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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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Do you wish to export outside of the European Union?

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Latest updates

  • 24-Oct-2014 Pakistan Amendments as regards pesticides and fertilisers, radioactive material and radiation apparatus as well as pharmaceutical products, narcotic and psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals have been brought to the import documentation for Pakistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pesticides and Fertilisers as well as Radioactive Material and Radiation Apparatus

    Separate chapters on Pesticides and Fertilisers and on Radioactive Material and Radiation Apparatus have been created for reasons of clarity.

    Pharmaceutical Products, Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals

    The section on Pharmaceutical Products, Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals has been enhanced with further details and lists of documents required for the importation of said goods have been added.


    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled chapter below.
  • 24-Oct-2014 Fiji Focus: Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF), telecommunications equipment and standards, labelling requirements for fireworks.
    The import documentation for Fiji has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF)

    The physical address of the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has changed, which has been revised in the relevant documents of this report. In addition, the application forms for the following documents have been exchanged for their current versions:

    Permit to Import Animal Products
    Permit to Import Live Animals
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products.

    Telecommunications Equipment

    In order to depict the requirement for telecommunications equipment, including radio transmitting devices, to conform to the prescribed technical rules and standards as well as the necessity for a related import permit, the document entitled Import Permit for Telecommunications Equipment has been newly incorporated into this report.

    In this context, the section on Norms and Standards has been revised and, inter alia, been enhanced with information on dangerous goods in the meaning of the Trade Standards and Quality Control Decree 1992.

    Labelling of Fireworks

    The labelling requirements for fireworks to be sold by retail have been added to the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below.
  • 24-Oct-2014 Colombia Amendments as regards customs value, technical and sanitary measures of the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), motor vehicles, terminal and electronic communication equipment and the latest news have been brought to the import documentation for Colombia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs value

    A new section on Customs Value has been created in this overview and may now be consulted for relevant details.

    Technical and sanitary measures of the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA)

    The ICA establishes certain control measures, e.g. conducts risk analysis at the border, in order to reduce the risk of pests and diseases of imported goods. As regards the responsibility of the ICA, specific details of current control measures of the Institute have been added to several paragraphs in this overview, e.g. related to goods of the agricultural sector as well as to the monitoring of infections of live animals and products of animal origin. For further information, please refer to the commodity-specific paragraphs below.

    Motor vehicles

    Additional information on motor vehicles subject to non-automatic or automatic import licensing (carried out by the MINCOMERCIO) has been introduced into the corresponding section.
    Please turn to the quoted paragraph and find general information on the procedure of said import licensing in Colombia in the section entitled General Procedure of Import Registrations and Preliminary Licences.

    Terminal and electronic communication equipment

    Imported terminal and electronic communication equipment, e.g. telephony devices, is subject to specific control measures (amongst others, preliminary approval of the newly imported device) carried out by the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MINTIC) in Colombia. For particulars, please refer to the newly introduced information on the goods in question in the paragraph on Standardisation.