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Welcome to the website developed and managed by the European Commission's Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General. Here we aim to disseminate information on the Commission's work in the areas of taxation and the customs union (see also our mission statement), policy fields that contribute to the promotion of growth and development as well as to the competitiveness of EU businesses.



The site contains background notes on tax and customs policy initiatives as well as the latest speeches and press releases. It also hosts tax and customs consultations.

You will find practical information on personal or company tax, VAT, excise duties or car taxation.

You will also find explanations about how to calculate customs duties (see value of goods; tariff; origin), customs procedures or customs controls. If you intend to travel inside the EU or to non-EU countries you may wish to check out our website's "travellers" section.

Our website contains a number of high value added services for business: Do you need to validate the VAT number of your business partner? Would you like to search for the customs duties applicable to goods you intend to import from outside the EU? Simply click here to access our online databases attracting more than 13 million hits per month.


Language policy

A language selection menu is available on each page on the top right corner. The language coverage strikes a balance between three factors: the relatively specialised nature of its content, the main target audiences as well as human and financial resources available.

This website is in line with the general rules on the language coverage of the Commission's websites, which can be found at:


Newsflash "Taxation and customs union"

If you want to remain informed about EU tax and customs initiatives without having to consult our site every day you may subscribe to the electronic newsflash "Taxation and customs union", which is published  in English, French and German. The site also contains a newsfeed function (RSS) that enables you to automatically display the latest news updates in a specific RSS reader device (Read more).

Information requests, frequently asked questions (FAQ), feedback

If you cannot find on our website the answer to your question please go through our list of frequently asked questions about tax and customs, contact Europe Direct or contact us directly. We look forward to receiving your comments or suggestions on content, design, navigation and other usability features.


External links

This site provides links to European Institutions, national tax and customs administrations as well as other organisations. You are invited to link to this internet site.

If you access another site through a link we provide, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site. The Commission's Taxation and Customs Union Directorate General is not responsible for the contents of any pages/sites referred to from its website. A link to another site does not constitute an endorsement by the DG of that site and/or its contents.

We do not accept links to personal home pages, political advocacy pages, political campaign pages, and commercial sites. We also reserve the right to remove any reference to a site in case it is deemed unsuitable for inclusion on our links pages.

If you notice that one of our links requires updating, please notify us by completing the contact form.


Important legal notice

The information on this site is subject to a disclaimer, a copyright notice and rules related to personal data protection. Read more.