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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.


Country trade information
      • Trade picture of non-EU countries, trade relations with the EU, statistics.


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Latest updates

  • 26-Jun-2017 Nicaragua Focus: live animals, type approval for telecommunications equipment and procedural details.
    The import documentation for Nicaragua has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Live Animals

    In accordance with Administrative Resolution No. 031-2016, importers of one-day-old chicks and hatching eggs must obtain a preliminary permit from the Institute for Agricultural Protection and Health (IPSA) to introduce the products in question. In order to display this import procedure, a new document entitled Permit to Import One-Day-Old Chicks and Hatching Eggs has been added to the set of documents of this import documentation. For more information, please refer thereto.

    Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment

    As a homologation procedure is required for the importation of telecommunications equipment, registered importers are to present a Type Approval Certificate for Telecommunications Equipment. This document has been newly created for this report and may be viewed for particulars.
    In addition, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Telecommunications Equipment has been updated with regard to the processing fee payable for the procedure. For more details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents of this report have been updated with regard to the website address provided for the electronic submission of the respective documents:

    Registration of Importers of Animals and Animal Products
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products.

    Importers of seeds who are at the same time entitled to distribute the goods in question must pay a higher processing fee for their registrations. This procedural detail has been added to the document entitled Registration of Importers of Seeds.
  • 26-Jun-2017 China Amendments as regards the labelling of infant formula and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the P.R. of China. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling of Infant Formula

    Additional information on the labelling of infant formula has been included in the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements of this import report. Please see said section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 23-Jun-2017 Mauritius Focus: No-Objection Certificate for Onions and Potatoes, Permit to Import Explosives, electronic payment, Import Permit for Controlled Goods as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mauritius has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    No-Objection Certificate for Onions and Potatoes

    The application form which must be submitted in order to be allocated a quota for the importation of onions or potatoes into Mauritius has been exchanged for a recent version. Further details may be obtained from the document entitled No-Objection Certificate for Onions and Potatoes.

    Permit to Import Explosives

    Among other requirements that must be met, the importation of explosives into Mauritius is subject to an import permit. Therefore, a new document entitled Permit to Import Explosives has been added to the set of documents pertaining to this import report. Please turn thereto and to the section on Arms and Explosives in this overview for particulars.

    Electronic Payment

    The chapter on Currency and Payments below has been updated with recently published information by the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) concerning the payment of customs duties and taxes. More information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Import Permit for Controlled Goods

    The scope of goods pertaining to the document entitled Import Permit for Controlled Goods has been updated with regard to the recent corresponding regulations. The mentioned document may be viewed for more details of the respective measure.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.