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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.

 

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Latest updates

  • 27-Jul-2015 Lack of comprehensive competition law
  • 27-Jul-2015 Cuba Amendments as regards the importation of commercial samples, dangerous goods, the Insurance Certificate and the importation of plants and plant products as well as other trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cuba. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Samples

    A newly created chapter on Commercial Samples has been added to this overview. Please turn to the mentioned chapter for more details.

    Dangerous Goods

    The document entitled Declaration for Dangerous Goods Shipped via Sea Freight has been amended by adding a new sample. Please see said document for further particulars.

    Insurance Certificate

    A new document entitled Insurance Certificate has been included into the report of import formalities for Cuba. Please refer to said document for more information.

    Plants and Plant Products

    The chapter on Plants and Plant Products has been amended by adding the entry points for said commodities. Please see said chapter for further information.
  • 24-Jul-2015 Pharmaceuticals and medical devices: import restrictions, intellectual property rights protection

News

  • SPS - Export of meat and cheese to Japan getting easier
    By the end of 2014, Japan changed its standard for Listeria monocytogenes. The Japanese requirement now reflects the current international standard applied also in the EU. The decision will make the €1 billion-worth European exports of processed meat and cheese to Japan much easier.
    16 Feb 2015
  • Improved access to Korea for EU certified organic products
    The EU and South Korea agreed on an equivalence arrangement for the import of EU certified organic products. The agreement entered into force on 1 February 2015.
    09 Feb 2015
  • China SPS Chocolate standards
    China adapted its requirement on a maximum level of copper in chocolate. The Chinese follow now the international standard on that matter, which is also applied in the EU. The decision ends uncertainty and unnecessary trade disruptions for European exports of chocolate and chocolate products to China - business worth € 120 million a year.
    22 Jan 2015

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