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Definition: Outward processing

External trade

Outward processing makes it possible to export goods temporarily for processing and to import the compensating products with a full or partial exemption from duties and levies. The 'textiles' variant, introduced in 1995, concerns only certain textile products or clothing, whereas the 'tariff' alternative is applicable to all other products. 
Data are available separately on:
 - Imports after outward processing
 - Imports after outward processing for textiles
 - Exports for outward processing
 - Exports after outward processing for textiles
Eurostat, "Statistics on the trading of goods - User guide", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1998, p.29