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To obtain a licence, importers must apply to the competent authorities of the EU country of import and pay a deposit. This deposit can then be returned once the authorities are given proof of import.
Textiles can be freely imported into the EU – except for some products from Belarus, which are subject to checks (export licence issued in the country of origin, and import licence issued in the importing EU country) or surveillance (documentation must be submitted before importation).
All imports of iron and steel are subject to prior Union surveillance. Importers of certain iron and steel products are obliged to provide the EU surveillance document issued by the competent authorities in the Member States when the net weight of imports exceeds 2500 kg.
Products originating in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are exempted from the presentation of this document.