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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In the period between 30/1 and 31/7 EU Member States can exempt protective equipment, testing kits or medical devices such as ventilators imported from non-EU countries from customs duties and value added tax. The duty and VAT free importation applies to state organisations and to charitable organisations only.April 7, 2020
European Standardization Organisations have agreed to make European standards for certain medical devices and personal protective equipment available for free. This will help both EU and third-country manufacturers to produce and place products on the EU market faster while ensuring a high degree of safety.April 2, 2020
In late 2019 the European Commission published its updated tariff and statistical nomenclature which includes a total of 47 new CN codes and deleted 97 of the previously used codes. The new version of the Common Customs Tariff has been applied since 1 January 2020.January 9, 2020