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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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Do you wish to export outside of the European Union?

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Latest updates

  • 31-Oct-2014 El Salvador Focus: seeds, plants, animals and animal products, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), pharmaceutical products, medical devices.
    The import documentation for El Salvador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:


    In order to be marketed in El Salvador, seed varieties must be registered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG). Therefore, a document providing information on the corresponding application procedure has been newly created. For more information, please turn to the new document entitled Variety Registration of Seeds and to the updated section on Plants and Plant Products.

    Plants, Animals and Animal Products

    Importers intending to enter plants and products thereof as well as live animals or animal products into El Salvador must obtain a corresponding import permit from the MAG. In the course of this update, the scope of commodities subject to these import requirements has been updated in accordance with the official list published by the General Customs Directorate (DGA), i.e. the documents entitled Permit to Import Animal Products, Permit to Import Live Animals and Permit to Import Plants and Products Thereof have been matched with the respective official commodity codes.

    Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

    Importers of species covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) must obtain a permit prior to importation. The sample form of the required export certificate displayed in the document CITES Import Permit has been exchanged for a current version.

    Pharmaceutical Products

    The document entitled Sanitary Registration of Pharmaceutical Products has been updated according to the stipulations of the National Directorate for Medicines (DNM). Furthermore, the application form for said registration has been exchanged for the current version provided by the DNM. Please see the quoted document for the incurred changes.

    Medical Devices

    A new document providing information on the Registration of Medical Devices at the DNM has been created. More details may be found in the quoted document and in the new section on Medical Devices in this overview.


    Further changes have been made with regard to various aspects in different documents. For example, the processing fees have been added to the documents entitled CITES Import Permit, Registration of Cosmetic Products and Registration of Pesticides, Fertilisers and Further Agricultural Products.
  • 31-Oct-2014 India Amendments as regards commercial samples as well as the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) scheme and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for India.
    The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Samples

    A number of conditions apply for the importation of Commercial Samples. For particulars, please see the corresponding section, which has been integrated into this overview.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been enhanced with further details of the difference between the AEO scheme and the Accredited Clients Programme (ACP). Further information may be found in the quoted paragraph.


    For current trade-related News, please refer to the section below.
  • 31-Oct-2014 Kenya Amendments to the internal taxation.