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International trade

Trade is an European Union common policy, meaning that Member States have transferred all their powers in this domain to the sole Union.

The primary aspects of trade policy are: entering into bi-, pluri-, or multi-lateral trade agreements with third countries as well as participating in multilateral international institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Customs Union which provides for common external tariffs.

A number of international agreements also have sections involving trade, such as bilateral cooperation agreements (for example, between the EU and Turkey) or multilateral development policy agreements such as those between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries or Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

In certain cases, trade agreements create preferential tariffs or even full exemptions from tariffs on the import of products into the European Union (free trade). The management of these agreements, which sometimes involve quotas, is an important aspect of customs law.

In this domain, the lawyers at COUTRELIS & ASSOCIES have established specific expertise, allowing the firm to assist its clients on a variety of issues, the list of which is constantly growing.

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