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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

  • 21-Oct-2014 Services: Restrictions for financial services
  • 21-Oct-2014 Sudan Amendments as regards sanctions in international trade with Sudan, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and used goods have been brought to the import documentation for Sudan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Sanctions in International Trade with Sudan

    Recently, the applicable EU Sanctions concerning the provision of economic resources and financial assets to certain persons, entities or organisations in Sudan have been modified. Please turn to the quoted chapter for additional details.
    Moreover, this new section contains information regarding the import prohibition of goods manufactured in and/or imported from Israel.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    If genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are contained in commodities of agricultural or forestal origin, import measures may deviate from the procedures depicted in the corresponding paragraphs of this overview or are to be followed additionally. Consequently, a chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) describing the relevant provisions has been added to this overview. Please turn to said section for further details.

    Used Goods

    Second-hand commodities may be subject to different measures in comparison with goods imported in new condition. Please turn to the newly incorporated chapter on Used Goods below for more information.
  • 21-Oct-2014 Bermuda Focus: clean sea shells, Plant Protection Laboratory (PPL), importation of prescription drugs and controlled drugs.
    The import documentation for Bermuda has been amended with regard to various details. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Clean Sea Shells

    The section on Animals and Animal Products has been enhanced with information on the importation of clean sea shells. Please turn there for particulars.

    Plant Protection Laboratory (PPL)

    The contact details of the Plant Protection Laboratory (PPL), which oversees the importation of plants and plant products to Bermuda, have been included in the section on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Importation of Drugs

    Documents on standards of practice which have recently been published by the Bermuda Medical Council and the Pharmacy Council, respectively, include information on the importation of drugs, in particular on the registration requirements for importers. The respective section on Drugs in this overview has been amplified accordingly. Moreover, further details of the importation of controlled drugs in accordance with international conventions have been added to said chapter.