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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

  • 24-Aug-2016 Papua New Guinea Focus: waste, government procurement as well as fish and fishery products.
    The import documentation for Papua New Guinea has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:


    Information on the importation of non-hazardous waste has been added to the chapter on Waste. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Government Procurement

    The section on Government Procurement has been newly added to this overview in order to display information on the supply of goods to the Government of Papua New Guinea. Please turn to the quoted chapter for more details.

    Fish and Fishery Products

    The chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin has been enhanced with further information on fish and fishery products. For particulars, please consult the mentioned section.
  • 24-Aug-2016 Ecuador Focus: classification of goods, controlled substances, telecommunications equipment and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador 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) requiring the documents Non-Automatic Import Licence from the MIPRO, Non-Automatic Import Licence from the ARCOTEL and Prohibited Imports has been adjusted in accordance with the Ecuadorian import licensing system and resolutions of the Foreign Trade Committee (COMEX).

    Controlled Substances

    The National Council for the Control of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (CONSEP) has been renamed as Technical Secretariat for Drugs (SETED). The documents entitled Registration of Importers of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and Preliminary Import Authorisation for Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances have been revised accordingly. Moreover, procedural details have been verified and incorporated into the documents concerned.

    Telecommunications Equipment

    The Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUPERTEL) has recently been renamed as Agency for Regulation and Control of Telecommunications (ARCOTEL). This amendment has been reflected in the documents entitled Non-Automatic Import Licence from the ARCOTEL and Registration of Importers of Decoders and Satellite Receivers with the ARCOTEL, which have furthermore been updated with current application forms.

    Other Changes

    The document entitled Purchase Order, which stresses contractual specifications, has been newly incorporated into this import documentation. For details, please see the quoted document.
  • 24-Aug-2016 Australia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation


  • 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