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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

  • 24-Mar-2017 Paraguay Focus: importers of cosmetic products, product registration of cosmetics, household cleaning agents and contact details.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and amended with regard to various details. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Importers of Cosmetic Products

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Cosmetics has been enhanced as regards the application form and specific procedural details, e.g. the period of validity and documents to be enclosed.

    Product Registration of Cosmetics

    As cosmetic products are categorised into class I and class II products, the document entitled Registration of Cosmetics has been enhanced with information thereon. Moreover, a current sanitary notification form, which must be presented for class I products, as well as further procedural details have been incorporated in the document.

    Household Cleaning Agents

    The form displayed in the document entitled Registration of Household Cleaning Agents has been exchanged for its current version. Moreover, the document has been updated with regard to various details, e.g. information on the specific requirements for class I and class II products, the processing times, the period of validity and the documents to be respectively enclosed. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Contact Details

    The phone number of the National Directorate for Sanitary Surveillance (DNVS) has been updated in all concerned documents of this report.
  • 24-Mar-2017 Morocco Amendments as regards the adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), tariff classification, Import Licence as well as prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Morocco.
    The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the 2017 Version of the Harmonized System (HS)

    Following Morocco's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Morocco have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. For in-depth information on the HS, please refer also to the sections on the Harmonized System and Note below.

    Tariff Classification

    The assignment of tariff codes to the documents of this report, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measures apply, has been amended in accordance with recent legal stipulations published by the Customs and Indirect Taxes Administration of Morocco. The official modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents:

    Certificate of Conformity
    Import Authorisation for Explosives
    Import Licence
    Manufacturer's Declaration of Conformity
    Movement Document for Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste
    Notification of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste.

    Import Licence

    The document entitled Import Licence has been enhanced with another sample form that has been added to the document. Please turn thereto for further details. A summary of information on the licensing system in Morocco may also be obtained from the paragraph on Import Regulations below.

    Prohibited Imports

    New information on goods that may not be imported into Morocco has been added to the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview. Please refer to the aforementioned section for specifics.
  • 24-Mar-2017 Iraq Amendments as regards embargo measures, the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI), the regional centre responsible for waste issues as well as contact information have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Embargo Measures

    Recently, the applicable European Union (EU) Sanctions concerning the provision of economic resources and financial assets to certain persons, entities or organisations in Iraq have been modified. By virtue of Commission Implementing Regulations (EU) 2016/2363 of 21 December 2016, 2017/44 of 10 January 2017 and 2017/184 of 1 February 2017, the entries in the list of natural and legal persons against whom said sanctions apply have been reduced. For additional information, please turn to the chapter quoted above.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The list of commodities subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has been amplified to include the following products, amongst others:

    parboiled rice
    crude sunflower oil
    essential spearmint oil
    knitted cotton drawers
    vitreous sanitary appliances
    air conditioners
    railway elevators.

    The importation of the listed goods now requires a Certificate of Conformity (COC) and a Release Note for Customs Clearance to be issued in the framework of the Pre-Import Inspection, Testing and Certification Program of Goods into the Republic of Iraq (ICIGI). Further particulars on the programme may be viewed in the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) below.

    Regional Centre Responsible for Waste Issues

    The section on Waste below has been enhanced with information on the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Training and Technology Transfer for Arab States, which is located in Egypt.

    Contact Information

    The chapter on Chemicals and Other Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with information on the authority responsible for the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure, which is required for designated chemicals in the framework of the so-called Rotterdam Convention before they are eligible for shipment from the country of export.