Outside the EU
The Foreign Trade Act 2011 stipulates various approval requirements, prerequisites for the grant of an approval, embargoes, security measures and registration requirements.
Government support for exports
The export funding system is split into two areas:
Export guarantees (including guarantees for safeguarding foreign investments):
- Federal guarantees (as set out in the Export Promotion Act) through the Österreichische Kontrollbank (OeKB)
- Legal liabilities (as set out in the Guarantee Act)
Export financing for individual transactions and revolving credit:
- Through the OeKB export financing procedure (including finance for foreign investments)
Under the Trade Statistics Act and Trade Statistics Regulation, companies must submit statistical reports on trade with non-EU states (‘Extrastat returns’).
Account must be taken of the following: export declaration; shipping procedure; export invoicing (commercial invoice); dual-use goods and military goods (munitions).
The most important international customs documents and their areas of application are as follows: the shipping document set out in the TIR Carnet Convention (includes the EC and most non-EU states), TIR carnet application, customs documents for temporary use, ATA carnet (includes the EC and some non-EU states), certificates of origin (various countries), preference certificates, application for approval to issue preference certificates (customs form 279), information sheet about issuing preference certificates (customs form 280).
Companies that import goods from non-EU states have to take various details into account such as duty and customs documentation as well as embargoes and restrictions on certain goods as well as the following: customs clearance; import duty; required import documentation; customs preferences; anti-dumping and compensation measures; embargoes, restrictions and measures relating to foreign trade law and trade policy.
Submission of statistical returns
Extrastat returns are based on customs documentation and are submitted as part of the customs procedure. Companies are required to submit returns to the customs authorities in order to fulfil their legal obligations. Customs authorities forward this return to Statistics Austria.
More detailed information and application documents are provided by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.
Advantage Austria is a web portal with information about Austrian branches of trade, Austrian companies and events for foreign companies hoping to develop business relationships in Austria. Austrian companies can view information about business abroad and find cooperation partners for foreign trade.
Useful information for people living and working in Austria is available from HELP, the Austrian government help service or the Business Service Portal USP.
The AWIS company database can also be used by companies to access information about seminars, events and cooperation projects. Newsletters are distributed on a weekly basis.
Federal and regional subsidies are available to exporters and importers. Subsidies are also available as part of the Austrian Federal Government’s internationalisation campaign in addition to those offered by Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS) and the Österreichische Kontrollbank (OeKB).