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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

  • 29-Jan-2015 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Focus: Kosovo Customs, business incorporation, Insurance Certificate, petroleum products.
    The import documentation for the Republic of Kosovo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Kosovo Customs

    The contact details of the Kosovo Customs, including relevant phone numbers, the updated address, the governing Ministry as well as the authority's denomination in Albanian have now been enhanced in the concerned documents of this report. The contact details of said authority have also been added to the documents entitled Summary Declaration and Declaration of Dutiable Value as a competent contact for these procedures.

    Business Incorporation

    The document entitled Certificate of Business Registration, which is required for any businesses intending to engage in economic activities in Kosovo, has been amended with an updated application form for the registration. Prior to submitting the application, the company name must be approved and may be reserved for a period of 180 days with the Kosovo Business Registration Agency (KBRA). To provide specifications, the document entitled Reservation of a Business Name has been incorporated into the report. For further information on business incorporation in Kosovo, please turn to the quoted documents and to the chapter on Registration below.

    Insurance Certificate

    The customs value of imports into Kosovo is calculated on the CIF (cost, insurance, freight) basis. Consequently, the respective transportation and insurance costs must be included in the total customs value. It may therefore be required to provide evidence that the 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 refer thereto for further details.

    Petroleum Products

    As illustrated in the chapter on Petroleum Products, respective licences from the Department for Regulating Oil Market and Strategic Goods (DROMSG) under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) are required for the importation and wholesale of petroleum products (e.g. liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petroleum coke, fuels, gas oils, heavy oils, bitumen, gas cylinders, liquid hydrocarbons such as kerosene, raw materials for further processing). The document entitled Licence to Deal in Petroleum Products has been amended with contact details of the competent Department. A sample application form in the case of importation of LPG has also been furnished. Additional specifics may be consulted in the quoted chapter and document.
  • 29-Jan-2015 Australia Amendments as regards labelling requirements for agricultural chemicals, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and the coming into force of the most recent free trade agreements (FTAs) have been brought to the import documentation for Australia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements for Agricultural Chemicals

    The paragraph on Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with the addition of mandatory labelling provisions for agricultural and veterinary chemicals, including means of plant protection and veterinary medicines. Please turn to the quoted chapter for further details.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    Details of the Australian national focal point responsible for matters relating to GMOs have been added to the section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    Information on the phase-out system of ODS in the framework of the Montreal Protocol has been provided in the pharagraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances below. The ban on hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigeration and air conditioning equipment was recently amended by the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Act 2014, which provides deadlines for the exceptional use of ODS. Please refer to the following News chapter for additional information on the modifications.

    Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with South Korea and Japan

    For trade-related News concerning the coming into effect of the most recent FTAs, please see the following section.
  • 29-Jan-2015 Uzbekistan Amendments to the internal taxation.