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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

  • 28-Jul-2016 Iran Focus: animal products, Prohibited Imports, classification of goods and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iran has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Importation of Goods of Animal Origin

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been exchanged for a current version for beef products; the quoted document may be viewed for further details. For a summary of other applicable measures for the importation of Animals and Products of Animal Origin, please turn to the same-named section in this overview.

    Import Prohibitions

    The recently introduced ban on the importation and production of filament lamps has been reflected in the document entitled Prohibited Imports. For more information on Prohibited Imports, the quoted chapter below may be viewewd.

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the current Iranian customs tariff for 2016, the classification of goods pertaining to the procedures of this report (i.e. the HS Codes) has been reviewed and adapted, as applicable.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News may be viewed in the following chapter.
  • 28-Jul-2016 Cuba Focus: proof of compliance with applied standards, commercial invoice, plant varieties and waste.
    The import documentation for Cuba has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Proof of Compliance with Applied Standards

    A document entitled Certificate of Conformity has been newly created for this report. Please see the quoted document and also consult the corresponding paragraph on Standardisation in this overview for general requirements related to conformity assessment in Cuba.

    Commercial Invoice

    The compulsory minimum content to be provided in the Commercial Invoice has been incorporated into the quoted document.

    Plant Varieties

    The document entitled Patent for a New Plant Variety has been equipped with the forms required for the technical description of a plant variety. For particulars, please refer to the aforementioned document.


    The section on Waste has been reviewed and augmented with regard to the importation of non-hazardous waste. More information on the import regulations may be obtained from the quoted chapter below.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the Customs General of the Republic of Cuba have been updated throughout this import documentation.
  • 28-Jul-2016 Canada
    Nomenclature changes
    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