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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


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Country trade information

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

  • 29-Jul-2016 Sudan Focus: Letter of Credit (L/C), foodstuffs, waste and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Letter of Credit (L/C)

    An irrevocable Letter of Credit (L/C) is a method of payment which may be preferred particularly in the case of first-time exportations to Sudan or for deliveries subject to Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VOC). Consequently, the quoted document has been added to the set of documents of this report.


    Foreign manufacturers of foodstuffs intending to export their products to Sudan must adhere to the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP). In order to prove HACCP compliance, manufacturing plants are regularly inspected by the competent authorities in the country of exportation and, depending on the legislation of said country, may have to be authorised as manufacturers by these authorities. For foodstuffs to enter the Sudanese market, evidence of such official controls must be provided. Consequently, the document entitled Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers has been newly incorporated into this report. Please turn also to the chapter on Foodstuffs in this overview for additional information on applicable procedures and documents required for the importation of foodstuffs into Sudan.


    The chapter on Waste has been newly added to this overview. More information on the import regulations may be obtained from the quoted section below.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents have been amended with regard to various aspects, e.g. details of the responsible authorities.
    Information on the recently announced postponement of the implementation of an electronic cargo tracking note (ECTN) may be found in the following News section.
  • 29-Jul-2016 Qatar Amendments as regards the new Gulf Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances, waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar.
    The following changes have been made:

    Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Appliances

    On 1 July 2016, the Gulf Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances (reference BD-142004-01) entered into force (for goods arriving in Qatar as of this date). Designated electrical and electronic devices are to be manufactured in accordance with the new Regulation and consequently be marked with the Gulf conformity mark, also referred to as G mark, and must be accompanied by a corresponding conformity declaration. The managing authority is the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO). The section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview contains a list of products which are affected by the new norm. Information on local and international conformity assessment bodies accredited by the GSO to perform the corresponding procedures may be found in the paragraph on Standardisation below.


    The chapter on Waste in this overview has been blue-pencilled and enhanced with information on movements of non-hazardous waste. More information on the import regulations may be obtained from the quoted section below.


    Information on recent trade-related developments may be found in the following News paragraph.
  • 29-Jul-2016 Afghanistan
    Changes of tariff rates


  • EU obtains removal of import restrictions for spirits in Taiwan
    As of 1st May 2016, Taiwan lifted measures restricting imports of European spirits that hindered trade in the last five years. A certificate requiring a proof that Cognac does not contain plasticisers is no more required.
    24 May 2016
  • Japan lifts ban on imports of italian beef
    After 15 years, Japan lifted an embargo on Italian beef, following an earlier opening of its market to beef products from other EU Member States (France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and Sweden).
    24 May 2016
  • China lifts its temporary restrictions on imports of spirits
    Early 2016, after more than three years, China lifted its temporary measure on imports of spirits requiring very low maximum levels of phthalates (plasticizers). These Chinese maximum permitted levels were not based on science and were even lower than the safety maximum levels for phthalates set by China's own risk assessment and thus were an unjustified barrier to trade for EU's exports of spirits to China.
    20 May 2016