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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


Help us counter trade barriers ▼

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.


Country trade information
      • Trade picture of non-EU countries, trade relations with the EU, statistics.


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Latest updates

  • 17-Feb-2017 Pakistan Focus: classification of goods, pesticides and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes to the following documents has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with current official classifications:

    Prohibited Imports
    Prohibited Imports of Used Products
    Permit to Import Arms and Ammunition
    Licence to Import Arms and Ammunition.


    As the importation of pesticides requires a pre-shipment inspection (PSI) certificate, the document entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection for Pesticides has been newly added to this overview. Please turn to the quoted document and the updated sections on Pesticides and Fertilisers and Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in this overview for further details.
    Moreover, the following documents have been updated in regard to various procedural details, inter alia the respective processing time, fee, validity, documents to be enclosed and the sample form:

    Import Permit for Pesticides Registered Abroad
    Licence to Deal in Pesticides
    Registration of Pesticides
    Special Import Permit for Pesticides Without a Trade Name.

    In addition, the labelling requirements for pesticides have been augmented in the corresponding chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 17-Feb-2017 Colombia Focus: classification of goods, plants and plant products, homologation procedure for communications equipment as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Colombia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes to the following documents, has been enhanced according to the stipulations of the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA):

    Permit to Import Agricultural and Livestock Products and Raw Materials
    Phytosanitary Import Permit
    Zoosanitary Import Permit.

    Plants and Plant Products

    Information on entry points for the introduction of plants and plant products has been added to the document entitled Phytosanitary Import Permit.
    Importers of the abovementioned goods may be required to apply for phytosanitary requirements at the General Directorate of Plant Health (DGSV). This measure is necessary to find out whether the commodity is prohibited from being imported, e.g. for reasons of quarantine, or subject to an import regulation. Please see the newly added document entitled Application Sheet for Phytosanitary Requirements for more information.
    Further documents of this report, e.g. the Patent for a New Plant Variety, Registration of Importers of Veterinary Products and Genetic Material of Animal Origin as well as the Registration of Dealers of Seeds and Further Agricultural Goods, have been amended with regard to the processing time and/or fee, respectively.

    Homologation Procedure for Communications Equipment

    Importers of communications equipment, e.g. mobile devices, are to obtain a homologation certificate, which proves the compliance of the goods in question with the Colombian standards and norms. This area is regulated by the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MINTIC). A new document entitled Type Approval for Communications Equipment has been created to depict this procedure; please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 17-Feb-2017 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation