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Understanding the EU market

When exporting to the EU, you can benefit from a big European market of 28 countries with around 500 million consumers.

The principle of free movement of goods, allowing goods to be transported and sold anywhere in the EU, is a cornerstone of the EU market. To a certain extent, complex and varied national laws have been replaced by a single set of European rules, cutting down on costs and inconvenience for businesses wanting to trade in other EU countries.

The EU market for goods is already highly integrated and harmonised along the 28 countries. However, to make the EU market work efficiently, businesses have to respect a number of rules and compete fairly. Anticompetitive behaviours, such as the abuse of a dominant market position, price-fixing agreements and unwarranted public support, are prohibited.

To understand how the EU trade system is organised, the procedures to follow and the documents to fill in, check the pages in this section: