Guide

Trading in the European Union

Introduction

The 28 countries of the European Union (EU) make up a huge market of potential customers and suppliers for your business.

This market can be easier to access than other overseas markets as many of the trading practices, regulations and standards apply throughout the EU. Key tasks - such as accounting for VAT - have also been simplified to facilitate trade within the EU. If you conform with UK requirements, you will generally meet requirements throughout the EU.

Important: Following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, there will be immediate changes to the procedures that apply to businesses trading with the EU. It would mean that the free circulation of goods between the UK and EU would cease.

Read the latest UK government guidance on trading with the EU if there’s no Brexit deal.