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Exporting to the EU – A Guide for Canadian Business

The purpose of this guide is to provide Canadian companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with an overview of European Union (EU) legislation affecting their exports to Europe.

This guide complements the information about EU markets and sectors provided by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. It is an additional tool offered by the Government of Canada to assist Canadian exporters. The guide covers legislation harmonized by the EU, but does not describe specific rules that exist within EU member states.

Understanding EU regulatory requirements is key to export success in the EU. This guide provides the information needed to access the EU market, and answers the questions most frequently asked by Canadian exporters about topics such as CE marking, customs duties, intellectual property rights, data protection and environmental regulations. The guide also includes essential links to additional information and guidance on how to comply with EU rules.