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Frequently asked questions

As a producer of shoes, I would like to export my products outside the European Union. Where can I find more information on the trade regime applicable to footwear products?

In the context of the EU's Market Access Strategy, a web site called "Market Access Data Base" is available to market operators. This web site is a free, interactive, easy to use service with the following sections:

Sectoral and Trade Barriers
Here you will find information on trade barriers which may affect you in the individual countries.

Applied Tariffs
By simply entering a HS code or product description, this section will provide you with the duties and taxes applicable to your products, allowing you to calculate a landed cost.

Exporters' Guide to Import Formalities
All you need to know about the import procedures and documents required for the import of a particular product is available by simply entering a HS code or product description.

Statistical Database
An overview of trade flows between the EU and non-EU countries, accessed by simply entering a HS code or product description, can be obtained from this section.

What are the main business associations involved in the European footwear sector and how is it possible to contact them?

CEC - Confédération Européenne de l'Industrie de la Chaussure
Rue de la Science-Wetenschapstraat  14, B - 1040 Brussels Belgium Tel: +32 2 808 44 52 Fax: +32 2 808 84 64 E-mail:
Website :

C.E.D.D.E.C. - European Confederation of the Shoe Retailers Associations
Confédération Européenne des Associations de Détaillants en Chaussures Europäische Vereinigung der Verbände des Schuheinzelhandels Confederazione Europea dei Commercianti di Calzature

Wiedner Haupstrasse 63 A-1045 Vienna Austria Phone: +43 1 50105 3320 Fax: +43 1 50206 294 E-mail: Ceddec secretariat

ETUF/TCL - European Trade Union Federation: Textiles, clothing and leather
Rue J. Stevens 8 B-1000 Brussels Belgium Phone: +32 2 511 54 77 Fax: +32 2 511 81 54 E-mail: fse.ths@skynet.b

ETUC - European Trade Union Confederation
5, Boulevard Roi Albert II B-1210 Brussels Belgium Phone: +32 2 224 04 11 Fax: + 32 2 224 04 54 or + 32 2 224 04 55 E-mail: ETUC@ETUC.ORG

Where can I find all the legislation referring to the footwear industry?

All European legislation is available on the Eur-Lex website. The Directive 94/11/EC specifically relates to footwear labelling. You will also find more information about this Directive on the Reference Documents page of this website.

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