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


  • Registered Exporter vs. Approved Exporter

    The Union Customs Code has introduced the Registered Exporter System (REX). This system is based on the principle of self-certification. This means that any registered exporter can autonomously assess if they meet any preferential origin requirements. The REX system is applied in the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) of the EU and in the EU-Canada Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

    REX is expected to progressively replace the currently applied system of certificates of origin such as EUR.1 and Form A. According to this system, an exporter needs to be approved by their national customs authority first before they can benefit from a trade agreement’s preferred status.


    December 20, 2018
  • Definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain pneumatic tyres from China

    As of 23 October 2018, a definitive anti-dumping duty is applicable on imports of certain pneumatic tyres, new or retreaded, of rubber, of a kind used for buses or lorries, with a load index exceeding 121, originating in China. (Taric codes 4011.20.90.00 - 4012.12.00.10).

    Additionally, the amounts secured by way of a previous provisional duty, imposed by Regulation 2018/683 on May 2018, would be definitively collected.


    December 19, 2018
  • EU starts provisional safeguard measures on imports of steel products

    The EU has imposed provisional safeguard measures on imports of certain steel products with the publication of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1013.

    This is the EU response to the diversion of steel from other countries to the EU market as a result of the recently imposed US tariffs.

    The provisional measures consist of Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) of 25% and concern 23 steel product categories. They apply to all countries with the exception of some developing countries with limited exports to the EU.

    Imports originating in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are exempted from these measures.

    More information

    August 2, 2018