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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

  • 17-Aug-2017 South Africa Focus: agricultural goods, liquor distributors, goods controlled under the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act, processing fees as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Agricultural Goods

    The document entitled Import Permit for Agricultural Goods has been enhanced with various details regarding the quantity of goods which may be covered under one permit depending on their specific type and the offices where applications may be submitted.
    Moreover, the documents entitled Recognition of a Plant Variety and Registration of Plant Breeder's Rights have also been revised with details of the specific submission dates of crops of plant species intended to be registered.
    Furthermore, information regarding the management plan for the maintenance of consignments to be adhered to by importing businesses has been brought to the document entitled Registration of Seed Business Premises.
    All abovementioned documents have also been updated with the current processing fees. Please turn to the quoted document for additional information.

    Liquor Distributors

    The document entitled Registration of Liquor Distributors has been enhanced with details of the processing fees with respect to the expected annual turnover of the distributing company. Moreover, a sample interface for electronic registration has also been furnished. Please turn to the quoted document for specifics.

    Goods Controlled under the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act

    Information as regards the electronic submission requirement has been added to the documents entitled Registration with the Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Import Permit for Goods Controlled under the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act. Please refer to said documents for further details.

    Processing Fees

    In accordance with the current stipulations, the processing fees have been brought up to date in the following documents:

    Authorisation to Import Propagating Material of Unlisted Varieties
    Certificate of Removal for Liquors
    Import Certificate for Liquors
    Import Permit for Animals and Genetic Material under the Animal Improvement Act
    Import Permit for Poultry and Eggs under the Animal Improvement Act
    Licence for the Wholesale and Distribution of Medicines and Medical Devices
    Licence to Import Medicines and Medical Devices
    Permit to Import Genetically Modified Organisms
    Registration of Agricultural Remedies
    Registration of Feeds
    Registration of Fertilisers
    Registration of Human Medicines and Medical Devices
    Registration of Stock Remedies
    Registration of Veterinary Medicines
    Veterinary Import Permit for Animals and Animal Products.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 17-Aug-2017 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards export processing zones (EPZs), pest risk analysis (PRA) and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka.
    The following changes have been made:

    Export Processing Zones (EPZs)

    The list of export processing zones (EPZs) pertaining to the paragraph on Free Trade Zones has been reviewed and updated, as appropriate. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    For reasons of clarity, a separate chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been incorporated into this overview. Please turn to the quoted section for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Labelling and Packaging Requirements below has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for beverages. The quoted chapter may be consulted for additional details.
  • 17-Aug-2017 Ivory Coast
    Amendments to the internal taxation