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  1. What does "Community goods" mean?
  2. What does "Customs territory of the Community" comprise?
  3. What is the EU doing in the area of customs?
  4. You want to know about Community import duties, tariff quotas and ceilings? What is TARIC? You need specific information about transit?
  5. What do I need to know when exporting to a country outside the European Union?
  6. You wish to export to the EU?
  7. Where can I get paper copies of the New Customs Transit Systems booklet?
  8. How much can I buy in another Member State and take home with me without paying taxes?
1.  What does "Community goods" mean?
  • wholly obtained in the customs territory of the Community under the conditions referred to in article 23 of the Code and not incorporating goods imported from countries or territories not forming part of the customs territory of the Community. Goods obtained from goods placed under a suspensive arrangement shall not be deemed to have Community status in cases of special economic importance determined in accordance with the committee procedure,
  • are imported from countries or territories not forming part of the customs territory of the Community which have been released for free circulation,
  • obtained or produced in the customs territory of the Community, either from goods referred to in the second indent alone or from goods referred to in the first and second indents.
2.  What does "Customs territory of the Community" comprise?
The customs territory of the Community comprises of the territory of:
  • Belgium,
  • the Czech Republic,
  • Bulgaria,
  • Croatia,
  • Denmark , except the Faroe Islands and Greenland ,
  • Germany , except the Island of Heligoland and the territory of Büsingen ,
  • Estonia,
  • Ireland,
  • Greece,
  • Spain , except Ceuta and Melilla ,
  • France, except New Caledonia, Mayotte, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna Islands, French Polynesia and French Southern and Antarctic Terrirories,
  • Italy, except the municipalities of Livigno and Campione d'Italia and the national waters of Lake Lugano which are between the bank and the political frontier of the area between Ponte Tresa and Porto Ceresio,
  • Cyprus (pending a settlement to the Cyprus problem, the application of the Community 'acquis' is suspended in those areas in which the Government of the Republic of Cyprus does not exercise effective control),
  • Latvia,
  • Lithuania,
  • Luxembourg,
  • Hungary,
  • Malta,
  • the Netherlands in Europe,
  • Austria,
  • Poland,
  • Portugal,
  • Romania
  • Slovenia,
  • the Slovak Republic,
  • Finland,
  • Sweden,
  • the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The customs territory of the Community includes the territorial waters, the inland maritime waters and the airspace of the Member States, except for the territorial waters, the inland maritime waters and the airspace of those territories which are not part of the customs territory of the Community as listed above.

The following territories, including their territorial waters, inland maritime waters and airspace, situated outside the territory of the Member States, shall also be considered to be part of the customs territory of the Community:

  • the territory of the principality of Monaco;
  • the territory of the United Kingdom Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, in Cyprus.
3.  What is the EU doing in the area of customs?
Read about the Customs strategy of the European Union .
4.  You want to know about Community import duties, tariff quotas and ceilings? What is TARIC? You need specific information about transit?
Please read about Community import duties, tariff quotas and ceilings. See also TARIC and our pages on Transit.
5.  What do I need to know when exporting to a country outside the European Union?
For an overview of customs duties, import formalities and trade barriers please consult the Market Access Database.
6.  You wish to export to the EU?
The "Export Helpdesk for Developing Countries" provides advice for developing countries exporting to the EU.
7.  Where can I get paper copies of the New Customs Transit Systems booklet?
Please contact your national customs administration or download it from our website and make copies.
8.  How much can I buy in another Member State and take home with me without paying taxes?
Please see the Commission's Travelling in Europe webpage as well as the "Travellers" section of our website.