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  • B2B and Networking opportunities under the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement
    Do you want to learn more about how you can use the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to export your products or services to Europe? Promoting networking and B2B meeting opportunities for attendees. Helping EU companies to find suitable Caribbean business partners/vendors. Visit www.carib-export.com/tic to register
    24 May 2017
  • NAVIGATING NON-TARIFF MEASURES
    INSIGHTS FROM A BUSINESS SURVEY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
    20 Dec 2016
  • Japan Lifts ban on imports of italian beef
    After 15 years, Japan lifted an embargo on Italian beef, following an earlier opening of its market to beef products from other EU Member States (France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and Sweden).
    24 May 2016
  • EU obtains removal of import restrictions for spirits in Taiwan
    As of 1st May 2016, Taiwan lifted measures restricting imports of European spirits that hindered trade in the last five years. A certificate requiring a proof that Cognac does not contain plasticisers is no more required.
    24 May 2016
  • Japan lifts ban on imports of italian beef
    After 15 years, Japan lifted an embargo on Italian beef, following an earlier opening of its market to beef products from other EU Member States (France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and Sweden).
    24 May 2016
  • EU obtains removal of import restrictions for spirits in Taiwan
    As of 1st May 2016, Taiwan lifted measures restricting imports of European spirits that hindered trade in the last five years. A certificate requiring a proof that Cognac does not contain plasticisers is no more required.
    24 May 2016
  • China lifts its temporary restrictions on imports of spirits
    Early 2016, after more than three years, China lifted its temporary measure on imports of spirits requiring very low maximum levels of phthalates (plasticizers). These Chinese maximum permitted levels were not based on science and were even lower than the safety maximum levels for phthalates set by China's own risk assessment and thus were an unjustified barrier to trade for EU's exports of spirits to China.
    20 May 2016
  • China lifts its temporary restrictions on imports of spirits
    Early 2016, after more than three years, China lifted its temporary measure on imports of spirits requiring very low maximum levels of phthalates (plasticizers). These Chinese maximum permitted levels were not based on science and were even lower than the safety maximum levels for phthalates set by China's own risk assessment and thus were an unjustified barrier to trade for EU's exports of spirits to China.
    20 May 2016
  • IPR IN THIRD COUNTRIES SURVEY 2016
    The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, on behalf of the EU Commission (DG Trade), is launching a second survey of EU entities with an interest in the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries.
    15 Mar 2016
  • European and Latin American Business Services and Innovation Network
    ELAN Network is organising a technical mission in Brussels from 7th – 10th March 2016. ELAN Network, coordinated by TECNALIA, is the European and Latin American network for the co-generation and development of technology-based business opportunities between European and Latin American SMEs in especial. It brings together key European and Latin American research and innovation actors, who promote technology based transformation processes and economic growth. The mission will promote networking, sharing experiences and ultimately generating concrete partnerships between the European and Latin American Innovation Ecosystems, establishing the basis for the next two years actions in co-generation and opportunity development of technology-based business opportunities. Interested companies and business / research organisations are encouraged to participate (see attached registration and programme).
    19 Feb 2016
  • SPS Flashnote - Ukraine abolishes the quarantine import permit
    The EU welcomes the recent developments made by Ukraine abolishing the requirement of the quarantine import permit for the import or transit of each consignment of regulated plants and plant products. This trade-facilitating measure addresses a long-standing concern of the EU and follows closely the entry into force (1st January 2016) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
    19 Feb 2016
  • SPS Flashnote - Ukraine abolishes the quarantine import permit
    The EU welcomes the recent developments made by Ukraine abolishing the requirement of the quarantine import permit for the import or transit of each consignment of regulated plants and plant products. This trade-facilitating measure addresses a long-standing concern of the EU and follows closely the entry into force (1st January 2016) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
    19 Feb 2016
  • SPS Flash Note - Japan lifts the ban on imports of Danish beef
    As from 2 February 2016, Japan lifted its long-term ban on Danish beef based on an alleged risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The decision on products from Denmark follows an earlier opening of the Japanese market to beef products from France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Poland.
    04 Feb 2016
  • SPS Flash Note - Japan lifts the ban on imports of Danish beef
    As from 2 February 2016, Japan lifted its long-term ban on Danish beef based on an alleged risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The decision on products from Denmark follows an earlier opening of the Japanese market to beef products from France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Poland.
    04 Feb 2016
  • Argentina removed long standing trade barriers
    Argentina terminated or reduced the impact of several measures which had a strong negative impact on trade at the end of 2015. These measures included a system of importer declarations for goods, which were found to be incompatible with WTO rules, export taxes, a luxury tax for vehicles and access to foreign currencies. The EU has tackled these barriers with different activities and welcomes the reforms of the administration under the new Argentine President. Argentina is encouraged to liberalise further its trade policy to integrate more into international trade, build confidence among economic operators and attract new investments.
    29 Jan 2016
  • Speech: Food and Agriculture Exports: Working Together for Results
    Speech given by EU Trade Commissioner Malmström at the Conference: Creating shared value through partnership, in Brussels.
    26 Jan 2016
  • EU MARKET ACCESS Flash Note - Ukraine lifts the ban on imports of EU beef and veal.
    Ukraine has lifted the longstanding BSE-related trade restrictions. Exports of bone-in beef and beef from all EU Member States to Ukraine are now allowed as Ukraine has recognised the EU single system of control on BSE and the official sanitary status of EU Member States based on the BSE risk category of the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) for imports. This trade-facilitating measure follows closely the entry into force (1st January 2016) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. The European Commission is looking forward to Ukraine agreeing to the required health certificate, quickly for that real trade can start soon.
    15 Jan 2016
  • New information on the Rules of Origin at tariff line level in the MADB
    The MADB was recently enhanced with new information concerning the ‘Rules of Origin’ applicable to a product in order to benefit from preferential treatment in case there is a trade agreement between the EU and a partner country. The information is displayed in the “Tariffs” section of the MADB after introducing a 4-digit or 6-digit HS product code or a description of goods.
    18 Aug 2015
  • Colombia recognises EUs control system as equivalent for exports of a number of animal/plant products from France, Portugal and Spain.
    Colombia has concluded its approval process for a number of market access applications for exports of animal products by France, Portugal and Spain. Colombia is applying, for the first time acceptance as equivalent of the inspection control system of several EU Member States which will open the door for simplified registration of export establishments. It is implementing an important commitment of the EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). EU exports of agri-food to Colombia are important and valued over €279 million in 2014.
    27 Jul 2015
  • The EU is exporting again poultry and poultry products after some trading partners drop their avian influenza measures
    Several trading partners such as Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South-Africa, The Philippines, Turkey, and Ukraine have recently lifted (or partly lifted) their restrictions on EU poultry from EU Member States which had outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The EU welcomes the lifting of these measures, though country-wide bans should not have been imposed in the first place. The EU had immediately rolled out stringent regionalisation measures for the affected areas which guarantee safe trade from areas that remain free from the disease. The EU welcomes that most trading partners did not impose any country-wide ban on affected EU Member States and thus recognised the EU measures put in place. Country-wide bans are not justified as they are not in line with relevant international standards (the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)) nor with the rules of the World Trade Organisation.
    29 May 2015
  • Singapore recognises EU measures on African Swine Fever and is again importing pork and pork products from Poland
    By the end of May 2015, Singapore will again import pork and pork products from Poland. The EU welcomes this move from Singapore. It gives credit to the stringent and effective EU control measures which have been put in place in EU Member States where African swine fever (ASF) had been found, such as Poland. This important recognition of the EU's regionalisation measures comes more than one year after the first detection of ASF in wild boar close to the border with Belarus and the immediate measures of the EU. The opening is an important signal for the pork sector and for other trading partners.
    29 May 2015
  • CHINA adopted a new food safety law
    On 24 April 2015, China adopted a revised version of its food safety law (FSL) which will be implemented as of 1 October 2015. These changes strengthen Chinese food safety policy and are the first since the originally adopted Food safety Law in 2009.
    29 May 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • South Korea lifts its ban on Italian cheeses
    On 24 December 2014, South Korea lifted its ban on imports of non-pasteurised Italian cheeses, including Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano. The decision will widen possibilities of European cheese exports to South Korea. It is a result of a joint effort by the EU Delegation and the Italian Embassy in Seoul, and the European Commission.
    22 Jan 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
  • South Korea lifts its ban on Italian cheeses
    On 24 December 2014, South Korea lifted its ban on imports of non-pasteurised Italian cheeses, including Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano. The decision will widen possibilities of European cheese exports to South Korea. It is a result of a joint effort by the EU Delegation and the Italian Embassy in Seoul, and the European Commission.
    22 Jan 2015
  • Exports of EU beef to the USA - Statement by Commissioners Andriukaitis, Malmström and Hogan (5.1.2015)
    The Commission welcomed the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement that the US will progressively re-open its market to exports of beef from the European Union, starting with the Republic of Ireland.
    14 Jan 2015
  • Saudi Arabia eliminates inspection fees for establishments exporting meat products and allows imports of beef from animals under 30 months of age
    In October 2014, Saudi Arabia notified a new procedure on accreditation of countries that wish to export meat products to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...
    14 Nov 2014
  • Saudi Arabia eliminates inspection fees for establishments exporting meat products and allows imports of beef from animals under 30 months of age
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    14 Nov 2014
  • Letter from EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht to Canadian Minister for Internaltiona Trade Ed Fast
    EU Trade Commissioner invites his Canadian counterpart to speed up the process for opening the Canadian market to Belgian pears.
    23 Sep 2014
  • Brazil – Medical devices will be authorized faster
    New Resolution provides for simpler and faster import of medical devices in Brazil and solves a long standing trade barrier.
    24 Jul 2014
  • Acceptance of EU veterinary certificates by Moldova
    This decision comes in the context of a process aiming to align the Moldovan requirements with the EU legislation. The recently signed Association Agreement with the Republic of Moldova will bring closer integration of both markets.
    09 Jul 2014
  • Certification requirements related to imports of organic products into South Korea
    Korea granted additional 6 month derogation from the requirements of the Korean Organic Act, thereby allowing EU organic food to continue being imported into Korea.
    14 Feb 2014
  • Current exports from Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia to Algeria
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    31 Jan 2014
  • SPS Newsletter July 2013
    SPS Market Access reports on WTO SPS Committee, EU financing standard setting bodies, the 81th OIE General Session in Paris, and the SPS Market Access Working Group meeting.
    29 Jul 2013
  • EU-Korea FTA User Guide for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Electric Safety Certification
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    18 Jul 2013
  • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
    On 14 June, the Member States gave the European Commission the green light to start trade and investment talks with the United States. The negotiations will aim at removing trade barriers (tariffs, unnecessary regulations, etc.) to make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the EU and the US.
    19 Jun 2013
  • EU calls for input on ‘conflict minerals’
    The European Commission launched a public consultation on so-called 'conflict minerals'. The consultation is open until 26 June 2013 and will be managed by the Commission's Directorate-General for Trade. You can access the consultation on-line.
    27 Mar 2013
  • Business, trade and the WTO
    Follow the link to this WTO Internet Website below in "Links" - Business, trade and the WTO have always been closely connected. The biggest beneficiary of transparent and predictable trade rules and obligations is the private sector. Without business, there would be no trade and no WTO. Business is an important interlocutor for both governments and the WTO. It is actively involved in the multilateral trading system and participates in public activities of the WTO.
    28 Feb 2013
  • Flash Note - Thailand amends its import conditions on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) - Feb 2013
    Since 2001, Thailand applies an import ban on animals and a range of animal products where it considered there was a risk of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The European Commission expressed its concerns on these measures as they were overly trade restrictive going beyond the international standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The EU welcomes the recent notification from Thailand on amended import conditions related to BSE which should now facilitate exports of bovine products from the EU. Therefore, the European Commission strongly welcomes this change and encourages Thailand to bring also other remaining trade disruptive import conditions on animals and animal products in line with international standards.
    26 Feb 2013
  • Thailand amends its import conditions on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathia (BSE)
    The EU welcomes the recent notification from Thailand on amended import conditions related to BSE which should now facilitate exports of bovine products from the EU.
    11 Feb 2013
  • Japan re-opens market to beef from France and the Netherlands
    The European Union welcomes the lifting of the Japanese ban on imports of beef and beef products, as a first step, from two EU Member States, France and the Netherlands, from 1 February 2013.
    04 Feb 2013
  • EU and Singapore agree on landmark trade deal
    EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Singapore's Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang completed final negotiations on a FTA between the EU and Singapore.
    17 Dec 2012
  • SPS Newsletter - July 2012
    SPS Newsletter of DG Trade is issued 3 times per year and covers a number of country and tpic specific SPS market access issues.
    16 Jul 2012
  • MADB updates to reflect tariff dismantling under the EU-South Korea FTA
    The latest dismantling stage of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with South Korea became effective on 1 July 2012. In this connection, import duties for about 2,400 tariff lines have been further reduced.
    01 Jul 2012
  • SPS Newsletter January 2011
    In this issue: WTO SPS activities p.2 WTO SPS-related technical assistance p.3 SPS Market Access Working Groups p.5 Export of plants and plant products p.5 Current issues p.6 Dioxins p.6 Country-specific issues p.7 Customs Union p.7 Ukraine p.8 Brazil p.8 Australia p.8 Malaysia p.9 Philippines p.10 China p.10
    28 Jan 2011