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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

  • 25-Jul-2014 Sudan Focus: hazardous goods, Verification of Conformity (VOC), prohibited imports and contact details.
    The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Hazardous Pesticides and Chemicals

    Sudan is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (also referred to as Rotterdam Convention) and adheres to the prior information principles agreed upon in said Convention. Consequently, a new document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention has been added to the set of documents of this report. A Material Safety Data Sheet may additionally be required for the commodities covered the Convention as well as for similar goods and has therefore been newly incorporated into the report. For further details, please refer to the quoted documents and to the paragraph on Hazardous Goods and Waste in this overview.

    Verification of Conformity (VOC)

    The document entitled Verification of Conformity has been completely reviewed, adjusted to current regulations and equipped with an illustrative sample form. The quoted document and the section on Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VOC) below may be viewed for more information.

    Import Prohibitions

    Please refer to the newly incorporated chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview for information on commodities banned from importation into Sudan.

    Contact Details

    Further documents have been modified as regards the current contact details of the responsible authorities.
  • 25-Jul-2014 Qatar Amendments as regards the connection of official bodies with the electronic customs system, the customs value, motor vehicles, transportation of goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Connection of Official Bodies with the Electronic Customs System

    A list of ministries and other official Qatari agencies which are already connected to the electronic customs system Al Nadeeb, as well as information on the customs offices at which it is already operational has been added to the section on Electronic Government Services below.

    Customs Value

    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.

    Motor Vehicles

    Each year, the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QGOSM) stipulates the vehicle models permissible for importation into the country in second-hand condition. Please refer to the section on Motor Vehicles, Their Spare Parts and Tyres in this overview for detailed information.

    Transportation of Goods

    Information on the mandatory delivery of goods on pallets if shipped to Qatar in containers has been provided in the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview.


    In the following News chapter, information with regard to labour market reforms in Qatar and free trade agreements (FTAs) which recently came into effect or which are foreseen for the future has been provided.
  • 25-Jul-2014 Brazil Changes of tariff rates.