Transport regulations in international trade

Import regulations in the transport and transport services sector


As the European Union (EU) is a Customs Union, you can buy goods from other member countries without restrictions, although VAT and excise duty can still apply. For more information, see our guide on 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. For more information, see our guide on 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 commodities. For more information, see our guide on anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

For help identifying whether you require an import licence see our guide: do you need an export or import licence?

Use the Integrated Tariff of the United Kingdom (the Tariff) for classifying your goods in order to find out which duties and measures apply. See our guide on an introduction to the Tariff.

Safety requirements

Goods imported to the UK must comply with domestic business standards, including type approval requirements for vehicles and many of their component parts - see health and safety considerations for the transport and transport services sector.