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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:

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  • 20-Jun-2018 Tunisia Amendments as regards Preliminary Monitoring, agricultural chemicals, measuring instruments, bank restrictions and further currency provisions as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tunisia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Preliminary Monitoring

    The scope of commodities subject to Preliminary Monitoring has been amended in accordance with a Notice of the Ministry of Commerce published in the Official Journal of the Tunisian Republic (Journal Officiel de la République Tunisienne - JORT) No. 30 of 9 March 2018, thereby replacing the former Notice issued in the JORT No. 33 of 25 April 2017. The classification of the goods pertaining to the quoted document has therefore been updated so as to newly comprise motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons, besides other types of motor vehicles. For procedural information on the monitoring requirement, the abovementioned document and the section on Import Regulations below may be consulted.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    For reasons of clarity, a new chapter on Agricultural Chemicals, i.e. fertilisers and pesticides, has been added to this overview. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Measuring Instruments

    By virtue of a Ministerial Decree of 6 April 2018 (Arrêté du Ministre du Commerce du 6 avril 2018 fixant la liste des instruments de mesure soumis au contrôle métrologique légal à l'importation), tachographs have been added to the devices requiring a mandatory quality and technical control upon their entry into the Tunisian customs territory. The scope of goods pertaining to the document entitled Information Card for the Import of Measuring Instruments has been adjusted accordingly. For more information, please refer to the quoted document.

    Bank Restrictions and Further Currency Provisions

    The Central Bank of Tunisia (Banque Centrale de la Tunisie - BCT), which had advised banks in Tunisia to restrict the opening of letters of credit (L/Cs) for the importation of consumer goods which are considered non-essential (so-called non-priority commodities) already in late 2017, has published an amended list by virtue of a Circular dating 1 March 2018. Said list details the concerned products, e.g. designated foodstuffs and drinks as well as particular cosmetics and specific textiles, amongst others. Henceforth, banks are not allowed to open an L/C for these goods anymore unless the importer provides securities from his own funds for the total value of the products to be imported. The chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview has been updated with information on the new Circular, also with regard to possible exemptions. The quoted paragraph has moreover been blue-pencilled and enhanced, e.g., with the contact information of the BCT and may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 20-Jun-2018 Guatemala Focus: aircraft, live animals and foodstuffs.
    The import documentation for Guatemala has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:


    Aircraft to be imported into and registered in Guatemala require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which is to be obtained from the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics. The mentioned document has therefore been added to this import report. For more details, the quoted document may be consulted.

    Live Animals

    The document entitled Sanitary Import Authorisation for Live Animals has been amended with regard to the current application form. Please refer to the aforementioned document for particulars.


    The processing time and the costs for laboratory analysis have been verified and revised in the document entitled Sanitary Registration of Processed Foodstuffs, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 20-Jun-2018 Syria
    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