How to find tariff quotas at the Trade Helpdesk

The Import Tariffs section at the Trade Helpdesk provides the relevant information on tariff quotas, antidumping duties and standard import values. You will also find reference to the legislation applicable to that information.

Gross or net weight

Whenever there is no reference to the gross weight, it is the net weight which has to be taken into consideration – the weight of the goods themselves without packaging materials or packaging containers of any kind.

Why the same tariffs apply if exporting to different EU countries

Trade Helpdesk information is based on harmonised regulations. That means that they apply to all 28 countries in the European Union.

This means that when you browse the Trade Helpdesk to find the import tariff for your product, you are not required to specify a country of destination. The customs union means that all import tariff information applies to all countries of the European Union.

However, if you are looking for the value added tax (VAT) on a product in the requirements and taxes section of the Trade Helpdesk, you are required to specify your country of destination as VAT rates vary from one EU country to another.

See also: Tariffs

The Erga Omnes duty

When you browse the Trade Helpdesk to check the import tariff you have to pay to export your product to the EU, you often see the erga omnes tariff mentioned.

Erga omnes is the legal term for obligations or rights 'towards all.' For instance, if a product's customs duty is erga omnes, it is applicable to imports from all countries.

However developing countries have advantageous conditions to enter the EU market. You may not have to pay the full tariff (or any at all). Next to the erga omnes tariff, you can find the preferential agreement that your country has and its reduced tariff.

Your country may be eligible for more than one preferential arrangement with the EU. If so, you can choose the most advantageous one for you, provided you meet the conditions.

Erga omnes is also commonly referred to as 'Most Favoured Nation' treatment, in WTO jargon

See also: Trade Helpdesk glossary