EU Trade


Strong & Herd LLP are able to offer tailored training and advice from experienced practitioners in all areas of international trade activities but, working alongside UK HM Revenue & Customs, we are happy to provide practical assistance in a variety of useful ways when you are trading with other Member States (MS) of the EU. 

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Since 1993, the EU has been a Customs Union.  This means that all 28 member states use the same tariff for imports and exports (i.e. trade with extra-EU countries).  Trade within the Customs Union operates on Customs Transit procedures with goods either “in free circulation” or not, subject to Community Transit controls, or not.

The aim of the Customs Union was to have all member states trading without the necessity of Customs controls and the collection of duties and taxes.   This “free movement” of goods was also extended to services, labour and people.  Of course, some controls do still apply. Customs operate an anti-smuggling program for illegal goods and to ensure legal but controlled shipments are going through the correct procedures.  READ MORE ABOUT THE EU

Check out the on-line training option free from HMRCDo you sell goods or supply services to other European Union (EU) countries? Got a lot of questions about how to deal with VAT, keep records and make additional returns? If so, this HMRC e-learning course is for you.  CLICK HERE

How it can help: This course will build your confidence by guiding you through everything you need to know to get started. There are some examples and exercises to help you along the way.

How long does it take?  It's entirely up to you. You can work through the learning at your own pace and at a time that suits you. You don't need to do it all in one go, you can dip in and out as you need it and even come back to it at a later date.

Check out Strong & Herd LLP Training on Trading with the EU

Trading in the EU

Tariff Classification Explained

Import Essentials

Export Essentials

Strong & Herd LLP are the FIRST™ in bespoke EU training and international trade consultancy – your FIRST™ choice as we pride ourselves on being:

  • Friendly
  • Informed
  • Reliable
  • Supportive
  • Trusted

Find out more about how we can help you face the challenges of international trade, whether you are a well-established business or just starting out on your international journey.

Business Support

Customs Compliance Checks

Export Control Compliance Checks

Import & Export Training

Customs Compliance Training

Outsourced Shipping Office Services



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