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  Guide to Doing Business with EU - Germany, UK, France & Italy
 
  June 2008
 
 
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 This guide provides a wealth of user-friendly assistance to SMEs interested in developing business with the EU. It covers relevant EU-wide trade policy, including the EU's safeguard and anti-dumping measures, import tariffs and GSP scheme, consumer protection, sanitary requirements and product standards, green manufacturing requirements, etc. Apart from the EU-wide requirements, this guide also details national legislation with respect to trade, taxes, visa and immigration issues, marketing and establishing business in the Big Four EU member states, namely Germany, the UK, France and Italy. Browse Part 1, Part 2 and selected sections of Part 5 here for free. To order the full version, please visit our retail outlets or online HKTDC Bookshop.


Part One :

The European Union at a Glance
1.1 The European Union Member States
1.2 European Union Enlargement
1.3 The European Union and the Euro
1.4 The Single Market and the Common External Trade Policy
1.5 Sources of Law: Treaties, Directives and Regulations
1.6 Trade-related Laws and Regulations: EU vs. National Legislation
1.7 EU Institutions in Relation to Trade
Part Two : EU-wide Trade Policy
2.1 Overview of EU Trade Policy
2.2 Tariff Classification
2.3 Valuation
2.4 Origin and Preferences
2.5 Tariff Suspension
2.6 Customs Clearance
2.7. Regulations on Postal and Sample Shipments
2.8 Packing, Shipping and Insurance (Air/Ocean)
2.9 EU Import Regulations
2.10 Trade Defense Measures
2.11 Patents, Copyrights and Use of Trademarks with Respect to Imports
Part Three : EU's Consumer Protection and Product Safety Requirements
3.1 Consumer Protection
3.2 Product Safety
Part Four : EU's Environmental Protection and Sanitary Measures
4.1 Environmental Protection Requirements
4.2 Sanitary and Hygienic Measures
Part Five : EU's Other Trade-related Measures and Resources
5.1 Labelling, Packaging and Marking Requirements
5.2 Sectoral Labelling, Packaging and Marking Requirements
5.3 EU Export Controls
5.4 Useful Contacts and Web Resources
Part Six : National Legislation, Marketing, and the Setting Up of Business in Germany
6.1 National Trade-related Legislation other than EU's Legislation
6.2 Currency Exchange and Regulations
6.3 Common Payment Methods
6.4 Appointment of Sales Agents/Representatives
6.5 Establishment of Sales Offices/Subsidiaries
6.6 Formation of a Subsidiary Company with Its Own Legal Form - Incorporation of a Business
6.7 Taxes
6.8 Employment
6.9 Visas and Immigration Issues
6.10 Sales Promotions
6.11 Useful Contacts
6.12 Web Resources
Part Seven : National Legislation, Marketing, and the Setting Up of Business in the United Kingdom (UK)
7.1 National Trade-related Legislation other than EU's Legislation
7.2 Currency Exchange and Regulations
7.3 Common Payment Methods
7.4 Appointment of Sales Agents/Representatives
7.5 Establishment of Sales Offices/Subsidiaries
7.6 Incorporation of a Business
7.7 Taxes
7.8 Employment
7.9 Visas and Immigration Issues
7.10 Sales Promotion
7.11 Useful Contacts
7.12 Web Resources
Part Eight : National Legislation, Marketing, and the Setting Up of Business in France
8.1 National Trade-related Legislation other than EU's Legislation
8.2 Currency Exchange and Regulations
8.3 Common Payment Methods
8.4 Appointment of Sales Agents/Representatives
8.5 Establishment of Sales Offices/Subsidiaries
8.6 Incorporation of a Business - Subsidiaries
8.7 Taxes
8.8 Employment
8.9 Visas and Immigration Issues
8.10 Sales Promotion
8.11 Useful Contacts
8.12 Web Resources
Part Nine : National Legislation, Marketing, and the Setting Up of Business in Italy
9.1 Trade-related Legislation other than EU's Legislation
9.2 Currency Exchange and Regulations
9.3 Common Payment Methods
9.4 Appointment of Sales Agents/Representatives
9.5 Establishment of Sales Offices/Subsidiaries
9.6 Incorporation of a Business
9.7 Taxes
9.8 Employment
9.9 Visas and Immigration Procedures
9.10 Sales Promotion
9.11 Useful Contacts
9.12 Web Resources