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


  • 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
  • EU starts prior surveillance of certain aluminium imports

    The EU has started  monitoring import quantities of certain aluminium products. Aluminium plates, sheets and wires, when imported into the EU and exceeding 2500 kg in weight, are now subject to a surveillance document. Product codes concerned are 7601 to 09 and 7616.99.

    Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/640 lists competent authorities in each EU country who issue surveillance documents to each importer upon request. It also defines the forms to use and the procedure to follow.

    Imports originating in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are exempted from this obligation.

    June 28, 2018
  • Not sure about the origin of your product? Ask for a "Binding Origin Information" decision

    Companies who are unsure about the origin of their goods, or who simply want legal certainty, may apply for a Binding Origin Information decision (BOI).

    Read more

    June 27, 2018