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Exporting from the EU - what you need to know

The Market Access Database (MADB) gives information to companies exporting from the EU about import conditions in third country markets:

  1. Tariffs
    • Duties & taxes on imports of products into specific countries
  2. Procedures and Formalities
    • Procedures & documents required for customs clearance in the partner country
  3. Statistics
    • Trade flows in goods between EU and non-EU countries
  4. Trade barriers
    • Main barriers affecting your exports
  5. SPS: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues
    • Food safety/animal health/plant health measures
  6. Rules of Origin
    • Preferential agreements & rules of origin
  7. Services for SME
    • Services for SME


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Country trade information

We will determine whether these barriers breach international trade rules, and, if so, take appropriate action to remedy them, for example by formally requesting that the country in question remove them or asking for them to be delayed, so you can adapt to the change and/or use up your stocks.

1. Report any barriers to your exports that are not in the Trade Barriers section.

2. Tell us how technical barriers to trade (TBT) already notified to the Commission may hinder your exports.

3. Launch a formal procedure under the EU's Trade Barriers Regulation (TBR) if you think your business is being negatively affected by a trade obstacle. The Commission then investigates and determines whether there is evidence of a violation of international trade rules.


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Latest updates

  • 27-Jun-2016 Guyana Focus: unmanifested cargo, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), Import Licence, contact details and news. The import documentation for Guayana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Unmanifested Cargo

    The document entitled Parcels List has been newly added to the list of documents of this report. This document is required for the customs clearance of cargo for which no Bill of Lading has been issued. Please refer to the quoted document for more information.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The documents entitled Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances and Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances have been furnished with the current versions of the application forms. For more details, please see the mentioned documents.

    Import Licence

    An updated application form for the document entitled Import Licence has been provided. More information on the application procedure may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Import Licensing below.

    Contact details

    The contact details of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) under the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Business and the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) under the Ministry of Agriculture have been amended throughout the report.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 27-Jun-2016 Gabon Amendments as regards trademark registration, cosmetic products as well as news regarding the Gabonese Programme of Conformity Assessment (PROGEC) have been brought to the import documentation for Gabon. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Trademark Registration

    Information on the registration of trademarks of products with the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) has been incorporated in the chapter on Registration in this overview. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Cosmetic Products

    Cosmetics products containing hydroquinone are banned from importation into Gabon. The section on Prohibited Goods below has been accordingly amended. Please turn thereto for further information.

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    News regarding the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), i.e. the Gabonese Programme of Conformity Assessment (PROGEC), have been provided in the following paragraph. Consequently, the corresponding chapter in this overview has also been enhanced with further related information.
  • 27-Jun-2016 Moldova
    Changes of tariff rates


  • EU obtains removal of import restrictions for spirits in Taiwan
    As of 1st May 2016, Taiwan lifted measures restricting imports of European spirits that hindered trade in the last five years. A certificate requiring a proof that Cognac does not contain plasticisers is no more required.
    24 May 2016
  • Japan lifts ban on imports of italian beef
    After 15 years, Japan lifted an embargo on Italian beef, following an earlier opening of its market to beef products from other EU Member States (France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and Sweden).
    24 May 2016
  • China lifts its temporary restrictions on imports of spirits
    Early 2016, after more than three years, China lifted its temporary measure on imports of spirits requiring very low maximum levels of phthalates (plasticizers). These Chinese maximum permitted levels were not based on science and were even lower than the safety maximum levels for phthalates set by China's own risk assessment and thus were an unjustified barrier to trade for EU's exports of spirits to China.
    20 May 2016