Tariffs and regulations
Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.
Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Portugal.
For further information, visit the Portuguese Ministerio das Financas website (in Portuguese only).
Tariffs and non-tariff barriers
Portugal 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, including Australia.
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, please consult the Portuguese Finance Ministry - Autoridade Tributaria e Aduaneira website (Portuguese only) or for information in English, visit Europa Portugal.
For more information, visit National customs websites | Portugal.
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 Trade in organic products.
There are controls on imports on a number of products. For more information, visit National customs websites | Portugal.
Information on exporting and export documentation regarding animals, plants and agricultural products from Australia can also be found at the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Methods of quoting and payment
Quotations should be in Euros or Australian dollars.
For more information on current requirements, visit the Requirements.
For more information on current documentary requirements, visit the Requirements.
Pro-forma invoices are advisable to obtain an authorisation to import.
No prescribed form and a minimum of two copies is required (three is preferred) in Portuguese or English.
Must include a full description of shipment including:
- Incoterms 2010
- insurance and freight costs
- marks and numbers of packages
- country of origin
- terms of payment and delivery.
Bill of lading
No special requirements. To Order bills are acceptable.
Usually required and must indicate the gros, net weights and the contents of each package.
Certificate of insurance
Normal commercial practice and must be supplied. Advice of the importer or insurance company should be sought.
Normal commercial practice applies.
Weights and measures
The metric system is used.
Public health requirements
Most primary products require sanitary certification. Pharmaceuticals are subject to control by the Directorate General of Health (Direccao-Geral de Saude).
For more information on public health requirements, visit the Sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.