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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


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

  • 16-Apr-2014 Bahamas Amendments as regards genetically modified organisms (GMOs), ozone-depleting substances (ODS), as well as news on various trade issues have been brought to the import documentation for the Bahamas.
    The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    Within the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which the Bahamas is party to, the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) provides scientific, technical, environmental and legal information on dealing in genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The contact details of the local branch of the BCH in the Bahamas has been provided in the respective section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The Bahamas is party to various conventions and protocols regarding the importation of diverse commodities. Apart from the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Bahamas is also party to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer as well as the Kyoto Protocol, all of which regulate the international trade of the respective goods. The section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview has been amended to depict the according information. Please refer to the aforementioned chapter for details.

    Other Changes

    For News regarding the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT), price control on duty free items and the first National Standardisation Forum, please turn to the chapter below.
  • 16-Apr-2014 Brunei Focus: binding tariff information, controlled drugs and other poisons, arms and explosives.
    The import documentation for Brunei Darussalam has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

    Binding Tariff Information (BTI) may be applied for at the Royal Customs and Excise Department in cases where the importer or exporter is in doubt about the correct classification, i.e. the proper association with the respective tariff code(s) of the goods intended for importation. The document entitled Binding Tariff Information has accordingly been included in this report.

    Controlled Drugs and Other Poisons

    This overview has been amplified with a new section on Controlled Drugs and Other Poisons. In addition, the related document entitled Licence to Import Controlled Drugs has been newly incorporated into this report. Please see said section and document for more information.

    Arms and Explosives

    The importation of arms and explosives into Brunei Darussalam may only be conducted if duly authorised by the Commissioner of Police. The following documents have thus been added to the set of documents of this report:

    Licence to Import Arms
    Licence to Import Explosives.

    For further particulars, please turn to the quoted documents.
  • 16-Apr-2014 Cuba Nomenclature changes.