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Romania delays sanctions and clarifies rules for eTransport reporting system

The Romanian Ministry of Finance and the National Agency for Tax Administration (ANAF) have announced a delay in the implementation of sanctions for non-compliance with the new eTransport reporting requirements. This follows criticism from the Romanian hauliers' association UNTRR, which expressed concern about the lack of access to the required GPS application and called for the penalties to be postponed.

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In response, the Ministry and ANAF have stated that sanctions for certain reporting deviations will not be imposed until 1 September 2024. This grace period is intended to allow RO e-Transport users to familiarise themselves with the app, which is expected to be launched on 15 July after undergoing an approval process on the Apple Store and Google Play platforms.

The period from 15 July to 31 August 2024 will be considered a testing phase for the app’s technical parameters. During this time, the Romanian Ministry of Finance encourages users to report any malfunctions.

Further changes to RO e-transport

In addition to the delay in sanctions, the Romanian government has recently published an updated operating procedure for the RO e-Transport system. This procedure addresses the reporting criteria and rules for both high fiscal risk goods and other categories of goods subject to mandatory reporting for international shipments.

An important development is the postponement of sanctions for non-compliance with RO e-Transport reporting provisions until 1 January 2025, specifically for users who are obliged to report international carriage of goods and hold the status of authorised economic operator (AEO). This deferral is based on the provisions of Article 38 of Regulation 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the time limit for the international carriage of goods.

In summary, from 1 July 2024, the RO e-Transport regime will be enforced as follows:

  • For traders transporting high fiscal risk goods (domestic and international), penalties will continue to apply to all traders, including those with AEO status.
  • Penalties for declaring international consignments of goods (other than high fiscal risk goods) will apply from:
    – 1 July 2024 for traders without AEO status.
    – 1 January 2025 for traders with AEO status.