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The Market Access Database (MADB) gives information to companies exporting from the EU about import conditions in third country markets:

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  • 15-Jan-2018 Norway Focus: electronic vessel notifications, modified customs forms and procedures, changed address details of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NoMA) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Norway has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electronic Vessel Notifications

    Masters or agents of vessels intending to call at a Norwegian port must submit prior notifications to the Norwegian Customs, i.e. the General Declaration and the Cargo Declaration. Submission is usually to be effected via the electronic portal SafeSeaNet Norway, which may only be done after a prior Registration with SafeSeaNet Norway. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for additional details. For more information, please turn also to the paragraph on Electronic Declaration Systems below.

    Modified Customs Forms and Procedures

    The declaration or application forms of the following documents have been exchanged for their current versions:

    AEO Approval
    Cargo Declaration
    Declaration of Dutiable Value
    General Declaration.

    Moreover, the document entitled Binding Tariff Information has been enhanced with information on the mandatory submission of requests in electronic form as well as on the period of validity of issued customs opinions. For further details, please turn to the quoted documents. Summaries of all abovementioned procedures may also be obtained from the corresponding sections in this overview, i.e. Customs Procedures and Regulations, Customs Valuation and Binding Tariff Information (BTI).

    Changed Address Details of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NoMA)

    The address information of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NoMA) has been amended in all documents of this report containing procedures which are administered by the NoMA. The document entitled Licence to Import Medicinal Products for Non-Medical Use has furthermore been completely revised and equipped with a current application form, amongst other changes.


    The following News chapter may be viewed for current issues relating to potential future free trade agreements (FTAs) with Norwegian participation.
  • 15-Jan-2018 Congo Democratic Republic of Amendments as regards standardisation, labelling requirements for toothpaste as well as used goods have been brought to the import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    The following changes have been made:


    As the Democratic Republic of the Congo participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been enhanced with information thereon. Please turn to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    Details of the labelling requirements for toothpaste have been added to the paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below. Specifics may be obtained from the mentioned section.

    Used Goods

    The chapter on Used Goods has been newly created to depict, inter alia, information on the importation of used motor vehicles into the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Please turn thereto for further details.
  • 15-Jan-2018 Botswana
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates


  • Taiwan opens market for beef from the Netherlands and Sweden
    Beef from the Netherlands and Sweden will now be allowed on the Taiwanese market. The welcome news was announced on 18 September 2017 by an Executive Order of the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare. The order is effective immediately. The opening of the Taiwanese market is the result of a joint effort of the Member State governments and the European Commission to engage with the Taiwanese government, academia and wider public in a dialogue over several years to explain the EU's comprehensive, multi-layered control systems that meet the highest standards.
    29 Sep 2017
  • Turkey removes long standing export restrictions of copper and aluminium scrap
    On 11 July 2017, Turkey ended long-standing export restrictions of copper and aluminium scrap. This move follows continuous efforts by the European Commission, Member States and European industry with the relevant Turkish authorities to remove these restrictions, in the context of the EU's Market Access Partnership.
    21 Sep 2017
  • Protectionism on the Rise, EU Successful in Countering Barriers
    372 trade barriers in place around the world, 10% increase in 2016
    26 Jun 2017