Definition: Inward processing

External trade

Inward processing makes it possible to import goods temporarily so that they can be processed (for example, assembled, transformed or repaired) and the resulting products exported, while benefiting from an exemption from duties, levies or checks which would be carried out under the trade policy normally applicable to imported goods. 
Data are available separately on:
 - Imports for inward processing (suspension system)
 - Imports for inward processing (drawback system)
 - Exports after inward processing (suspension system)
 - Exports after inward processing (drawback system)
Source:
Eurostat, "Statistics on the trading of goods - User guide", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1998, p.28
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