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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

  • 20-Oct-2017 Syria Focus: prohibited imports, amended application fees and contact details.
    The import documentation for Syria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Prohibited Imports

    The section on Import Prohibitions in this overview has been amplified with information on items of animal origin banned from being entered into Syria; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Amended Application Fees

    The updated fees which are charged for the mandatory Registration with the Chamber of Commerce have been reflected in the quoted document. Information on the requirement of this document may also be consulted in the chapter on Registration below.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Syrian authorities responsible for foreign trade measures, e.g. of the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment and the Syrian Arab Organization for Standardization and Metrology (SASMO), has been blue-pencilled and adjusted, where applicable throughout the documents of this report.
  • 20-Oct-2017 Mali Amendments as regards the labelling of matches, the Rotterdam Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mali. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling of Matches

    The chapter on Labelling and Marking Requirements has been enhanced with information on the prescribed labelling of matches. Further details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Rotterdam Convention

    As Mali is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, commonly known as the Rotterdam Convention, the chapter on Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with details thereon. Please turn to the mentioned section for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 20-Oct-2017 Belarus Focus: advanced notification of arrival, classification of goods, application forms, pest risk analysis (PRA), labels of grain and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Belarus has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advanced Notification of Arrival

    For reasons of clarity, the former preliminary declaration has been completely reviewed and renamed Advanced Notification of Arrival for Vehicles and Aircraft, which has been amplified with additional requirements for notifications to be made if goods are transported by aircraft. For more details, please refer to the quoted document and also turn to the corresponding section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted in the relevant documents of this report pursuant to the import regime and conformity regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), i.e. referring to all product groups listed in the paragraphs on Import Licences and Standardisation in this overview.

    Application Forms

    The documents listed below have been equipped with the unified application form required in the EAEU for the certification or declaration of conformity:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union.
    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The chapter entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been revised pursuant to regulations in the framework of the EAEU.

    Labels of Grain

    Provisions for the labels of grain have been added to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please see the quoted chapter in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.


  • Taiwan opens market for beef from the Netherlands and Sweden
    Beef from the Netherlands and Sweden will now be allowed on the Taiwanese market. The welcome news was announced on 18 September 2017 by an Executive Order of the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare. The order is effective immediately. The opening of the Taiwanese market is the result of a joint effort of the Member State governments and the European Commission to engage with the Taiwanese government, academia and wider public in a dialogue over several years to explain the EU's comprehensive, multi-layered control systems that meet the highest standards.
    29 Sep 2017
  • Turkey removes long standing export restrictions of copper and aluminium scrap
    On 11 July 2017, Turkey ended long-standing export restrictions of copper and aluminium scrap. This move follows continuous efforts by the European Commission, Member States and European industry with the relevant Turkish authorities to remove these restrictions, in the context of the EU's Market Access Partnership.
    21 Sep 2017
  • Protectionism on the Rise, EU Successful in Countering Barriers
    372 trade barriers in place around the world, 10% increase in 2016
    26 Jun 2017