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.
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...
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.
Check how much of your product the EU has imported since 2002 and from where.
Whatever entry point into Europe you choose, the duties will be collected only once. Check whether you qualify for import duty relief or discount.
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.
Value Added Tax and excise duties vary in the 28 EU countries. Find out more and check specific tax levels.
So, how do I export to the EU?
Watch how to get the best access to the European Market with your product:
- Find the EU's import rules and regulations
- Import duties
- Documents to fill for customs
All in just a few minutes!
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As of 1st January 2018 fourteen further GSP countries are expected to start applying the REX system. This means that the Form A certificate of origin will not be valid beyond that date.December 11, 2017
Since 1st October certain agricultural and industrial goods benefit from autonomous trade measures.October 13, 2017
The European Commission updated its instructions on allergen labelling based on Directive 2000/13/EC. The so-called "guidance document" is to inform consumers, businesses and national authorities on how to apply the new requirements of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 related to the indication of the presence of certain substances or products causing allergies or intolerances.
The Regulation obliges companies to provide information on certain substances when they could potentially cause allergies or intolerances.July 31, 2017