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VAT Place of Supply (Goods)

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Supplies on board ships, aircraft and trains: Intra-community journeys: EC law

Article 37 Principal VAT Directive

37(1) Where goods are supplied on board ships, aircraft or trains during the section of a passenger transport operation effected within the Community, the place of supply shall be deemed to be at the point of departure of the passenger transport operation.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph 1, “section of a passenger transport operation effected within the Community” shall mean the section of the operation effected, without a stopover outside the Community, between the point of departure and the point of arrival of the passenger transport operation.

“Point of departure of a passenger transport operation” shall mean the first scheduled point of passenger embarkation within the Community, where applicable after a stopover outside the Community.

“Point of arrival of a passenger transport operation” shall mean the last scheduled point of disembarkation within the Community of passengers who embarked in the Community, where applicable before a stopover outside the Community.

In the case of a return trip, the return leg shall be regarded as a separate transport operation.

(3) The Commission shall, at the earliest opportunity, present to the Council a report, accompanied if necessary by appropriate proposals, on the place of taxation of the supply of goods for consumption on board and the supply of services, including restaurant services, for passengers on board ships, aircraft or trains.

Pending adoption of the proposals referred to in the first subparagraph, Member States may exempt or continue to exempt, with deductibility of the VAT paid at the preceding stage, the supply of goods for consumption on board in respect of which the place of taxation is determined in accordance with paragraph 1.