All EU member states subscribe to the common trade policy towards imports from third countries. As the imports license policy dictates, no import licenses are generally necessary. However, the Union has quantitative restrictions in position to oversee certain goods being imported from certain countries. Some goods may be liable under tariff quotas.

In a global economy, government policies can impede or enable business success: businesses are significantly affected by government policies that directly limit market access, impose non-transparent or unreasonably burdensome government regulations, treat investments unfairly, fail to protect or enforce intellectual property, or subsidise domestic competitors. At the same time, companies doing business internationally face substantial compliance obligations under their domestic laws.

National legal frameworks are a key pillar in an effective food and drink control system. In all countries, the food and drink sector is governed by a complexity of laws and regulations which set out the government’s requirements to be met by the chain operators to ensure the products are safe and of adequate quality.

Generally “food law” is used to apply to legislation which regulates the production, trade and handling of food and hence covers the regulation of food control, food safety and relevant aspects of food trade. Minimum quality requirements are included in the food law to ensure the foods produced are unadulterated and are not subjected to any fraudulent practices intended to deceive the consumer.

In addition, food law should cover the total chain beginning with provisions for animal feed, on-farm controls and early processing through to final distribution and use by the consumer.

Food Trade Affairs provides a range of compliance services to support all aspects of business administration.

Our experienced team will relieve you of the regulatory burden and leave you more time to concentrate on your core business activities. In short, we will make sure everything is in the right format, in the right place and at the right time. To find out how we can help, please contact us at

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