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Import, export and trade in the European Union

EU position in world trade

The EU is in prime position when it comes to global trade. The openness of EU trade arrangements have made it the biggest player on the global trading scene and it remains a good region to do business with.

Every day, the EU exports hundreds of millions of euros worth of goods and imports hundreds of millions more. The world's largest exporter of manufactured goods and services, it is also the biggest export market for around 80 countries.

Together, EU countries account for 16% of world imports and exports.


Trading in and with the EU

Selling goods and services in the EU

Information on public contracts, selling goods and services, and competition between businesses.

Exporting from the EU

Overview of the procedures and rules for exporting goods from the EU, including information on duties and taxes, trade barriers, services for small and medium-sized businesses, and trade information broken down by country.

Importing into the European Union

Guide to the EU market’s import rules and taxes, including information about requirements, import duties, rules of origin VAT, excise duties and sales taxes.

EU tariff classification database (TARIC)

Access TARIC, the integrated Tariff of the European Union, a multilingual database covering all measures relating to EU customs tariffs, and commercial and agricultural legislation.