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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

  • 22-Jul-2016 Serbia Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), waste and medical devices have been brought to the import documentation for Serbia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    A new section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been added to this overview to provide information on said measure, which may be required when importing new plant varieties. For further specifics, please turn thereto.


    The chapter on Waste has been revised and enhanced with further stipulations regarding the trade in hazardous as well as non-hazardous waste. More information on the import regulations may be obtained from the quoted section below.

    Medical Devices

    Information on the requirements to import spare parts for medical devices and exemption of a product registration for such products has been incorporated into the section on Medicines and Medical Devices. Please turn thereto to find out more.
  • 22-Jul-2016 Ethiopia Focus: registration of medical devices, pesticides and fertilisers, processing fees, and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ethiopia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Medical Devices

    The document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been newly created, displaying, inter alia, the current application form. Please refer to the quoted document as well as to the section on Medicinal Products and Related Goods for more information.

    Pesticides and Fertilisers

    The document entitled Release Certificate for Pesticides and Fertilisers has been newly added to the list of documents of this report. This document is required for the customs release of such goods. Consequently, the document entitled Permit to Import Pesticides and Fertilisers has been renamed. For more details on the application procedures, please see the mentioned documents. Information on further import requirements may be found in the chapter on Pesticides and Further Hazardous Chemicals in this overview.

    Processing Fees

    The processing fees for the respective registration procedures for medicines as well as medicated and functional cosmetics have been updated in the following documents:

    Registration of Medicated and Functional Cosmetics
    Registration of Pharmaceuticals.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 21-Jul-2016 Libya Amendments as regards the electronic cargo tracking note (ECTN), sanctions and waste have been brought to the import documentation for Libya.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mandatory ECTN. Please turn to the quoted chapter for more information.


    For goods exported from the EU, restrictive measures exist in view of the situation in Libya. The applicable legal basis is Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44 of 18 January 2016. By virtue of Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/819 of 24 May 2016, the list of organisations against whom restrictions apply has been amended. For a survey of applicable measures, the paragraph on Sanctions below may be consulted.


    The section on Waste in this overview has been blue-pencilled and updated with information on the importation of non-hazardous waste into Libya. More information on the import regulations may be obtained from the quoted section below.


  • 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