Guide

International trade regulations in the Energy and power sector

Import regulations in the energy and power sector

As the European Union (EU) is a Customs Union, you can buy most goods from other member countries without restrictions - although VAT and excise duty can still apply. Read more about trading in the European Union.

If you import from outside the EU, you may have to comply with import licensing requirements and with common customs tariffs that apply across the EU. Read more about importing your goods from outside the European Union.

Import licences

Import restrictions can be product-specific or trade-specific. Many products are subject to product-specific standards and need to be supported by applicable certificates, product-specific licences and documentation.

Quite separately, quantitative restrictions or limitations and anti-dumping duties may apply to certain imported goods. See anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

Use the Tariff for classifying your goods to find out which duties and measures apply. Read our introduction to the Tariff.

Specific regulations apply if you trade in oil and gas.

If you're importing renewable energy goods that will subsequently be used to generate electricity, you must comply with the Climate Change Levy (CCL). Exemptions apply if certain conditions are met.

Goods imported to the UK must comply with domestic business standards.