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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

  • 28-Aug-2015 Venezuela Amendments as regards the Advance Declaration of Information, the Payment Ticket, the importation of seeds, the product registration of certain agricultural commodities, the import permits from the Ministry of Public Power for Agriculture and Land (MPPAT) and other changes have been brought to the import documentation for Venezuela. The following changes have been made:

    Advance Declaration of Information

    The document Advance Declaration of Information has been newly added to this import report. It describes the declaration which is to be submitted by the customs agent in order to provide the customs office of entry with prior information on the commodities, as stipulated by the reform of the Venezuelan Customs Law which entered into force on 19 January 2015.

    Payment Ticket

    The form attached to the document entitled Payment Ticket has been exchanged for the version which is currently in use.


    Two new documents related to the importation of seeds into Venezuela have been created. Please turn to the documents entitled Registration of Importers of Seeds and Variety Registration of Seeds and to the updated section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Registration of Agricultural Products

    The scope of commodities which require a product registration at the National Institute of Integral Agricultural Health (INSAI) of the Ministry of Public Power for Agriculture and Land (MPPAT) has been reviewed and amended. Moreover, the documents to be enclosed with the application for registration have been updated and adapted to the requirements for different product types. Further details may be found in the document entitled Registration of Agricultural Products.

    Import Permits from the Ministry of Public Power for Agriculture and Land (MPPAT)

    The assignment of commodity codes to the import permits which are to be applied for at the INSAI or the Socialistic Institute for Fishery and Aquaculture (INSOPESCA), both assigned to the MPPAT, has been reviewed and adapted to the current legal stipulations. This amendment concerns tariff codes in the field of plants and plant products, pesticides, animals and animal products (including fish) as well as products for animal consumption.


    Further documents have been enhanced with regard to various details, e.g. the Declaration of Customs Value has been augmented by the threshold value of the goods above which this document is required.
    Moreover, the exchange rate of one tax unit presented in the chapter on Currency and Payments has been updated.
    Furthermore, the contact details of the INSOPESCA assigned to the MPPAT have been updated in the corresponding documents and the processing fee has moreover been added to the document entitled Import Permit for Hydrobiological Resources and Fish and Aquaculture Products.
  • 28-Aug-2015 Dominican Republic Focus: plants and plant products, pesticides, pyrotechnic products and news regarding the General Customs Law.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    The document entitled Phytosanitary Inspection, which is required for the actual entry of all plants and plant products to be imported in the Dominican Republic, has been added to the set of documents of this report. Furthermore, the following documents have been enhanced with details regarding additional requirements for certain products to be imported:

    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Phytosanitary No-Objection Certificate.

    Amongst other things, a remark has been added regarding the requirement of a pest risk analysis (PRA) for plant products to be newly imported, for which import conditions have priorly not been defined. Further information on PRA may also be consulted in the corresponding chapter in this overview.


    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides has been amended with regard to the contact details of the competent division under the Department of Plant Health as well as additional information to be provided in the letter of request and the documents to be enclosed. The importation of pesticides requires an additional approval from said authority. In order to provide details of the procedure, the document entitled Import Certificate for Pesticides has been incorporated into the report. Please turn thereto as well as to the section on Pesticides and Fertilisers for further information.

    Pyrotechnic Products

    For the importation of pyrotechnic products, i.e. explosives, fireworks and other pyrotechnical articles, a permit is required from the Department for Control and Regulation of Pyrotechnic Products under the Ministry of Interior and Police. To provide details of the application procedure, the document entitled Permit to Import Pyrotechnic Products has been added to the set of documents. For specifics, please refer to the quoted document and to the paragraph on Arms, Explosives and Pyrotechnic Products below.

    Other Changes

    For News regarding the amendment of the General Customs Law, please turn to the section below.
  • 28-Aug-2015 Senegal Amendments to the internal taxation.


  • New information on the Rules of Origin at tariff line level in the MADB
    The MADB was recently enhanced with new information concerning the ‘Rules of Origin’ applicable to a product in order to benefit from preferential treatment in case there is a trade agreement between the EU and a partner country. The information is displayed in the “Tariffs” section of the MADB after introducing a 4-digit or 6-digit HS product code or a description of goods.
    18 Aug 2015
  • 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