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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

  • 22-Jun-2017 Morocco Amendments as regards points of entry for plants and plant products, medical devices as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Morocco.
    The following changes have been made:

    Points of Entry for Plants and Plant Products

    The chapter on Plants and Plant Products has been updated with regard to the permissible points of entry for such goods in Morocco. Please turn to the quoted section for more information.

    Medical Devices

    New information on the importation of medical devices into Morocco has been added to the paragraph dealing with Medicinal Products and Medical Devices in this overview. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 22-Jun-2017 Armenia Focus: inspection of plant products, forms, foreign currency transactions and labelling of fur articles as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Armenia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Inspection of Plant Products

    The document entitled Phytosanitary Inspection has been reviewed and modified with regard to the processing time, validity period and applicable inspection stations. Please turn thereto for more details.


    The documents listed below have been equipped with the unified application form required in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) for the declaration or certification of conformity:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union.

    Foreign Currency Transactions

    Importers are required to verify the details of trade transactions payable in foreign currencies by means of a Passport of Deal, which has been newly created for this report. For further information, please refer to the quoted document and also consult the corresponding paragraphs on Customs Procedures and Regulations and Currency and Payments in this overview.

    Labelling of Fur Articles

    The details of the mandatory labelling of fur items with a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip have been summarised in the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please consult the aforementioned chapter in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 21-Jun-2017 Paraguay Amendments as regards the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, the assignment of commodity codes to the Registration of Importers and the Import Licence, prohibited imports and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Paraguay. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Paraguay's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (AEC) of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Paraguay have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. For in-depth information on the HS, please refer also to the section on the Harmonized System below.

    Registration of Importers and Import Licence

    The scope of products subject to a Registration of Importers and an Import Licence has recently been augmented by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) by means of different Decrees and Regulations. As the mentioned documents are now also required for specific lamps, plastic bags and biodegradable bags (i.e. bags made out of paper or biodegradable plastic) as well as particular telephone sets, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to these documents has been adapted accordingly. For further information on these measures, please consult the chapter on Import Licensing.

    Prohibited Imports

    For the purpose of clarity, the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been restructured. Moreover, it has been enhanced with further details of prohibited pesticides. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for more information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the section below.