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Duties on the Internet

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AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – All European import duties can be found on the Internet, sorted per country and per nomenclature code (CN) under the TARIC menu on http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/taric_consultation.jsp?Lang=en, in which ‘en’ stands for English. The site can however be consulted in all official EU languages. You simply fill in CN code of the product that […]

Duties on the Internet

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – All European import duties can be found on the Internet, sorted per country and per nomenclature code (CN) under the TARIC menu on http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/taric_consultation.jsp?Lang=en, in which ‘en’ stands for English. The site can however be consulted in all official EU languages.

You simply fill in CN code of the product that you want to import and its country of origin. When you click “retrieve measures”, you find not only the standard rate but also the tariff preferences in so far as they apply to the country in question. Any anti-dumping levies are also mentioned.

Applied Tariffs Database

In the Market Access Database, http://madb.europa.eu, you can find the import duty rates applied by non-European countries.  Choose “Applied Tariffs Database” from the main menu and select the country and CN code. In the statistical database, you can look up imports and exports into the EU and its 26 member states. Unfortunately, when we last consulted the database (November 2012), the most recent nomenclature had not yet been implemented. As a result for instance, the new code for pedelecs 2012 did not yet show up. The menu “Exporter’s Guide to Import Formalities” lists all import procedures and documents required for the import to any country outside the EU. An interesting feature on this website is the Complaint Register. It allows EU companies or their associations to notify the European Commission of barriers they encounter to trade and investment in non-EU Member State markets. The Register is effectively being used, since the complaints can be consulted in the Trade Barriers Database.

Developing Countries

In 2004, DG Trade has launched a special website, exporthelp.europa.eu, to facilitate access to the EU market for exporters in developing countries, available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.

The Export Helpdesk offers a wealth of useful information for those who wish or need to familiarize themselves with all formalities concerning importing into the European Union. Next to import tariffs, customs documents, preferential arrangements and rules of origin, you can also consult trade statistics. Per CN code imports are shown in value and in numbers for the EU 27, EU 25 or per EU member state. On the export side you can choose between statistics relating to all partners or to one specific country.

The database also offers information on specific requirements and taxes. Upon entering the product code, country of origin and country of destination, you get a list of all administrative requirements for importation and of taxes applicable in the country of destination.

The “What’s New” includes an electric newsletter to visitors can subscribe. Here, the Commission also publishes other announcements of importance to the website’s users.

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