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.

Non-tariff barriers

For more information, visit National Customs websites.

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.

CE Mark

The CE mark is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). 


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.

Special certificates

There are controls on imports on a number of products. For more information, visit National Customs websites.

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.

Documentary requirements

For more information on current documentary requirements, visit the EU requirements.

Pro-forma invoice

Pro-forma invoices are advisable to obtain an authorisation to import.

Commercial invoice

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
  • weights
  • country of origin
  • terms of payment and delivery.

Bill of lading

No special requirements. To Order bills are acceptable.

Packing list

Usually required and must indicate the gross and 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

Metric measurements (grams, kilograms, millilitres or litres) are used when selling packaged or loose goods. 

Public health requirements

For more information on public health requirements, visit the EU Sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.