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Types of import licence

A summary overview of the different types of import licences

Textiles subject to quota restrictions

North Korea

The importation into the EU of textiles originating in North Korea falling under the following textile categories are subject to quantitative quotas and require an import licence:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 36, 37, 39, 59, 61, 68, 69, 70, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 83, 87, 109, 117, 118, 142, 151A, 151B and 161.

Information on the category descriptions is provided on the European Commission’s SIGL website:


The maximum quotas per operator are set out in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/2148 and are set at category levels as set out in Annex I of the Regulation.

The quotas will be awarded on a first come first served basis on receipt by the Commission of Member State’s notifications for amounts not exceeding the maximum quantities per operator set out in Annex I of the Regulation. Overall quotas for each category of goods are also set out for each EU Member State.  Further information is available on the SIGL website.


Wood subject to quota restrictions

In the context of its accession to the World trade Organisation (WTO), Russia agreed to reduce its export duty rates on raw wood products.  For certain types of wood, namely some coniferous wood species (spruce and pine), Russia agreed to open tariff-rate quotas for exports of those products and allocate a specific quota share to the EU.  Export duty rates within the tariff-rate quotas were to be applied at a reduced level.

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 498/2012 implements the allocation of the tariff rate quotas.  A quota authorisation system applies and importers must apply for a quota authorization.