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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

  • 02-May-2016 Iran Amendments as regards embargo measures, Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Iran.
    The following changes have been made:

    Embargo Measures

    The lists of natural and legal persons against whom EU embargo measures apply are regularly adjusted, e.g. by virtue of Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/603 of 18 April 2016 amending Regulation (EU) No 267/2012 concerning restrictive measures against Iran. Details of applicable measures may be viewed in the chapter on Sanctions below.
    Attention is also drawn to the following Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) section detailing the measures and timelines.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    For reasons of clarity, the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been newly added to this overview. In principle, all shipments exported to Iran which exceed a value of 20,000 USD are subject to PSI. In addition, conformity verification programmes exist for a defined range of goods. Information thereon may be found in the section on Standards and Conformity below.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview has been blue-pencilled and amplified with information on export credit guarantees, the financing of trade with Iran and the handling of payments. Please turn to the quoted section for additional details.
  • 02-May-2016 Cuba Amendments as regards motor vehicles, labelling requirements for medicines and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cuba. The following changes have been made:

    Motor Vehicles

    A section on Motor Vehicles has been newly added to this overview. For details, please see the aforementioned chapter.

    Labelling Requirements for Medicines

    The information to be presented on the packagings of medicines for human use has been included into the relevant section on Labelling Requirements in this overview; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For news on cooperation between Cuba and the European Union (EU), please refer to the following chapter.
  • 02-May-2016 Trinidad and Tobago
    Changes of tariff rates


    The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, on behalf of the EU Commission (DG Trade), is launching a second survey of EU entities with an interest in the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries.
    15 Mar 2016
  • European and Latin American Business Services and Innovation Network
    ELAN Network is organising a technical mission in Brussels from 7th – 10th March 2016. ELAN Network, coordinated by TECNALIA, is the European and Latin American network for the co-generation and development of technology-based business opportunities between European and Latin American SMEs in especial. It brings together key European and Latin American research and innovation actors, who promote technology based transformation processes and economic growth. The mission will promote networking, sharing experiences and ultimately generating concrete partnerships between the European and Latin American Innovation Ecosystems, establishing the basis for the next two years actions in co-generation and opportunity development of technology-based business opportunities. Interested companies and business / research organisations are encouraged to participate (see attached registration and programme).
    19 Feb 2016
  • SPS Flashnote - Ukraine abolishes the quarantine import permit
    The EU welcomes the recent developments made by Ukraine abolishing the requirement of the quarantine import permit for the import or transit of each consignment of regulated plants and plant products. This trade-facilitating measure addresses a long-standing concern of the EU and follows closely the entry into force (1st January 2016) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
    19 Feb 2016