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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

  • 24-May-2017 El Salvador Focus: nomenclature changes, plant varieties, arms and ammunition as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for El Salvador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following the implementation of the effective nomenclature basis, the import documentation for El Salvador has been amended pursuant to the Nomenclature of the Central American Customs System (SAC) of the Central American Common Market (CACM, Mercado Común Centroamericano - MCCA), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS) 2017.
    Moreover, the chapters entitled Note and Harmonized System in this overview have been amended accordingly.

    Plant Varieties

    The following documents have been updated with regard to various details, e.g. the application form to be submitted for the registration of the goods in question and the procedural details:

    Registration of Importers of Seeds
    Variety Registration of Seeds.

    Arms and Ammunition

    The Ministry of National Defence (MDN) is responsible for the issue of a special import permit for the entry of arms, ammunition and related commodities into El Salvador. In order to depict this procedure, a document entitled Special Permit to Import Arms, Ammunition and Similar Items has been newly created for this report. For particulars, please refer to the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 24-May-2017 New Zealand Amendments as regards chemical weapons, nomenclature changes and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for New Zealand. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which New Zealand is party, has been added to the paragraph on Hazardous Substances in this overview. More details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following New Zealand's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in New Zealand have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the chapters entitled Note and Harmonized System in this overview have been updated accordingly.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 24-May-2017 India Amendments as regards rough diamonds, commercial samples and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for India.
    The following changes have been made:

    Rough Diamonds

    The chapter on Rough Diamonds has been newly added to this Overview of Import Procedures, providing details of the procedures for the importation of rough diamonds. Please refer to said section for additional information.

    Commercial Samples

    The paragraph on Commercial Samples has been reviewed and updated in regard to value limits. For particulars, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.