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International convention and customs procedures of Luxembourg

International Conventions
Party to the International Coffee Agreement
International Economic Cooperation
Member of the European Union, WTO, OCDE
Non Tariff Barriers
In accordance with its European Union membership, Luxembourg applies the European Union (EU) rules that are in force in all European Union countries. While the EU has a rather liberal foreign trade policy, there is a certain number of restrictions, especially on farm products, following the implementation of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy): the application of compensations on import and export of farm products, aimed at favoring the development of agriculture within the EU, implies a certain number of control and regulation systems for the goods entering the EU territory. Moreover, for sanitary reasons, regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (after being allowed in the European territory), their presence should be systematically specified on packaging. Beef cattle bred on hormones is also forbidden to import. The BSE crisis (often called the "mad cow disease") urged the European Authorities to strengthen the phytosanitary measures to make sure of the quality of meats entering and circulating in the EU territory. The principle of precaution is now widespread : in case of doubt, the import is prohibited until proof is made of the non-harmfulness of products. See the conditions of importing fresh meat.
Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports
Customs duty for non-EU member countries is usually rather low (around 4.2% on average). There are however three sectors and product categories which are subjected to a special higher tarification, such as the clothing sector, fabrics and agro alimentary products (around 17.3%).
Customs Classification
Customs duty tariffs are calculated Ad Valorem based on their CIF value, in compliance with the Common Customs Tariff (CCT). In order to get exhaustive regulations and customs tariffs rates regarding their products, exporters shall refer to the TARIC code and its database, which includes all applicable customs duties and customs trade policy measures for all the goods.
Import Procedures
As part of the "SAFE" standards set forth by the World Customs Organization (WCO), the European Union has set up a new system of import controls, the "Import Control System" (ICS), which aims to secure the flow of goods at the time of their entry into the customs territory of the EU. This control system, part of the Community Programme eCustom, has been in effect since January 1, 2011. Since then, operators are required to pass an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) to the customs of the country of entry, prior to the introduction of goods into the customs territory of the European Union.
The official model for written declarations to customs is the Single Administrative Document (SAD). The SAD describes goods and their movement around the world and is essential for trade outside the EU, or of non-EU goods. Goods brought into the EU customs territory are, from the time of their entry, subject to customs supervision until customs formalities are completed.

Since July 1, 2009, all companies established outside of the EU are required to have an EORI number if they wish to lodge a customs declaration or an Entry/Exit Summary declaration.

The TARIC (Tarif Intégré de la Communauté), is available to help determine if a license is required for a particular product. Moreover, the European Commission maintains an export helpdesk with information on import restrictions of various products.

To get further information on customs policies in the European Union, please visit the European Commission page on Customs Union.

The website of the Luxembourg Customs Administration (in French) provides more detailed information on the import process and requirements.

To go further, check out our service Import controls and Export controls.

For Further Information
Customs duty and Excise Tax Administration

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