EU Market Surveillance

EU Market Surveillance (Non-Food) Market surveillance is designed to ensure that non-food products on the EU market do not endanger European consumers and workers. It seeks to ensure the protection of other public interests such as the environment, security and fairness in trade. It includes actions such as product withdrawals, recalls and the application of […]

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Various Controls (UK)

Export Licences The export of certain goods from the UK requires an export licence. Other exports are subject to controls and regulation. Licences or regulation may apply to trade within the European Union in some limited cases. The EU Treaty allows exceptions to the freedom to trade where there are compelling reasons of security or […]

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Agricultural Products

The CAP There are import and export controls and duties designed to maintain the single market in various agricultural products under the Common Agricultural Policy. CAP  controls and duties apply when goods enter or leave the European Union. They do not generally apply to trade within the EU. CAP goods include food, agricultural and horticultural […]

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Brexit and VAT on International Trade

VAT and Borders A critical factor in the creation of a single market without borders in the European Union was the introduction of a new system of VAT  on 1st January 1993. Prior to that, VAT was payable at the point of entry. This is still the position in respect of imports from outside the […]

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Excise on International Trade

Overview Excise duty applies to certain goods, including alcohol, tobacco and hydrocarbon oil.   Excise duty is charged on these goods when they are imported into the UK for commercial purposes whether they are acquired from within the EU or otherwise. Excise duty on most excise goods is based on the quantity of the product, rather […]

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Food Hygiene Controls

Overview The importation of food products from outside the EU requires compliance with EU and UK hygiene, safety, labeling and food composition regulations.  The hazard analysis and critical control point after primary production stage (HACCP) system is used.   Non-EU suppliers must have equivalent systems in place. Food businesses after primary production must work in accordance […]

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EU Sanctions

Article 29 Treaty on European Union Article 29 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) allows the Council of the EU to adopt sanctions against governments of non-EU countries, non-state entities and individuals (such as terrorists) to bring about a change in their policy or activity. Under Article 215 of the Treaty on the Functioning […]

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EU Withdrawal Note IP Customs Enforcement

NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EU RULES IN THE FIELD OF CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Import/ Export Licences

Brussels, 25 January 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EU RULES IN THE FIELD OF IMPORT/EXPORT LICENCES FOR CERTAIN GOODS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that […]

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Importing Animal & Animal Products UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice sets out how anyone who imports live animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed into the UK would be affected if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal. Before 29 March 2019 The current regime for importing live animals, animal products, and high-risk food and feed into […]

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Import & Export of Plants UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice sets out how businesses and individuals that trade in plants and plant products with countries within and outside the EU would be affected if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal. ‘Plant’ means a living plant (including a fungus or tree) or a living part of a plant […]

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Exporting Animals & Animal Products UK No Deal Noes

Purpose This notice sets out how businesses or individuals that export animals or animal products to EU countries would be affected if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal in place. Before 29 March 2019 To export animal products and live animals to countries outside the EU, exporters must apply for, […]

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Sanction UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice explains how the UK would implement sanctions if the UK leaves without a deal. Sanctions, often known in the EU as “restrictive measures” are a foreign policy and national security tool which impose immigration, trade, financial and transport restrictions. We use sanctions to fulfil a range of purposes, including as part of […]

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