Extra-EU imports include goods entering the statistical territory of the European Union from a non-EU country and which are placed:
- under the customs procedure for release into free circulation, either immediately or after a period in a customs warehouse, either in the Member State of entry or after transfer to another Member State; or
- under the customs procedure for inward processing or, until April 2016, for processing under customs control (usually goods destined to be processed for subsequent re-export), either immediately or after a period in a customs warehouse.
Intra-EU imports (or arrivals) in a given Member State include goods entering which:
- are in free circulation; or
- were placed, in another Member State, under the customs procedures for inward processing or, until April 2016, for processing under customs control.