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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.


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Latest updates

  • 27-Mar-2015 Guyana Amendments as regards the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), packaging and labelling requirements for a number of products, and news regarding various trade-related matters have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. The following changes have been made:

    CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME)

    Along with twelve other states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Guyana is a member of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), which intends to create one large market among the participating member states and to enable, amongst others, free movement of goods, persons, skills and capital, free trade in services and the right to establishment. General information on the CSME has been added to the section on Preferential Treatment below.

    Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), also referred to as Washington Convention, became enforced in Guyana in 1977. Imports and exports of species and products thereof coming under the Convention are regulated by the Guyana Wildlife Division working under the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. A new chapter on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Subject to CITES has been incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for further information.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with information regarding the requirement of wood packaging material (WPM) to be marked in accordance with the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15, as stipulated by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).
    Furthermore, details of the requirement to label goods with a weight or measurement according to fixed measurement standards, e.g. packages containing alcohol and other liquids, have also been added.
    A remark has also been made regarding the requirement for brochures or instruction manuals accompanying a product to be in the English language. For further details, please turn to the chapter stated above.

    Other Changes

    For News regarding CARICOM customs harmonisation, recently adopted regional standards and the development of a regional integrated online company registry, please turn to the section below.
  • 27-Mar-2015 Gabon Amendments as regards the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), the Commercial Registration, the customs procedures and formalities, the CITES Import Permit, the Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products, the contact details of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Food Safety and some other issues have been brought to the import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    In February 2015, the inspection agency SGS was appointed by the Gabonese Agency for Standardisation (AGANOR) for the implementation of the Gabonese Programme for Conformity Assessment (PROGEC), also called PVoC, to verify that the products to be imported into Gabon comply with the relevant standards and technical regulations. Consequently, the new chapter on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) is now part of this overview and the document Certificate of Conformity for PVoC has been added to this import report.

    Commercial Registration

    The Commercial Registration procedure for business entities to obtain status to operate in Gabon has been amended. It now consists of three successive steps, namely the registration in the trade register, the fiscal registration and the application for a commercial card. This new procedure is illustrated in the chapter on Registration below as well as in the document Commercial Registration.

    Customs Procedures and Formalities

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Formalities has been updated and, hence, reworded. Further details may be found in the quoted section.

    CITES Import Permit

    The sample of an export permit application form, which is necessary when applying for a CITES Import Permit, has been replaced by its current version.

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products

    The sample of a Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been exchanged for a form which is used for the exportation from a European Union Member State to Gabon.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Food Safety have been checked and updated.

    Other Amendments

    The processing time of the customs clearance has been added to the document entitled Customs Release Certificate.

    Moreover, the list of documents to be enclosed which are necessary for Customs Registration has been examined and completed.
  • 27-Mar-2015 Cameroon Amendments to the internal taxation.


  • SPS - Export of meat and cheese to Japan getting easier
    By the end of 2014, Japan changed its standard for Listeria monocytogenes. The Japanese requirement now reflects the current international standard applied also in the EU. The decision will make the €1 billion-worth European exports of processed meat and cheese to Japan much easier.
    16 Feb 2015
  • Improved access to Korea for EU certified organic products
    The EU and South Korea agreed on an equivalence arrangement for the import of EU certified organic products. The agreement entered into force on 1 February 2015.
    09 Feb 2015
  • China SPS Chocolate standards
    China adapted its requirement on a maximum level of copper in chocolate. The Chinese follow now the international standard on that matter, which is also applied in the EU. The decision ends uncertainty and unnecessary trade disruptions for European exports of chocolate and chocolate products to China - business worth € 120 million a year.
    22 Jan 2015