Your guide to the EU market's import rules and taxes

The European Union (EU) is the world's largest single market and the EU Trade Helpdesk is your one-stop-shop to access it. The EU is committed to helping exporters like you in its trade partner countries with the information you need to:

  • Make the most of the trade agreements we have put in place;
  • Bring your products onto the EU market.


  1. The European market

    The European market

    Learn about basic rules, import procedures and documents required to access the European single market of 28 countries and over 500 million consumers...

    Read more on how the EU classifies products

  2. Trade Agreements

    Rules of Origin

    Find out if your exports can benefit from one of many trade agreements the EU has signed with countries throughout the world.

    Rules of Origin

    How to claim a reduced duty under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences

  3. Statistics


    Check how much of your product the EU has imported since 2002 and from where.



  4. Import duties

    Import duties

    Whatever entry point into Europe you choose, the duties will be collected only once. Check whether you qualify for import duty relief or discount.

    Read more about import duties

  5. Regulations


    Goods imported into Europe need to fulfil technical, safety and labelling requirements and regulations as defined by EU laws. Find out more about them here.

    Policy areas

    Product related requirements and regulations

  6. Internal taxes

    Internal taxes

    Value Added Tax and excise duties vary in the 28 EU countries. Find out more and check specific tax levels.

    Read more about EU tax

So, how do I export to the EU?

Watch how to get the best access to the European Market with your product:

  1. Find the EU's import rules and regulations
  2. Import duties
  3. Documents to fill for customs

All in just a few minutes!


I can't wait to take my soya products to the EU market. The EU Trade Helpdesk provides me with needed information to do that."

Bifor Philomina Tanye, CEO Millennium Nutrition Enterprise


  • Mozambique has ratified its Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU.

    Since 4th February 2018 exporters from Mozambique can now choose between the duty discounts granted by GSP or those of the Economic Partnership Agreement. Both, GSP and the SADC EPA have their specific set of rules of origin.

    February 6, 2018
  • Commission Notice on the indication of the quantity of certain ingredients used in pre-packed foods (QUID)

    On 20 November 2017, the Commission published additional guidelines for businesses and national authorities on how to apply the principle of quantitative ingredients declarations (QUID) according to   Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers.

    The Notice delivers clarifications on the following:

    - The obligation to place such a declaration, the cases where it applies and derogations to this rule

    - How to express the quantitative ingredients declaration, e.g. a percentage mention of the main ingredient used in the product

    - How to position the declaration on the labelling

    January 25, 2018
  • Changes in official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin applicable from 1 January 2018

    From 1 January 2018 EU Member States will increase their official controls on selected imported products originating from certain exporting countries.

    The following products are concerned:

    - Consignments of peppers (Capsicum spp.) from India and Pakistan

    - Pistachios from the United States and peppers (Capsicum spp.) from Thailand and Vietnam now include roasted pistachios and frozen peppers,

    - Dried grapes, falling under CN code 0806 20, now include dried grapes which have been cut or crushed into a paste without any further treatment as well and

    Previously increased official controls on table grapes from Egypt and eggplants from Thailand have been removed from the list given the overall satisfactory degree of compliance.

    The controls mentioned above were adopted on December 12, 2017 by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2298 and are applying since 1st January 2018. The Regulation updates Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 which lays down rules concerning the increased level of official controls to be carried out on imports of feed and food of non-animal origin listed in Annex I thereto at the points of entry into the Member States referred to in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 882/2004.

    The list of the Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 is regularly reviewed based on the occurrence and relevance food incidents notified through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed as well as on the biannual reports on consignments of feed and food of non-animal origin submitted by Member States to the Commission.


    January 25, 2018