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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

  • 08-Oct-2015 Mexico Focus: importer's registrations, manifests, Declaration of Dutiable Value, importation of live animals, animal products, plants and plant products, Registration of Importers of Seeds, Registration of Plant Varieties, wildlife species, Environmental Release of Genetically Modified Organisms and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Importer's Registrations

    The documents entitled Registration of Importers and Registration as Importer of Certain Branches have been updated according to the stipulations of the current General Foreign Trade Rules (RGCE) 2015. Moreover, as the registration for certain branches is now also applicable to importers of shoes and textiles, the assignment of commodity codes to the concerned document has been updated accordingly.

    Manifest for Sea or Air Freight

    A new document entitled Manifest for Air Freight has been created, describing the stipulations concerning the advance transmission of information of air freight which are in force since 15 June 2015. Moreover, the document entitled Manifest for Sea Freight has been updated.

    Declaration of Dutiable Value

    The document entitled Declaration of Dutiable Value has been augmented with the documents to be enclosed, which are mandatory since 1 September 2015. Please turn there for further information.

    Import Measures of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA)

    As the Agreement of 7 May 2015 amended the scope of goods subject to the control of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), the assignment of commodity codes to the import documents concerning live animals, animal products, plants and plant products has been updated. Moreover, these documents as well as the documents concerning aquatic species have been updated according to the Agreement of 11 May 2015.
    Furthermore, the document entitled Import Certificate for Plants and Plant Products has been equipped with the electronic application interface which is to be filled in within the Mexican Single Window of Foreign Trade (VUCEM).


    The documents entitled Registration of Importers of Seeds and Registration of Plant Varieties have been newly created. Please turn there and to the updated section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview for further details.

    Wildlife Species

    The new document entitled Import Permit for Wildlife Species has been added to this import report and the section on Wildlife Species below has been amended accordingly.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The document entitled Permit for Environmental Release of Genetically Modified Organisms has been revised and blue-pencilled, where necessary, e.g. as regards the two responsible authorities depending on the type of product.
  • 08-Oct-2015 Switzerland Focus: certification of organic foodstuffs and trade-related news on various free trade agreements (FTAs) with participation of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), an agreement on the recognition of United States (US) organic food certification and the Business Identification Number (UID).
    The import documentation for Switzerland has been amended with regard to various details. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Certification of Organic Foodstuffs

    The section on Foodstuffs and Related Goods in this overview has been enhanced with information on equivalence agreements which Switzerland has entered into with regard to the organic food certification of certain other countries. Please see said section as well as the related news item below.


    Please see the following section for further trade-related News.
  • 08-Oct-2015 Uruguay Nomenclature changes. Changes of tariff rates.


  • 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