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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

  • 30-May-2016 Vietnam Focus: Insurance Certificate, Import Permit for Medical Equipment, Registration of New Plant Varieties, animals and products of animal origin and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Vietnam has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Insurance Certificate

    The new document entitled Insurance Certificate has been added to the set of documents of this import report. This certificate proves that a contract for the insurance of the goods to be imported has been signed. This document pertains to the documents to be submitted to the Vietnamese customs enlisted in the section on Customs Clearance in this overview. Please see the quoted document and section for more information.

    Import Permit for Medical Equipment

    The document entitled Import Permit for Medical Equipment has been enhanced with a sample of the enrolment form which is to be submitted to the Ministry of Health in case of the electronic application procedure. Please turn to said document for particulars.

    Registration of New Plant Varieties

    The document entitled Registration of New Plant Varieties has been furnished with a form depicting a sample of an issued registration certificate of plant variety protection. For further details, please consult the quoted document.

    Animals and Products of Animal Origin

    The section on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview has been augmented with information on the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS). Please see said chapter for more details.


    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 30-May-2016 Congo (Republic of) Focus: World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), plastic bags and sheets as well as requirements for import formalities.
    The import documentation for Congo has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)

    Information on the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), a service provided by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), has been included into the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Plastic Bags and Sheets

    As certain plastic bags and sheets may only be imported by means of an import authorisation from the Ministry of Commerce and Supply, a new chapter on Plastic Materials has been incorporated into this overview. Moreover, additional information on the import ban regarding plastic bags for foodstuffs has been provided in the section on Prohibited Imports. For more details, please see the quoted paragraphs.

    Requirements for Import Formalities

    A chapter entitled Requirements for Import Formalities has been newly added to this overview. Further information may be obtained from the quoted section.
  • 25-May-2016 Nigeria Amendments as regards Government procurement, conformity assessment and additions to the prohibited import list have been brought to the import documentation for Nigeria.
    The following changes have been made:

    Government Procurement

    The section on Government Procurement has been newly added to this overview to provide information on public tendering in Nigeria, which is administrated by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP). For further details, please consult the quoted chapter.

    Conformity Assessment

    The chapter on Conformity Assessment has been enhanced with details on the possibility to activate the Product Certificate and the SONCAP Certificate of Conformity (CoC) electronically.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of items banned for import in the chapter Prohibited Imports has been expanded by two items. Namely, potassium bromate used as a bread improver and non-nutritive sweeteners contained in any food or beverage to be consumed by infants or children are not permitted.


  • 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