Dispatching your goods within the EU


This guide will give you an overview of the procedures involved when selling or dispatching goods to any of the 28 member states that make up the European Union (EU), one of the world's largest trading markets.

Goods leaving the EU and destined for a country outside the EU (commonly known as a third country), eg goods moving from the UK to the USA, are known as exports.

Dispatching within the EU is relatively straightforward and legislation does not change often but traders must keep up with changes. You must, for example, know how to handle VAT, when to report your sales figures for Intrastat statistics, and whether your goods are subject to licensing or other controls.

This guide explains the European Union as a single market, excise duty and duty drawback within the EU and compliance with Intrastat.

Read more about exporting your goods outside the EU.