Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe, and ranked 179th in size of all the 194 independent countries of the world; the country is about 2,586 square kilometres in size.
To the east, Luxembourg borders the German Bundesland of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, and, to the south, it borders the French region of Lorraine.
Traditionally, Luxembourg imports most of the consumer goods and exports industrial products. The nation remains dependent on energy imports. Luxembourg main imports are: minerals, metals, foodstuffs and quality consumer goods. Luxembourg's main import partners are: European Union (Belgium, Germany, France, Netherlands) and China. The main imported goods in Luxembourg are fuels, foodstuffs, ores and metal, different consumer goods. The Grand Duchy continues to import manufactured consumer products, but its exports have become more diversified. Besides steel, exports now include chemical and rubber products, and finished glass, but the most profitable export is financial services. The nation remains dependent on energy imports.
Products imported by Luxembourg are:
Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in Western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Luxembourg had a population of 524,853 in October 2012 and has an area of 2,586 square kilometres, making it one of the smallest sovereign nations in Europe.
Luxembourg, sometimes poetically called the "Green Heart of Europe", is amongst the wealthiest countries in the world. The industries that bring Luxembourg its economic success are: banking, steel, telecommunications, agriculture and tourism. Luxembourg's economy success is also largely based on export trade.
Luxembourg is among few economically stable countries that exports in excess of fifty percent of its gross domestic product. Some other important names in this regard are Belgium, Netherlands, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and Czech Republic. Luxembourg has especially close trade and financial ties to Belgium and the Netherlands and as a member of the EU it enjoys the advantages of the open European market.
The main export commodities in Luxembourg are steel products, machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, diamonds, chemicals, other products. Luxembourg's main export partners are Germany, France and Belgium.
Luxembourg is the top exporter of Frozen Vegetables, Photographic Film, Iron Sheet Piling, Looms, Antifreeze, Zinc Oxide and Peroxide, Video Cameras, Hydrogen peroxide, Vegetable and Mineral Carvings, and Felt Carpets.
Top Luxembourg Exports:
Luxembourg Customs Contacts
Address: 22, rue de Bitbourg, L-1273 Luxembourg
Postal Address: BP 1605, L-1016 Luxembourg
Telephone: +352 28182818
Luxembourg is a landlocked country in western Europe. The country is a founding member of the European Union, OECD, United Nations, NATO, and Benelux, reflecting its political consensus in favour of economic, political, and military integration. The city of Luxembourg, which is the country's capital and largest city, is the seat of several institutions and agencies of the EU. The economy of Luxembourg is largely dependent on the banking, steel, and industrial sectors.
Luxembourg is part of the harmonised trade system of the EU and importing and exporting are covered by EC Regulations.
A Common External Tariff (CET) is applicable to other countries.
The European Community has created the Binding Tariff Information (BTI) system as a tool to obtain the correct tariff classification for goods for import or export. Before shipping any goods, it would be better to consult the Luxembourg Customs.
The Luxembourg Customs and Excise Agency (Administration des douanes et accises) is one of three tax authorities:
The Customs and Excise Agency is responsible for the collection of:
Trade with certain countries is forbidden or restricted in accordance with UN, EU or OSCE sanctions.
Product certification, labelling and packaging
Certification, labelling and packaging must meet EU requirements. For more information on current requirements, visit the European Union website.
To reduce the impact on the environment, the EU has required legislation concerning the management of packaging and packaging waste. For more information, visit Product labelling and packaging
The CE mark is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). For more information, visit CE marking.
All labelling and information directives of the European Council must be met, as well as local and national regulations. Information on the labelling of products in the interest of consumers and compliance procedures are available at Summaries of EU Legislation.
Food information and labelling legislation must comply with EU legislation. For more information, visit EUR- Lex Food Safety.
For organic produce, EU legislation requires that imported organic food from third countries be produced to the same standards as that from or EU. For more information, visit ILNAS and OSQCA.
There are controls on a number of imported products. For more information, visit Luxembourg Import Declaration.
Documents for import/export
All goods shipped from outside the European Community to Luxembourg must have a Commercial Invoice and must contain or reference the following information:
Invoices are required for all dutiable shipments relating to commercial transactions between companies; companies and individuals, regardless of the value.
Commercial invoices should show freight, insurance and similar charges as separate items when applicable, regardless of the INCOTERM (International Commercial Terms of Sale) used on the transaction. It can be in any official language for import shipments and if required by customs, must be accompanied by a translation. When translations are requested, a party who is knowledgeable of the transaction must furnish it.
Bill of lading
To order bills are acceptable and bills of lading should bear the name of the party to be notified. The consignee must have the original bill of lading to take possession of the goods. Express bills of lading are also acceptable.
Mail and parcel post shipments require postal documentation in place of bills of lading and air cargo shipments require airway bills. The number of copies issued depends on the requirements of the importer and the airline. As a guide, follow IATA and/or International Civil Aviation Organisation regulations governing labelling and packing of dangerous and restricted goods.
Packing list with shipper’s signature is mandatory.