Current portal location

Website content

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.


Importing into the EU?


Do you wish to export outside of the European Union?

en fr de it es el pt nl da fi sv cs et lv lt hu mt pl sk sl bg ro hr

Latest updates

  • 27-Feb-2015 Vietnam Amendments as regards steel products, progress on free trade agreements (FTAs) under negotiation, new customs legislation and the import of used information technology products have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Steel Products

    The measures which previously applied to steel products have been abolished. The respective former document entitled automatic import licence for steel products has therefore been removed from this report.


    For further trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 27-Feb-2015 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Single Window for Transborder Operations, Insurance Certificate, second-hand motor vehicles, narcotic and psychotropic drugs and their precursors, products of animal origin.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window for Transborder Operations

    As illustrated in the section on the Single Window for Transborder Operations below, as of November 2014, the Import Declaration (DI) is handled by the Ministry of Commerce and Supply only via the Single Window for Transborder Operations (= Guichet Unique des Opérations Transfrontalières, GUOT). The quoted document has been accordingly revised.

    Insurance Certificate

    All shipments to be imported into Congo must be insured, as the customs value of imports into Congo is calculated on the CIF (cost, insurance, freight) basis. It is therefore required to provide evidence that the respective contract for the insurance of the goods has been signed. For this purpose, the document entitled Insurance Certificate has been added to the set of documents of this report. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Second-hand Motor Vehicles

    In accordance with Notice No. 00747 issued by the General Customs and Indirect Taxes Directorate under the Ministry of Economy, Finance, Planning, Public Portfolio and Integration, additional details are to be provided in the Bill of Lading for the importation of second-hand motor vehicles. The quoted document has been respectively enhanced. For further requirements for the trade of motor vehicles in Congo, please turn to the chapter on Motor Vehicles in this overview.

    Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    The importation of goods subject to the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Vienna Convention) must be approved by the Directorate of Pharmacies and Laboratories under the Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Family. To this end, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors has been newly incorporated into this report. Please turn thereto as well as to the chapter on Medicinal Products for further details.

    Products of Animal Origin

    For the importation of products of animal origin bearing higher risks, e.g. fresh bovine meat, poultry, eggs or milk and similar foodstuffs, specific attestations may be required in addition to the mandatory veterinary certificate to prove that, e.g., they are BSE-free, free from foot and mouth disease, or that the residue levels (e.g. of dioxin or radiation) remain below the threshold levels. The following documents have therefore been newly created:

    BSE Certificate
    Certificate of Dioxin Content
    Radiation Certificate.

    Additional information on the requirements for the importation of animal products may be consulted in the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin.
  • 27-Feb-2015 Ecuador Nomenclature changes. Changes of tariff rates. Amendments to the internal taxation.


  • 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