General excise


Common requirements apply throughout the European Union (EU) and Northern Ireland to certain excisable products subject to excise duties. 

These requirements cover, for example:

  • the excisable products on which EU Member States must charge excise duties
  • common rules on producing, processing, storing and moving excisable products
  • authorisation by your Revenue office
  • licensing.

Excisable products subject to these common requirements are:

  • alcohol products
  • tobacco products
  • energy products used for heating and transport, as well as electricity.

There are different requirements depending on whether the excise duty:

  • has already been paid (referred to as ‘duty paid’)
  • or
  • has not been paid as the products have not been released for consumption (referred to as ‘duty suspended’). 

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