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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On 5th June 2020, the Commission adopted Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/750 for extending the transition period for the application of the REX system in certain beneficiary countries of the Generalised System of Preferences.
There are 21 beneficiary countries of the GSP scheme, which have applied the REX system since January 2019 and are in the phase out period of Form A as origin certificate. Their initial deadline to phase out Form A is June 30, 2020. Due to difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, however, this process is facing delays.
The new Regulation provides for an extension of this deadline until 31 December 2020 on the condition that the countries concerned
• Send a notification to the European Commission stating that the delay is clearly linked to the Covid-19 pandemic
• Add to this notification a workplan on the steps planned to comply with the extended deadline
The notification should be sent to DG TAXUD (TAXUD-UNIT-E5@ec.europa.eu) in writing by 15 July 2020 at the latest.
For more information:
Read Regulation (EU) 2020/750
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2020.178.01.0021.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2020:178:TOCJune 10, 2020
Trade Helpdesk now includes the VAT & excise duty rates applying to goods in each EU member state up to April 1st.
Several EU countries have abolished or reduced VAT rates for personal protective equipment. These rates can be found in the search results upon each product specific search.May 12, 2020
Since 1st April 2020 a modernized set of rules of origin applies under the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the East and Southern African States.
The amended Protocol 1 allows for "accounting segregation" for materials, replaces ‘direct transport’ by a rule on "non-alteration", and allows EU companies to use REX for their exports to the ESA countries.
ESA countries are: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe.April 16, 2020