The intricacy of European import regulations continues to be a source of contention for traders who often find themselves lost in a deluge of detailed laws.
In many cases, especially those involving product safety, anti-dumping duties, the regulations are prima facie fit for their purpose, yet their fragmented and complicated nature makes them difficult to comprehend. Add to that the already complex jargon uniquely associated with international trade and traders looking to import or export goods into Europe have a time consuming hurdle to overcome.
There has been a call for streamlining these regulations, in hopes that doing so will simplify the process. Unfortunately, since changes aren’t likely to happen soon, U.S. and Asian traders must try other methods like:
- Consulting tables of acronyms and standards.
- Defining general trade terms that may be used by European customs regulations officials via sites like Europa and SCiNet.
- Looking up Customs Regulations for both the EU and the specific country of destination or origin.
It also helps to seek the guidance of attorneys experienced in dealing with European customs regulations. If you are a trader who needs assistance on European import regulations, please contact us for help. We love to hear from you!