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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.


Importing into the EU?


Do you wish to export outside of the European Union?

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Latest updates

  • 30-Jul-2014 Taiwan Focus: Advance Tariff Ruling, standardisation, trade agreement, application forms.
    The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Advance Ruling

    In order to depict the application procedure for obtaining an advance ruling on the tariff classification of goods to be imported (please refer also to the section on Customs Regulations of this overview), the following document has been newly incorporated into this report:

    Advance Tariff Ruling.


    A new section on Standardisation has been created in this overview and the following document has been added to the set of documents of this report to describe the mandatory standard requirements which are enforced in Taiwan for a designated range of products:

    Certification of Inspection by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI).

    In addition, the document entitled Declaration of Conformity has been blue-pencilled accordingly, inter alia by substituting the attached form for the current version.

    Trade Agreement

    The Agreement between Singapore and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Partnership (ASTEP) came into force earlier this year, after both parties had completed their respective legal and administrative procedures to this effect. The section on Free Trade Agreements has been amended accordingly.


    Further changes have been made with regard to various aspects in different documents. For example, the application forms attached to the following documents have been exchanged for their current versions:

    Import Licence for Foodstuffs in Capsule or Tablet Form
    Import Licence for Special Dietary Food.
  • 30-Jul-2014 Kuwait Amendments as regards customs valuation, free trade zones and news concerning free trade agreements and companies and investment laws have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    The paragraph on the assessment of the correct Customs Value in this overview has been enhanced to contain alternative methods of customs valuation in accordance with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994. Please turn there for further information.

    Free Trade Zones

    The previously existing Kuwait Free Trade Zone (KFTZ) in the port of Ash Shuwaykh is no longer operable due to legal differences of the operator with the Kuwaiti authorities. This overview has been adjusted to this effect.


    In the following News chapter, information with regard to recently amended Kuwaiti laws and free trade agreements (FTAs) which recently came into effect or which are foreseen for the future has been provided.
  • 30-Jul-2014 Ukraine Amendments to the internal taxation.