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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-Nov-2015 Senegal Nomenclature changes. Amendments to the internal taxation.
  • 26-Nov-2015 Argentina Nomenclature changes.
  • 25-Nov-2015 Malaysia Amendments as regards the Insurance Certificate, the Halal Certificate, prohibited imports, animals and products of animal origin, radio and telecommunications equipment, the contact details of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Insurance Certificate

    The new document entitled Insurance Certificate has been added to the set of documents of this import report. This certificate proves that a contract for the insurance of the goods to be imported has been signed. Please refer to said document for more information.

    Halal Certificate

    The sample attached to the document entitled Halal Certificate has been exchanged for a new version. Please consult the quoted document.

    Prohibited Imports

    Specific electric water heating devices have been added to the list of Prohibited Imports in this overview as well as to the tariff classification of the document entitled Prohibited Imports. Please see the quoted section for further details.

    Animals and Products of Animal Origin

    New information on the permit fees for the Import Permit for Live Animals and for the Import Permit for Aquatic Species and Products Thereof has been added to the documents of the same titles. Please turn there for particulars.

    Radio and Telecommunications Equipment

    The tariff classification of the documents entitled Import Permit for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment and Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measures apply, has been enhanced with various new codes, inter alia for the equipment of digital cameras and video camera recorders, for transmission and reception apparatus of a kind used for simultaneous interpretation at multilingual conferences and for specific apparatus or equipment with an integrated communications module.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department have been updated in all affected documents as well as in the section on Customs Agents in this overview.


    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.


  • New information on the Rules of Origin at tariff line level in the MADB
    The MADB was recently enhanced with new information concerning the ‘Rules of Origin’ applicable to a product in order to benefit from preferential treatment in case there is a trade agreement between the EU and a partner country. The information is displayed in the “Tariffs” section of the MADB after introducing a 4-digit or 6-digit HS product code or a description of goods.
    18 Aug 2015
  • 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