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Customs duties mean revenue

Customs duties are one of the sources of public finances for the EU and its Member States.

  • In 2013 more than € 20 billion customs duties were collected of which € 15.4 billion was transferred into the EU budget, representing  11% of the revenue of the EU budget.
  • The average customs duty rate is approximately 1.2%.

Structure of the own resources of the EU Budget

(figures for year 2013; 28 Member States; source: DG Budget and DG Taxation and Customs Union)