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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

  • 24-Apr-2015 Montenegro Focus: classification of goods, rough diamonds, precursors, controlled goods, news regarding the European Union (EU) accession progress.
    The import documentation for Montenegro has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the current Montenegrin customs tariff for 2015 and the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods (HS Codes) related to the import procedures in Montenegro has been verified and updated accordingly. For more information on the Montenegro customs tariff, please refer to the sections Note and Harmonized System below.

    Rough Diamonds

    In accordance with the Law on Amendments to the Law on Foreign Trade, which was enforced on 16 December 2014, a corresponding certificate issued by a competent authority in the country of export is required for the importation of rough diamonds into Montenegro. For this purpose, the document entitled Kimberley Process Certificate has been added as an exemplary certificate to the set of documents for this report. Additional information may be found in the section on Standardisation in this overview.


    In accordance with the rulebooks related to the trade and import of precursors which were issued in the Official Gazette CG, No. 4/2015, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Precursors has been furnished with a sample of an issued authorisation. An updated application form has also been incorporated. The documents entitled End-User Declaration for Precursors and Licence for Dealing in Precursors, which are required for the trade of precursors, have also been added to the list of documents for this report.

    Controlled Goods

    All importers and wholesalers of controlled goods, e.g. arms, military equipment and dual-use goods, must be registered and licensed with the Ministry of Economy in order to be authorised to conduct the respective activity. As the case may be, further certificates may be required for the end user or for export approval. Further information on these requirements may be consulted in the following documents incorporated in this report:

    End-User Certificate
    International Import Certificate
    Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods
    Registration of Traders of Controlled Goods.

    In addition, the document entitled Permit to Import Non-Military Lethal Goods, which is required for the importation of lethal weapons which are not used for military purposes, has also been added.
    Further information on the requirements for the importation of Arms, Military Equipment and Dual-Use Goods may be consulted in the corresponding chapter.

    Other Changes

    For News regarding the opening of further negotiation chapters for Montenegro's accession to the European Union (EU), please turn to the section below.
  • 24-Apr-2015 Jordan Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and agricultural chemicals have been brought to the import documentation for Jordan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) for plants and plant products. For particulars, please consult the quoted paragraph.

    Genetically Modified Organisms

    The section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been enhanced by the addition of information regarding the responsible body in Jordan, i.e. the Nature Protection Directorate, which comes under the Ministry of Environment.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    For reasons of clarity, a new chapter on Chemicals Used in Agriculture, i.e. fertilisers and pesticides, has been added to this overview. Please turn there for further details.
  • 24-Apr-2015 New Zealand Changes of tariff rates.


  • 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