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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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Do you wish to export outside of the European Union?

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Latest updates

  • 01-Oct-2014 United States of America Amendments as regards a mutual recognition agreement, contact details of the Biosafety Clearing House as well as various legal changes and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Mutual Recognition Agreement

    As the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) with the Israel Tax Authority as regards their respective programmes for authorised economic operators, the section on Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism in this overview has been modified accordingly.

    Biosafety Clearing House

    The section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below has been augmented with the address details of the national Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) in the United States. Please turn there for particulars.


    The section on Motor Vehicles and Nonroad Engines has been enhanced with an age-related exemption from the otherwise prescribed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

    Current trade-related issues are moreover described in the News section below.
  • 01-Oct-2014 Saudi Arabia Focus: pre-export verification of conformity, additional requirements for high-risk goods, energy efficiency labelling, trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity

    The following procedures have been blue-pencilled, adapted to new regulations, including a new fee structure, and equipped with current versions of their sample application forms:

    Verification of Conformity
    Registration for Product Conformity.

    Furthermore, a distinct document has been included into this report in order to depict its mandatory enclosure for customs clearance following the abovementioned conformity assessment procedures:

    Certificate of Conformity (CoC).

    Please refer also to the section on Standardisation in this overview for further details of the verification procedures.

    Additional Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) Requirements for High-Risk Goods

    In the framework of the conformity verification described above, designated products which are considered as posing a high risk to the consumer must meet additional requirements when inspected for the issue of a CoC. The procedural description of this Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been added to the set of documents of this report. For detailed information, the quoted document may be viewed.
    In this respect, the paragraph on Machinery and Equipment other than Vehicles has moreover been amplified with voltage and frequency range requirements as well as stipulations for electrical plugs.

    Energy Efficiency Labelling

    A number of household consumer goods, i.e. air conditioners, cooling and freezing apparatuses as well as washing machines, must conform to mandatory energy efficiency labelling requirements. The section on Marking, Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been amplified to this effect.


    Information regarding recent developments in trade-related issues may be found the following News chapter.
  • 01-Oct-2014 Peru Amendments as regards cosmetics, labelling requirements for sanitary products and contact details of the Supervisory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining (OSINERGMIN) have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:


    The import of and dealing in cosmetics on the territory of Peru are subject to certain measures; amongst others, a notification and registration procedure apply to sanitary products. In order to give a summary thereon, the chapter on Cosmetics has been newly created in this overview. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Labelling requirements for sanitary products

    The section entitled Labelling Requirements has been amplified with specific requirements for the labels of sanitary products.

    Other changes

    The contact details of the Supervisory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining (OSINERGMIN) have been updated. For particular details, turn to the corresponding section on Motor Vehicles and Combustibles.