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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-Jun-2016 Nicaragua Focus: freight documents, Registration of Protected Plant Varieties, agricultural inputs and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Nicaragua has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Freight Documents

    As the Central American Unitary Customs Code Regulation (RECAUCA) stipulates the details which must be contained in freight documents, according information has been added to the documents entitled Air Waybill, Bill of Lading and Sea Waybill in this import report. Please turn to these documents to obtain more details.

    Registration of Protected Plant Varieties

    As breeders may apply for the protection of their breeder's rights as regards a new plant variety, a corresponding document describing the application procedure has been newly added to this import report. Furthermore, the chapter on Plants and Plant Products has been updated accordingly. Further information may be consulted in the document entitled Registration of Protected Plant Varieties and the quoted section.

    Agricultural Inputs

    Fertilisers and soil improvers must be registered with the Institute for Agricultural Protection and Health (IPSA) in order to be imported into Nicaragua. Therefore, a new document entitled Registration of Fertilisers and Soil Improvers has been incorporated into this import report. Moreover, as importers of non-toxic agricultural inputs must also register with said authority, details of the application procedure may now be consulted in the new document entitled Registration of Importers of Non-Toxic Agricultural Inputs.


    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 24-Jun-2016 China Amendments as regards animals and goods of animal origin, wild fauna and flora, good manufacturing practice and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for China.
    The following changes have been made:

    Animals and Goods of Animal Origin

    The paragraph on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview has been enhanced with information on an international animal health database, which may be consulted for additional details on the status of countries and regions as regards animal diseases.

    Wild Fauna and Flora

    As China is a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a chapter on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has been newly incorporated into this overview in order to describe the respective import measures.

    Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

    As a prerequisite for the registration of medicinal products intended for human or veterinary use in China, foreign manufacturers must prove their adherence to the good manufacturing practice (GMP) norms elaborated by the World Health Organization (WHO). Said information has been incorporated into the chapter on Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices in this overview.

    Other Changes

    The following News section contains information on recent issues relating to foreign trade with China.
  • 24-Jun-2016 Kenya
    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