EUROPEAN UNION

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International trade has been an engine for global growth for the last several decades. It has a real impact on the day-to-day lives of people and businesses in Europe and around the world.

Trade policy is a crucial element of the EU’s overarching ‘Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth,’ and is one of the main pillars of the EU’s relations with the rest of the world.

The European Union is the largest economy in the world and the biggest global player in international trade and investment world but emerging economies are capturing an increasing share of the global market. The openness of the trade regime has meant that the EU is the biggest player on the global trading scene and remains a good region to do business with.

The EU has achieved a strong position by acting together with one voice on the global stage, rather than with 28 separate trade strategies. Together, the EU’s 28 members account for 16% of world imports and exports. Source: 2013 Eurostats, WTO

The EU is an attractive market to do business with:

  • 500 million consumers looking for quality goods
  • world’s largest single market with transparent rules and regulations
  • secure legal investment framework that is amongst the most open in the world
  • most open market to developing countries in the world.

Europe has become deeply integrated into global markets. Thanks to the ease of modern transport and communications, it is now easier to produce, buy and sell goods around the world which gives European companies of every size the potential to trade outside Europe. Workers often deliver their services across different countries within a multinational or by specific service contracts.

As investors thrive in a stable, sound and predictable environment, they are looking for investment barriers to be dismantled and investments to be protected:

  • Every day, Europe exports hundred of millions of euros worth of goods and imports hundreds of millions more
  • Europe is the world’s largest exporter of manufactured goods and services, and is itself the biggest export market for around 80 countries
  • Together, the European Union’s 28 members account for 16% of world imports and exports.

If you want to invest in the trade sector in the EU, we can help you with all the necessary business permits and licenses for engaging in import and export activities.

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