Trade Compliance in Portugal

Overview by
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
Member of the European Union, of the European Economic Area, of the Schengen Area, and it belongs to other international organizations, such as the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.
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
Goods coming into one of the 25 countries of the European Union from another country in the Community are exempt from Customs duties and Customs formalities.
The documents required for moving goods between EU countries are as follows:
- the commercial invoice (at least a duplicate copy, which must contain, besides the usual information, the intracommunity VAT number of the operator who is carrying out the delivery, that of the buyer by which he is identified in the country of delivery, and it must mention "VAT exemption, art. 262 b-1 of the CGI")
- the delivery note
- the sanitary and phytosanitary certificates
- the single administrative document (SAD)


In the case of temporary export within the EU, the ATA carnet and the Community carnet are not needed. It is enough to keep a register listing the temporary shipments.

No transport documents are required for intracommunity trade.
However, in the case of goods transiting or destined for one of the EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), form T2 should be produced or a copy A (computerized transit). In the same way, goods transiting or destined for the Channel Islands or the Canaries must be accompanied by form T2F.

Free Zones
The "Zona Franca da Madeira", located in the Madeira islands is the only free zone on Portuguese territory. For further information, you can consult the International Business Centre of Madeira's website.
For Further Information
Directorate General of Customs
Portuguese agency for investment and foreign trade (Business Development Agency)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of the Economy
Non Tariff Barriers
As it is a member of the European Union, Portugal enforces the Community regulations which are valid throughout the Union.
The main non-Customs barrier is at the level of agricultural products, ensuing from the application of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy).
Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
Protection of patents
Assessment of Commercial Policy
The WTO webpages on Portugal
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
Find more on about Trade Policy in Portugal.

Any Comments About This Content? Report It to Us.

Read more See less

No content has been posted to this folder yet.
Be the first to feature your expertise related to Trade Compliance in Portugal!

  • Post any content you may have that features your expertise, such as a text article with business tips, presentation, market report, etc
  • By sharing your knowledge you gain more visibility for your profile not only on but across the web

Post your content now by simply clicking on the button below.

Check these folders already populated with content posted by other users:

Click here to find out more about key benefits and instructions for contributing to the site.


Post any content you may have that features your expertise and offers valuable information to the international trade community.

The more informative content you post the more visible your will be, as your valuable content will link directly to your profile.

Check these sample pages for illustration: