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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

  • 27-Aug-2014 Venezuela Focus: surveillance of the use of foreign exchange, SICAD II, contract on the correct use of foreign exchange, exchange rate of the tax unit, registration with SIDUNEA.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Surveillance of the Use of Foreign Exchange

    On 20 July 2014, the National Centre of Foreign Trade (CENCOEX) published the first list of companies which are to appear at the authority at a fixed date in order to verify the correct use of foreign exchange. More than 1,100 companies are concerned by this new means of control. The dates at which the respective companies must appear at the CENCOEX fall within the period between July and October 2014. For more details, please refer to the section on Currency and Payments, which has been equipped with information on said control measure.

    New Requirements for Using SICAD II

    Since March 2014, importers have the possibility to obtain foreign exchange through the new system SICAD II ("Sistema Cambiario Alternativo de Divisas"), which was implemented in addition to SICAD I. On 23 July 2014, the Central Bank of Venezuela published a Circular stipulating new requirements to be fulfilled for the purchase of foreign exchange via SICAD II. Inter alia, the minimum amount to be bought has been fixed at 1,000 USD. Therefore, the section on Currency and Payments has been enhanced with information on the new requirements.

    Contract on the Correct Use of Foreign Exchange

    As a new procedure introduced by the CENCOEX, importers must submit a contract in which they commit themselves to use the allocated foreign currency in accordance with the intended use. Therefore, a new document entitled Contract on the Correct Use of Foreign Exchange has been incorporated into this import report. Please see the mentioned document for further details.

    Exchange Rate of the Tax Unit

    In Venezuela, fees are sometimes stipulated in tax units. As the exchange rate of one tax unit has been augmented from 107 VEF to 127 VEF, the section on Currency and Payments has been adapted accordingly.

    Registration with SIDUNEA

    The document entitled Registration with SIDUNEA has been updated with regard to the application details and to the form displayed therein. Please turn to the quoted document for the incurred changes.


    Further changes have been made with regard to various aspects in different documents. For example, information on the processing time and fee have been added to the document entitled Binding Tariff Information (BTI).
    Moreover, the document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been equipped with information on a statement which may be required to be made therein.
  • 27-Aug-2014 Dominican Republic Focus: endangered species, registration of a commercial name, pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products, domestic and industrial hygiene products.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Endangered Species

    For the importation of endangered species of fauna and flora subject to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an export certificate issued in the exporting country is usually required in addition to the import permit. The document entitled Permit to Import Goods Subject to CITES has therefore been furnished with a sample of a CITES export certificate from the European Union (EU).

    Registration of a Commercial Name

    In order for companies to establish themselves in the Dominican Republic and to register with the Chamber of Commerce and Production, the commercial name of the company must first be registered with the National Office of Industrial Property (ONAPI). For this purpose, the document entitled Registration of a Commercial Name has now been added to the set of documents of this report.

    Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetic Products

    The document entitled Registration of Pharmaceutical Establishments, which is required for the registration of establishments carrying out activities with health-related products (i.e. drugs, cosmetic and sanitary products, medical devices, etc.) with the General Directorate of Drugs and Pharmacies under the Ministry of Public Health, has been furnished with an updated application form. As stipulated by said authority, the goods intended for trade are also subject to respective registrations and require a technical information sheet on the products for this purpose. To this effect, the documents entitled Registration of Pharmaceuticals and Natural Products and Official Technical Sheet for Pharmaceutical, Natural and Sanitary Products have been amended accordingly. Moreover, the following documents have been added to the set of documents of this report:

    Registration of Cosmetic and Hygienic Products
    Registration of Sanitary Products
    Official Technical Sheet for Cosmetic and Personal Hygienic Products.

    Domestic and Industrial Hygienic Products

    Imports of cleaning agents for the household or for industrial purposes are also subject to a Registration of Cosmetic and Hygienic Products with the General Directorate of Drugs and Pharmacies under the Ministry of Public Health. The Official Technical Sheet for Domestic and Industrial Hygienic Products, which is required to be enclosed for the registration, has now been incorporated into the report.
  • 27-Aug-2014 Turkey Amendments to the internal taxation.