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Importing and Exporting in Portugal

Importing and Exporting in Portugal

Updated on Thursday 09th February 2017

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Importing-and-Exporting-in-Portugal.jpgImporting and exporting in Portugal has had a historic importance. The country has relied to a relatively high extent on trading and today exports from the country are expected to grow. International trade is mainly focused on exports towards the European Union but Portuguese exports also have other destinations worldwide.
Several import and export requirements and documentation apply to those companies, locally registered or foreign, that want to engage in international trade from Portugal. One of the experts at our law firm in Portugal can give you detailed information about the requirements that are in place and the licensing for particular products.

Imports to Portugal

Portugal imports products like chemicals, motor vehicles, food products, beverages, crude petroleum, natural gas, basic metals, agricultural products, telecommunication equipment, transport equipment and industrial machinery or textiles. 
The country’s main import partners include Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands but also other countries like China, Angola or Nigeria.
If you are interested in importing certain products into Portugal, one of our lawyers in Portugal can give you detailed information about the requirements for sensitive products, and the types of products that are imported based on a health certificate.
Portuguese companies that import certain categories of goods need to file a summary declaration (and thus assume responsibility for bringing certain items or products into the country) and fulfill all of the other applicable customs formalities.

Portugal’s exports

Portugal’s main export destination remains the European Union. The main exported items include food products and basic food items, raw agricultural products and materials, textiles, ores and metals, road vehicles, industrial machinery, pharmaceuticals and other manufactured products.
Portugal’s main export partners include Germany, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Angola, China, Brazil, the United States and others.
Trade companies in Portugal are registered as any other type of legal entity. You can contact our law firm in Portugal for detailed information about the registration and licensing requirements for companies.


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