Customs Union Basics

Customs Union The European Union Treaties created a customs union between the member states.  It applies to all trade in goods which have monetary value and are the subject of commercial transactions. Goods for the purpose of the customs union includes everything capable of having value and being exchanged. What goods are supplied ancillary to […]

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Basic EU Trading Rights

European Union Rights European Union law gives Irish residents and Irish businesses very valuable rights in relation to trading with the United Kingdom and the other countries of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) (which is the EU plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland). The original European Union Treaties granted rights to trade […]

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No Discriminatory Measures

Direct Discrimination EU states may not impose, directly or indirectly on the products of other states, any internal taxation of a kind in excess of that imposed directly or internally on similar domestic products.  They may not impose on products of other member states any internal taxation which affords indirect protection to other products. Taxation […]

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De Facto Barriers Prohibited

Barriers to Trade The European Union treaty prohibits quantitative restrictions and measures having equivalent effect between member states.  This applies both to imports and exports.  Certain limited exceptions, based on narrow public policy considerations, apply. The prohibition applies to measures taken by member states.  This includes not only laws and binding rules, but also administrative […]

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