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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

  • 22-May-2015 Nigeria Focus: plants and plant products, free trade zones and packaging, marking and labelling requirements.
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    The chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been enhanced with information on the registration of new plant varieties, the registration of importers of plants and pest risk analysis (PRA). A PRA is to be conducted on plants, plant products or other regulated articles by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), i.e. the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), if the risk associated with their importation is unknown, if the goods are to be imported for a new intended use or if the phytosanitary legislation of the country of export has undergone changes. For more details, please consult the section in question.

    Free Trade Zones

    The section on Free Trade Zones has been augmented by adding several free trade zones. Nigeria has set up these zones in order to provide an internationally competitive export environment by granting companies which carry out activities in these free trade zones various benefits. Further details may be found in the quoted chapter.

    Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements

    New information has been added to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. Moreover, the chapter has been newly structured, inter alia by means of subheadings. Please turn there for particulars.
  • 22-May-2015 Costa Rica Focus: importation of seeds, animals, pesticides and contact details.
    The import documentation for Costa Rica has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:


    A sample of an issued certificate of the Variety Registration of Seeds has been included in the quoted document. Furthermore, a Quality Certificate for Seeds has been added to the import documentation for Costa Rica. Please see the mentioned documents for more information.


    A report of possible entry of animals has been added to the document entitled Permit to Import Live Animals.


    A new document entitled Registration of Pesticides for Domestic and Industrial Use has been included in this import report.

    Contact details

    The contact details of the National Phytosanitary Service (SFE) and the National Service of Animal Health (SENASA), both assigned to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandy (MAG), have been updated. Further particulars may be found in the quoted document.
  • 22-May-2015 Tunisia Nomenclature changes. Changes of tariff rates. Amendments to the internal taxation.


  • SPS - Export of meat and cheese to Japan getting easier
    By the end of 2014, Japan changed its standard for Listeria monocytogenes. The Japanese requirement now reflects the current international standard applied also in the EU. The decision will make the €1 billion-worth European exports of processed meat and cheese to Japan much easier.
    16 Feb 2015
  • Improved access to Korea for EU certified organic products
    The EU and South Korea agreed on an equivalence arrangement for the import of EU certified organic products. The agreement entered into force on 1 February 2015.
    09 Feb 2015
  • China SPS Chocolate standards
    China adapted its requirement on a maximum level of copper in chocolate. The Chinese follow now the international standard on that matter, which is also applied in the EU. The decision ends uncertainty and unnecessary trade disruptions for European exports of chocolate and chocolate products to China - business worth € 120 million a year.
    22 Jan 2015