Trade Compliance in Austria

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International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Member of OECD
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Party to the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls For Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies
Party of the International Coffee Agreement 2001
Main International Economic Cooperation
Being a member of E.U. (European Union), Austria participates in the European Economic Area (EEA). Since Foreign Trade Policy is an EU competency, Austria has no bilateral free trade agreements.   However as an EU member Austria participates in all EU trade agreements, which include: - Agreement with European Economic Area: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - Customs Union with: Turkey, Switzerland, Andorra and San Marino - Stabilization and Association Agreements with: Croatia, Former Yugoslav - Republic of Macedonia and Albania; in negotiation with Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina - Partnership and Cooperation Agreements with concentrating on increasing trade in place with: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. - Agreements with Free Trade Area (FTA) provisions are in place with: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestinian Authority (interim), Chile, Mexico and South Africa.   Austria is also member of  OECD ( Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)
Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports
Commercial invoice
Custom value declaration
Freight insurance
Custom import declaration (SAD form)
Freight documents
Packing list
Certificate of origin Insurance certificate
VI1 certificate (for wine beverages)
Free Zones
Austria has no foreign trade zones. It has only two customs warehouses in Vienna and Tyrol province, where products of foreign origin may be stored without payiing any customs duty.
For Further Information
Hauptzollamt Wien (Central Customs Office, Vienna)
ABA-Invest in Austria  Austrian Business Agency
Non Tariff Barriers
In accordance with its European Union membership, Austria applies the European Union rules that are in force in all European Union countries. While the EU has a rather liberal foreign trade policy, there is a certain number of restrictions, especially on farm products, following the implementation of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy): the application of compensations on import and export of farm products, aimed at favouring the development of agriculture within the EU, implies a certain number of control and regulation systems for the goods entering the EU territory. Moreover, for sanitary reasons, regarding Genetically Modified organisms (after being allowed in the European territory), their presence should be systematically specified on packaging. The beef cattle bred on hormones is also forbidden to import. The BSE (often called the "mad cow disease") urged the European Authorities to strengthen the phytosanitary measures to make sure of the quality of meats entering and circulating in the EU territory. The principle of precaution is now more widespread: in case of doubt, the import is prohibited until proof is made of the non-harmfulness of products.




Some form of non-tariff barriers also exist in the pharmaceutical, telecom, biotechnology, refrigerant, and legal and accounting services sectors.

Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
Assessment of Commercial Policy
Country’s commercial policy, as seen by the WTO.
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
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