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Import Regulations

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Austria refers to European directives on packaging, import regulations and customs duties. In general, European Union regulations are principally quite liberal and here you can find an overview of the key basic points.  

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Packaging Regulations

Packaging of food stuffs, wine, textiles and chemicals - among others - must meet the packaging and labeling standards.

CE Label

The CE label confirms that EU health, safety and environmental standards have been met for the following product areas:

  • Machines
  • Building materials
  • Telecommunication systems
  • Medical apparatus
  • Sports equipment
  • Toys
  • Explosive materials

The producer or EU importer can apply for the CE label. Products carrying a CE label can be freely sold and traded in all EEC countries and no further national product testing is necessary.

Customs and Samples

Austrian Customs Regulations

Austria adopted the EEC import regulations and customs system upon joining the European Union. There are no customs duties within the European internal market and, as a customs union, the EU operates a common customs tariff for external trade.

Customs Tariffs

Average EU import duty is around 4%, and around 60% of goods can be imported into the EU duty-free. Austrian customs tariffs are based on TARIC, the EU's integrated tariff. Imported goods produced outside the EU may be exempt from certain tariffs.

Preferential Duty

The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) specifies the conditions for preferential import duties for developing countries. A number of special agreements also exist between EU member states and developing countries. To take advantage of these preferential duties, a Certificate of Country of Origin must be submitted.

Information

General information about customs regulations can be found at the following addresses:

Federal Ministry of Finance
Johannesgasse 5
1010 Vienna
Austria
 
+43 1 51433 0
 
http://english.bmf.gv.at/
Zentrale Auskunftstelle der österreichischen Zollverwaltung
Zollamt Villach
Ackerweg 19
9500 Villach
Austria
 
+43 1 51433 564 053
 
+43 1 51433 596 053
zollinfo@bmf.gv.at
 
https://english.bmf.gv.at/customs/Contact-information.html
Special information about customs and duty: Competence Center Zoll

Information about customs and import duties in the EU:

Samples

Samples without commercial value may be imported duty-free in some cases. An appropriate designation or valuation may be required. An ATA Carnet can be used for temporary sample imports to Austria.

Import Licenses

European Union Import Regulations are generally quite liberal, although there are a number of exceptions and restrictions:

  • Import quotas
  • Antidumping Taxes
  • UN Embargos

Specific regulations apply to certain products such as:

  • Textiles
  • Iron and Steel (Eastern Europe)
  • Agricultural Produce
  • Arms
  • 'dual-use' goods

and trading with China is also subject to special regulations.

Information about import quotas and licenses can be found at the following addresses:

Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
Stubenring 1
1011 Vienna
Austria
 
+43 1 71100 0
 
+43 1 71100 8386
service@bmwfw.gv.at
 
http://www.en.bmwfj.gv.at/

Import Licenses for Agricultural Goods

Import licenses are necessary for certain agricultural goods, as defined in the catalogue of goods. In addition, regulations regarding labeling and packaging must be observed.

Licences are issued by:

Agrarmarkt Austria - AMA
Dresdner Straße 70
1200 Vienna
Austria
 
+43 1 33151 0
office@ama.gv.at
 
http://www.amaexport.at/en/ama-marketing.html

Customs Documentation

Customs Declaration

A customs declaration must be completed in order to circulate goods originating outside the EU freely within the Austrian and European Union markets. The declaration must be made by an EU resident and must be submitted to the customs office where the goods are to be presented.

Exceptions:

  • Transit goods or goods temporarily imported
  • Goods where the total value does not exceed 1000 EUR

Additional Documentation

For goods originating outside the EU, the following documents are also necessary when importing to Austria:

Invoice

The invoice must contain a detailed description of the goods to be imported including:

  • Weight
  • Dimensions
  • Quantity

and the following entries:

  • Country of Origin
  • Carrier (Transporter)
  • Recipient
  • Export Country

Two copies of the invoice must be submitted to the customs office along with a freight confirmation or bill of loading.

Certificate of Country of Origin

A Certificate of Country of Origin is necessary in order to apply for preferential duty. Textiles are subject to extra regulations. For some goods a non-preferential certificate is required.

Additional Regulations

Certain products require special licenses or certification, such as plant safety certificates and veterinary certificates. Endangered species of animal must not be imported and there are special regulations regarding the live transport of animals.

Last modified
2014.10.02
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