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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:

The UK withdrawal

The United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union and is a third country as of 1 February 2020. During the transition period, which ends on 31 December 2020, Union law, with a few limited exceptions, continues to be applicable to and in the United Kingdom.

The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.

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  • 21-Sep-2020 Paraguay Focus: Registration with the Customs Authorities, Variety Registration of Seeds as well as documents related to the National Institute for Food and Nutrition (INAN).
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the Customs Authorities

    In accordance with the National Customs Directorate Resolution No. 80 of 2020 of 27 January this year, the documents to be enclosed with the application for a Registration with the Customs Authorities have been revised. Moreover, details concerning the supporting documents have been inserted. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Variety Registration of Seeds

    The document entitled Variety Registration of Seeds has been amended with respect to, inter alia, the documents to be enclosed with the application. Furthermore, the mentioned document has been equipped with the current version of the application form. For more information on this matter, please turn to said document.

    Documents Related to the National Institute for Food and Nutrition (INAN)

    The following documents, which are to be applied for at the National Institute for Food and Nutrition (INAN), have been updated as regards the type of submission as well as their respective pertaining processing time and period of validity, as applicable:

    Registration of Foodstuffs and Additives
    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs
    Registration of Packaging Material for Foodstuffs.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for further particulars.
  • 21-Sep-2020 Egypt Amendments as regards the Registration of Dietary Supplements, risk-based analysis of imported foodstuffs, labelling requirements for prepackaged foodstuffs intended for medical and other special dietary uses as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Dietary Supplements

    Recently, the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) published a revised list of reference countries. Special food (e.g. dietary supplements and in particular infant formulae) already having received an approval in said countries may be marketed in Egypt without being subject to additional market access procedures. The document entitled Registration of Dietary Supplements has been adjusted accordingly. For additional details, the quoted document may be viewed.

    Risk-Based Analysis of Imported Foodstuffs

    The inspection of imported foodstuffs is currently under review in order to be brought in line with international food safety rules such as, e.g., the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP). In the framework of the risk analysis, the NFSA introduced mandatory tests on potential pesticide residues for designated foodstuffs, e.g. nuts and fruits, which are being shipped via sea freight. Consequently, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, pertaining to the document entitled Inspection of Agricultural Products, Foodstuffs and Articles Intended to Come into Contact with These has been amended to include said products. During the examination period, which has been announced to take three days at a maximum, shipments are usually temporarily cleared for storage at the importer's premises.

    Labelling Requirements for Prepackaged Foodstuffs Intended for Medical and Other Special Dietary Uses

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mandatory labelling requirements for prepackaged foodstuffs intended for medical and other special dietary uses. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for additional details.
  • 21-Sep-2020 Senegal Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation