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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

  • 24-Apr-2014 Montenegro Focus: classification of goods, binding information, plants and plant products, trade mark registration, declaration of conformity.
    The import documentation for Serbia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the current Montenegrin customs tariff for 2014 and the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods (HS Codes) related to the import procedures in Montenegro has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention has been given to goods which are subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) as well animals and animal products which are subject to veterinary control. For more information on the Montenegro customs tariff, please refer to the sections Note and Harmonized System below.

    Binding Information

    If traders wish to obtain binding confirmation regarding the relevant tariff codes or origin for goods to be imported, they are required to submit a written request to the Customs Administration. The document entitled Binding Information has now been incorporated into the report with details of the procedure. Further information may also be found in the corresponding chapter below.

    Plants and Plant Products

    Consignments of plants, plant products and objects under surveillance must be notified to the Phytosanitary Directorate at least 24 hours prior to the intended importation in order to undergo an inspection upon arrival at the border point of entry. The successful fulfilment of requirements is mandatory for the actual permission into the country. Furthermore, importers must be registered with said authority in order to qualify for the permit. The following documents have now been incorporated into the report with respective application forms in order to provide more information on the procedures:

    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products.

    Trade Mark Registration

    The trade marks of all goods and services which are sought to be protected are subject to the Trade Mark Registration with the Intellectual Property Office of Montenegro in accordance with the Law on Trade Marks (Official Gazette CG, 44/2012). Please refer to the quoted document and to the section on Registration in this overview for more information on the procedure to register trade marks.

    Declaration of Conformity

    A wide range of products must conform to the national standards in order to be permitted for importation into Montenegro. As Montenegro also accepts the European conformity standards, importers from the EU may accordingly submit a Declaration of Conformity in order to prove conformity. The aforesaid document has now been added to the set of documents of this report. Please turn thereto for further details. More information may also be found in the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.
  • 24-Apr-2014 Jordan Amendments with regard to protected animal and plant species, narcotic and psychotropic drugs and cultural property have been brought to the import documentation for Jordan. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Protected Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

    Jordan is a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and requires a Permit to Import Endangered Species of Wild Animals or Plants and Products Thereof for the entry of commodities falling under the CITES into the country. The quoted document and the newly incorporated section on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in this overview provide more information on the subject matter.

    Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs

    As a party to the major international drug control treaties (having ratified, amongst others, the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, also referred to as Vienna Convention) Jordan applies procedures in line with the stipulations of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). Applicable measures are contained in the paragraph on Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursor Chemicals, which has been newly added to this overview for reasons of clarity. The classification of the corresponding import procedure, i.e. the alignment of HS Codes to the document entitled Permit to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, has furthermore been enhanced with additional substances and products as stipulated by the INCB.

    Cultural Property

    The new chapter on Cultural Property below reflects Jordan's membership in the respective UNESCO convention on such goods, including the responsible authority for their transboundary movement.
  • 24-Apr-2014 Japan Amendments to the internal taxation.