the EU must be cleared through Customs as of July


The Finnish Government has issued a proposal on how the VAT reform applied in the EU is to be implemented in Finland. As of the start of July, all consignments, including those of a maximum value of 22 euros delivered from outside the EU, as well as consignments crossing the fiscal border in the customs territory of the EU, will be subject to value added tax and customs clearance.

This joint EU reform aims at a more equal competitive position for domestic businesses and for businesses in other EU member states. Customs clearance can be assigned to a representative such as Posti or some other transport company or be done personally at Customs e-service.

On 1 July 2021, the e-commerce VAT reform will enter into force in the EU, affecting the everyday transactions of many online buyers. As of 1 July, all consignments that arrive from outside the EU must undergo customs clearance and are subject to VAT. Presently, VAT is not required for small online purchases of a value of 22 euros or less. The reform will also affect goods that cross the fiscal border in the customs territory of the EU. In the future, VAT must therefore be paid also for consignments delivered from the Åland Islands to the rest of Finland and vice versa, and for consignments that arrive in the Åland Islands from other EU member states.

The purpose of the reform is to secure a fairer competitive position for domestic businesses, as well as businesses in other EU countries as, up until now, the VAT exemption on small consignments has brought about a competitive advantage for online sales from outside the EU.

On 25 February 2021, the Finnish Government has issued a proposal on how to implement the e-commerce VAT reform in Finland.

Customs clearance is easy – choose the method most suitable for you

Finnish Customs has renewed its Import Declaration Service for private persons to make customs clearances as easy and smooth as possible. You can also have Posti or some other transport company see to customs clearances on your behalf. If VAT has not been paid previously, it is paid in connection with customs clearance.

“Small consignments can be cleared through Customs just in the same way as consignments with a value more than 22 euros are currently cleared. Often you can purchase customs clearance services from a transport company or some other representative, or you can clear your goods personally at Customs e-service”, says Senior Customs Officer Nadja Painokallio, who is responsible for development of e-services for private customers.

In some cases, a buyer can pay VAT already as included in the purchase price of the goods; more information on this on the Vero.fi website. Also in such cases, the buyer must submit a customs declaration personally or, for example, authorise a transport company to submit a declaration.

Check the customs duties and taxes on your purchases conveniently with the customs duty calculator

You can check the final price estimate for your personal online purchases with the customs duty calculator that was updated just recently. By using the calculator for private customers, online shoppers can obtain an estimate of the amount of customs duty and VAT due before making purchases from outside the EU. The calculator also gives tips on things that online buyers should note for ensuring that their packages arrive without problems. Read our previous notice for more information about the new customs duty calculator.

Source: Finnish Customs



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Colorado Concerts Could Get to 80 Percent Capacity by July 2021

Colorado Concerts Could Get to 80 Percent Capacity by July 2021


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On February 25, Colorado officials signaled to music-industry leaders that COVID-19 capacity restrictions for live events could be loosening relatively soon, says Levitt Pavilion head Chris Zacher, who has served as co-chair of the Colorado Independent Venue Association and the state’s chapter of the National Independent Venues Association.

According to projections that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shared with Zacher and other industry leaders, by April 1, as most counties move to Level Blue on what would then be CDPHE’s COVID Dial 3.0, live events could return at 50 percent capacity with six-foot social distancing; by May 1, they could return at 60 percent capacity with six-foot social distancing, and in July and beyond, at Level Green, they could return at 75 to 80 percent capacity with three-foot social distancing or even no social distancing, depending on how many people have been vaccinated by then.

Outdoor venues like Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Levitt Pavilion, as well as indoor spaces over 28,000 square- feet in size, would benefit the most, says Zacher.

“Today CDPHE and the governor’s office made positive strides to ensure the long-term health and viability of Colorado’s arts and culture scene,” Zacher says. “Our member venues have been shuttered since March of 2020 and/or have been operating at reduced capacity, which is not a viable pathway for solvency. We are confident that these changes are a step in the right direction to help us save our stages, jumpstart our economy, and to get people back to work.”

Zacher and his Levitt team are already in the process of booking their venue’s 2021 calendar. Along with Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Levitt has applied for a variance from the state to allow for greater capacity shows. At Level Yellow, where Denver is currently, capacity in restaurants that offer live music is limited to 50 percent or fifty people, whichever is lower; at Level Blue on the current CDPHE Dial 2.0 — which Jefferson County just attained — capacity is limited to 50 percent or 175 people, whichever is lower (and if socially distancing can still be maintained).

Through the pandemic, Zacher has loudly championed the live music industry but also maintained a cautious position on reopening, encouraging the state to allow venues to host events only when it is safe.

But now, with more people being vaccinated and COVID-19 cases trending downward over the past several weeks (though that trend has flattened out in the past week), Zacher is optimistic that the day when large-scale shows return could be just around the corner.

Maybe.

CDPHE did offer a disclaimer when it spoke with the industry leaders: “If cases continue to decline new capacity limits will be raised by 5-10 percent. If cases rise, capacity limits will either stay stable or become more restrictive.” 

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All UK adults to be offered coronavirus vaccine by July 31: PM

All UK adults to be offered coronavirus vaccine by July 31: PM


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged that every adult in Britain will be given a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of July, reported Xinhua, quoting local media on Sunday.

“We will now aim to offer a jab to every adult by the end of July, helping us protect the most vulnerable sooner, and take further steps to ease some of the restrictions in place,” Johnson told Sky News.

The British government has previously set a target to offer vaccines to all adults by September.

According to Johnson, people aged 50 and over and those with underlying health conditions will now be offered a jab by April 15.

More than 17.2 million people in Britain have been given the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the latest official figures.

“But there should be no doubt — the route out of lockdown will be cautious and phased, as we all continue to protect ourselves and those around us,” he said.

Johnson’s announcement came as he is set to unveil his “roadmap” exiting the current coronavirus lockdown on Monday. It is widely expected that schools in England would start to open on March 8.

England is currently under the third national lockdown since outbreak of the pandemic in the country. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Johnson has said he would take a “prudent” approach to lift the lockdown to ensure the process is “irreversible”.

Another 10,406 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,105,675, according to official figures released Saturday.

The country also reported another 445 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain stood at 120,365. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.





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UK adults to be vaccinated by July 31 – POLITICO

UK adults to be vaccinated by July 31 – POLITICO



All British adults will be offered a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine by July 31, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday.

“We will now aim to offer a jab to every adult by the end of July, helping us protect the most vulnerable sooner, and take further steps to ease some of the restrictions in place,” Johnson said, according to the BBC.

The July 31 date is a month earlier than the country’s previous target.

The government also said it planned to offer a first vaccine dose to everyone over 50 by April 15.

The announcement comes a day before the government is expected to present a plan to ease lockdown restrictions ahead of Easter.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was confident the U.K. had the capacity to deliver. “We now think that we have the supplies to be able to do that,” he told Sky News on Sunday, adding that the U.K. can now inoculate up to 500,000 people per day.

Labour’s shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth called for teachers, police officers and other essential workers to be given priority in the vaccine rollout. But Hancock said: “There isn’t strong evidence that teachers are more likely to catch COVID than any other group.”

The U.K. has the highest vaccination rate in Europe, and has administered more than 17.8 million doses since December.





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UK adults to be vaccinated by July 31 – POLITICO

UK adults to be vaccinated by July 31 – POLITICO



All British adults will be offered a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine by July 31, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday.

“We will now aim to offer a jab to every adult by the end of July, helping us protect the most vulnerable sooner, and take further steps to ease some of the restrictions in place,” Johnson said, according to the BBC.

The July 31 date is a month earlier than the country’s previous target.

The government also said it planned to offer a first vaccine dose to everyone over 50 by April 15.

The announcement comes a day before the government is expected to present a plan to ease lockdown restrictions ahead of Easter.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was confident the U.K. had the capacity to deliver. “We now think that we have the supplies to be able to do that,” he told Sky News on Sunday, adding that the U.K. can now inoculate up to 500,000 people per day.

Labour’s shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth called for teachers, police officers and other essential workers to be given priority in the vaccine rollout. But Hancock said: “There isn’t strong evidence that teachers are more likely to catch COVID than any other group.”

The U.K. has the highest vaccination rate in Europe, and has administered more than 17.8 million doses since December.





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UK aiming to vaccinate every adult by end of July, government says

UK aiming to vaccinate every adult by end of July, government says


The UK government has announced it now aims to vaccinate every adult by the end of July – a month earlier than its previous target.

It also wants everyone over the age of 50, or with an underlying health condition, to get a vaccine shot by April 15, rather than May 1.

Announcing the new target, health secretary Matt Hancock said despite suppliers running into production problems, which have plagued the UK’s neighbours in the EU, the UK should have the supplies it needs to speed up its vaccination campaign.

Pfizer and AstraZeneca, the two producers of the vaccines the UK is using, have experienced supply problems in Europe.

The EU and AstraZeneca were involved in a public row last month about supply issues.

But while the EU has been slow to roll out its vaccination programme, the UK is one of a handful of countries racing ahead.

More than 17.2 million people, almost a third of the country’s adults, have been given the first of two doses of a jab since vaccinations began on December 8.

Britain is delaying giving second vaccine doses until 12 weeks after the first in order to give as many people as possible partial protection.

The approach has been criticized in some countries — and by Pfizer — but is backed by the UK government’s scientific advisers.

The UK has the worst death toll in Europe and has spent much of the winter in a strict lockdown.

Bars, restaurants, gyms, schools, hair salons, and all nonessential shops have been closed, while grocery stores, pharmacies, and takeaway food venues are still open.

The government is considering its roadmap out of lockdown but is taking a cautious approach with hospitals still treating around 20,000 coronavirus patients.

John Edmunds, a member of the government’s scientific advisory group, told the BBC on Sunday: “If we eased off very rapidly now, we would get another surge in hospitalizations.”

Edmunds said there is added uncertainty because of new virus variants, including one identified in South Africa, that may be more resistant to current vaccines.



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WBJEE 2021 exam on July 11, registration begins February 23

WBJEE 2021 exam on July 11, registration begins February 23



The West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam (WBJEE) 2021 will be held on July 11 and the online registration process will commence on February 23. Candidates will be able to apply for the state-level entrance exam on the WBJEE website wbjeeb.nic.in till March 23 (5.00 PM)

WBJEE 2021 will be conducted in an offline OMR-based mode for admission to undergraduate courses in engineering and technology, pharmacy and architecture in universities, government colleges, and self-financed institutes in West Bengal. The exam will be held in two sessions: Paper 1 (Mathematics) from 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM and Paper 2 (Physics/Chemistry) from 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM. The admit card will be released by July 6.

Candidates can find instructions regarding the online application process of WBJEE 2021, along with the information bulletin, on the official website.

To be eligible for the test, the candidate must have passed or must be appearing in 2021 in Class 12 in the (10+2) system.

An application fee of Rs 500 for the General category and Rs 400 for the reserved category is applicable.

Here’s a direct link to WBJEE 2021 Information Brochure.

Here’s a direct link to WBJEE 2021 timetable.



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Biden promises vaccines available to all Americans by end of July, ‘significantly’ less social distancing & masks a year from now — RT USA News

Biden promises vaccines available to all Americans by end of July, ‘significantly’ less social distancing & masks a year from now — RT USA News



President Biden has predicted a “very different circumstance” for the US’ Covid-19 outbreak by Christmas, saying some 600 million vaccine doses will be ready by July while noting that he’s been advised against ‘over-promising.’

Biden waxed optimistic about the ongoing viral outbreak during a CNN town hall event on Tuesday, declaring that “by next Christmas, I think we’ll be in a very different circumstance, God willing, than we are today.” He said the improvement would be further helped along if an inoculation developed by Johnson & Johnson receives FDA approval, as it is expected to sometime this month.

“A year from now, I think that there’ll be significantly fewer people having to be socially distanced, have to wear masks, etc.,” the president went on, adding, however, “But we don’t know. So I don’t want to over-promise anything here. I told you when I ran and when I got elected, I will always level with you.”

All the experts … they tell me [to] be careful not to predict things that you don’t know for certain it’s going to happen.




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Despite the note of caution, Biden went on to say that some 600 million vaccine doses would be available for distribution by late July – “enough to vaccinate every American.”

The president’s comments came just hours after one of his top Covid-19 advisers, infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, predicted that most Americans would have access to immunizations weeks to months ahead of Biden’s timeline, suggesting the US would reach that point around late May or early June – itself an extension from Fauci’s previous forecast of late March or early April. 

Rounding out the town hall, hosted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Biden urged Americans to continue social distancing and wearing masks. Face coverings made up one plank of Biden’s plan to tackle the pandemic during his first 100 days in office, passing an executive order last month requiring masks on federal property and some forms of public transportation.




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Cannes Film Festival postponed to July after 2020 cancellation

Cannes Film Festival postponed to July after 2020 cancellation



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The Cannes Film Festival said on Wesdnesday it would postpone this year’s edition from May to July in hopes of having an in-person festival, a year after it was cancelled altogether by the pandemic. 

Cannes organisers announced Wednesday that this year’s festival will now take place July 6-17, about two months after its typical period. 

The world’s most prestigious film festival, which has run for nearly 75 years with few interruptions, is currently hoping the coronavirus recedes enough by summertime. 

“As announced last autumn, the Festival de Cannes reserved the right to change its dates depending on how the global health situation developed,” the organisers said in a statement. 

“Initially scheduled from 11 to 22 May 2021, the Festival will therefore now take place from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 17 July 2021.”

The delay looked increasingly likely in recent weeks, with infection rates still high in France and talk of another lockdown looming.  

It is another sign of uncertainty for an industry battered by a year of shuttered cinemas, delayed openings and cancelled productions, with many unsure about when the glitz of the red carpet will return to its full pomp. 

The festival was cancelled entirely last year for the first time since the Second World War, with just a small online presentation from its official selection in October. 

The postponement sets up a “potential confrontation” with its rival European festival in Venice, scheduled for September, said The Hollywood Reporter, “as the two events compete for the world premieres and red carpet star power”.

“The move, while expected, will have a domino effect across the festival circuit. The Venice Film Festival is scheduled to kick off on September 1. Cannes’ new dates mean there will be less than a month between Europe’s number one and number two festivals,” the industry magazine wrote. 

The Venice festival managed to go ahead last year under strict health restrictions, taking advantage of a lull in infection rates over the summer.

But the continent’s other major cinema event – the Berlin Film Festival – announced last month that it was delaying its industry segment from February to an online version in March, and would postpone its public screenings to June. 

The Cannes festival normally attracts some 45,000 people with official accreditations, of whom around 4,500 are journalists.

Its Film Market, held alongside the main competition, is the industry’s biggest marketplace for producers, distributors, buyers and programmers.

Variety magazine said that holding the event in July would normally “ruffle feathers” among the Riviera’s lustrous hotels, clashing with the peak tourist season – but that there would likely be less concern this year given the pandemic’s devastating impact on the hospitality sector.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)

 





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China sees biggest daily Covid tally since July as WHO prepares to fly in | Coronavirus


China has recorded the highest one-day case total in more than five months, according to the National Health Commission, with three cities in lockdown in a bid to prevent another wave of infections in the world’s second-biggest economy.

Most of the new patients recorded in Tuesday’s figures were near the capital, Beijing, but a province in north-east China also saw a rise in new cases, official data released on Wednesday showed.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that 115 new confirmed cases were reported in the mainland for 12 January, compared with 55 a day earlier. This was also the highest daily increase since 30 July. Sunday also saw a high number of cases, with 103 new cases.

The commission said 107 of the new cases were local infections. Hebei, the province that surrounds Beijing, accounted for 90 of the cases, while north-eastern Heilongjiang province reported 16 new cases.

Hebei has put three cities – Shijiazhuang, Xingtai and Langfang – into lockdown as part of the efforts to keep the virus from spreading further, while Beijing city authorities have stepped up screening and prevention measures to prevent another cluster developing.

The number of daily new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, fell from 81 cases to 38.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 87,706, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

The number of new cases reported in recent days remains a fraction of what China saw at the height of the outbreak in early 2020. The case rise comes as a team assembled by the World Health Organization to investigate the origins of the virus prepares to arrive in Wuhan, the city at the heart of the global outbreak.

China’s foreign ministry confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the team would fly directly to Wuhan. Spokesperson Zhao Lijian didn’t answer questions about whether the team would quarantine, and gave no further details.

The WHO delegation of scientists tasked to research the origins of the virus are expected to arrive in China on Thursday, after almost a year of negotiation. They had expected to travel to Wuhan and talk to scientists on the ground, but Chinese authorities have been reluctant with details and nothing had been confirmed.

Members of the WHO team began departing their home countries early last week, only to discover Chinese officials hadn’t finalised necessary permissions. The head of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said he was “very disappointed” but Chinese authorities said the two sides were still in discussions.

The research mission is a priority for the WHO, and has widespread international backing, however observers have urged people to manage expectations about the team coming to any conclusions on the trip, and researchers have said the mission is not about apportioning blame.

“This is about reducing the risk. And the media can help by avoiding Trump-style finger-pointing. Our job is not political,” said Fabian Leendertz, a professor in the epidemiology of highly pathogenic microorganisms at Germany’s public health body, and part of the team.



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