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Frequently asked questions

As a producer of furniture, I would like to export my products outside the European Union. Where can I find more information on the trade regime applicable to furniture 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.
  • Studies
    You can download the full text of reports concerning market access related studies referring to geographical areas, selected business sectors or relevant horizontal issues (e.g. labelling).

You will find more information on the Furniture external dimension page and on the World Trade Organisation website.

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

UEA - Federation of European Furniture manufacturers
35 Chaussée d'Haecht B - 1210 Brussels Belgium Phone : +32 2 218 18 89 Fax : +32 2 219 27 01 E-mail :

EFBWW - European Federation of Building and Woodworkers
Rue Royale 45/3 B-1000 Brussels Belgium Phone : +32 2 227 10 40 Fax : +32 2 219 82 28 E-mail :

CEI-Bois - European confederation of woodworking industries
Allée Hof-ter-Vleest 5, box 4 B-1070 Bruxelles Belgium Phone: +32 2 556 25 85 Fax: +32 2 556 25 95 E-mail:

FENA - European Federation of Furniture Retailers
Avenue des Nerviens, 9-31 B-1040 Brussels Belgium Phone: +32 2 230 52 96 Fax: +32 2 230 25 69 E-mail:

EFIC - European Furniture Industries Confederation
Rue Montoyer 24/box 20 B-1000 Brussels Belgium Phone: +32 2 556 25 88 Fax: +32 2 287 08 75

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