With a positive trade balance in excess of EUR 30 billion per year, processed agricultural products (PAPs) are a very important EU export. They are subject to specific trade arrangements. The European Commission works to improve the environment for trade in PAPs by encouraging tariff liberalisation, the standardisation of rules and the mutual recognition of food legislation with non-EU countries.
The Commission is responsible for the trade regime for processed agricultural products (PAPs) listed in Regulation (EU) No 510/2014.
Tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in food with non-EU countries have a negative impact on EU competitiveness. To gain barrier-free access to foreign markets, the Commission promotes:
The EU is the world's largest exporter of food and drink products and its second largest importer.
An overview of EU trade in PAPs
The Commission participates in all bilateral trade negotiations for PAPs.
In the context of the Doha round negotiations, the Commission is working on the future Agreement on Agriculture, particularly on export competition and market access.