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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.


Country trade information
      • Trade picture of non-EU countries, trade relations with the EU, statistics.


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Latest updates

  • 20-Jan-2017 Mexico Amendments as regards electric energy, petroleum and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mexico. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electric Energy

    A new section providing details of the importation of electric energy has been added to this overview. For further particulars, please consult the paragraph entitled Electric Energy.


    The chapter on Motor Vehicles and Petroleum has been enhanced with information on the import requirements for petroleum stipulated by the Ministry of Energy (SENER). Please see the mentioned section for more details.


    For current trade-related News, please refer to the section below.
  • 20-Jan-2017 Switzerland Focus: preferential treatment, Customs Import Declaration, Registration as an E-Dec User, Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products, Health Certificate for Food and Feed with Aflatoxin Contamination Risk, radio equipment and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Switzerland has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

    The section on Preferential Treatment in this overview has been enhanced with information on the agricultural free trade agreement (FTA) which is in force between Switzerland and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU, consisting of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland).

    Customs Import Declaration

    Since 4 January 2017, Customs Import Declarations may only be submitted via the e-dec system by stating the Business Identification Number (UID). The trader identification number (TIN) is no longer accepted. Consequently, the document entitled Customs Import Declaration in this report has been enhanced with corresponding information.

    Registration as an E-Dec User

    As the Registration as an E-Dec User may only be applied for electronically via the website of the Customs Client Administration, the mentioned document has been amended accordingly. Please turn thereto for further information.

    Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products

    The form displayed in the document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products has been exchanged for its current version. Moreover, the assignment of tariff codes to this document has been adjusted in accordance with the legal stipulations in force since 1 January 2017.

    Food and Feed with Aflatoxin Contamination Risk

    In order to depict the special conditions to be adhered to for the import of certain feed and food from specific countries due to a contamination risk by aflatoxins, the document entitled Health Certificate for Food and Feed with Aflatoxin Contamination Risk has been newly incorporated into this import report. Moreover, the section on Foodstuffs and Related Goods has been updated in this respect.

    Radio Equipment

    In 2016, the stipulations concerning the importation of telecommunications installations have been amended. These changes have been reflected accordingly in this import report. Please turn to the updated section on Standardisation in this overview and the document entitled Declaration of Conformity for Radio Equipment for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 20-Jan-2017 St. Lucia
    Changes of tariff rates