For Greeks in the diaspora who own cars in Greece with foreign license plates, the end of the hassle and entanglements with the inflexible bureaucracy they know is near. The process is being reformed by the Independent Public Revenue Authority (Α.Δ.Δ.Ε.), through a relevant circular from its director, Giorgos Pitsilis.
As indicated in the corresponding announcement of the Α.Δ.Δ.Ε., the new measure concerns vehicles registered abroad under temporary import status, belonging to persons residing abroad. These vehicles required a series of procedures in order to be stored during the period when their owners were absent abroad.
Until now, those concerned, mainly expatriates, were obliged to request the “sealing” of the registration of their vehicle by a customs agent before leaving abroad and likewise, its unsealing upon their return for the duration of their stay in Greece. On the other hand, with the new procedure, the capabilities of the digital technological system are used, with the storage process passing to a large extent through a special platform, using the owner’s personal passwords in the Greek Taxisnet system.
Concretely, beneficiaries can now submit a request to the competent customs office for the immobilization or lifting of the immobilization of their vehicle via the digital portal myaade.gov.gr, using Taxisnet codes. At the moment the instructions are only in Greek, in a downloadable PDF at: https://www.aade.gr/anakoinoseis/deltio-typoy-23082023-0.
Once the process is completed, people have the possibility of parking their vehicle in a private parking space under their sole and complete responsibility, without the presence of a customs officer, as was previously the case. Finally, they can electronically pay the circulation fee corresponding to the period of vehicle circulation in Greece using TAXISnet codes, through the import subsystem of the Integrated Customs Information System (ICISnet) www.aade.gr.
“The new procedure significantly simplifies the existing practice, as expatriate residents can now digitally submit their request for immobilization or recirculation of their vehicle and pay the corresponding circulation fees, thus ensuring immediate and effortless compliance with their obligations,” Pitsilis said.
Recall that Pitsilis was questioned on this issue by journalists from diaspora media during his visit to New York last December, as part of the Capital Link conference.
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