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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:

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  • 22-Mar-2018 Tunisia Focus: confirmation of homologation for fertilisers and pesticides, revised procedural details, governmental reorganisation, currency and payments as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Confirmation of Homologation for Fertilisers and Pesticides

    The document named Confirmation of Homologation for Fertilisers and Pesticides has been furnished with the corresponding application form. For more information thereon, the mentioned document may be consulted.

    Revised Procedural Details

    The documents entitled Permit to Import Radioactive Elements and Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances have been revised and updated with regard to their procedural details such as the responsible authorities and their contact details. Please refer to the quoted documents for further details of the respective requirements.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The former Ministry of Industry and Commerce is now called the Ministry of Commerce. The concerned documents throughout this import report have been amended to this effect.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview has been updated with information on restrictions for the opening of letters of credit. Please refer thereto for more details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 22-Mar-2018 Guatemala Amendments as regards norms and standards, information on the responsible professional and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    As Guatemala's Ministry of Economy participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), amongst others, the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please turn to the updated chapter for further information on Guatemala's international standardisation activities.

    Responsible Professional

    The involvement of a responsible professional (regente professional) is mandatory for most import measures. Therefore, importing companies are required to authorise the respective person who is then entitled to apply for importer's and product registration. For reasons of transparency, the information on this matter has been summarised in a separate paragraph on the Responsible Professional in this overview. Please refer thereto for details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 22-Mar-2018 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation


  • 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