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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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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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  • 23-Oct-2020 Zimbabwe Amendments as regards EU Proofs of Preferential Origin, entry points for medicines and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Zimbabwe. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

    In accordance with the stipulations of the Notice to exporters concerning the application of the EU system for registered exporters (REX system) for exports from the EU to Eastern and Southern African States within the framework of the EU-ESA interim Economic Partnership Agreement (2020/C 176/03), as of 1 September 2020, preferential tariff treatment is granted to products originating in the EU exclusively upon submission of invoice declarations made out by exporters registered in the EU's REX system or by any exporter for any consignment whose total value does not exceed 6,000 EUR. Therefore, the document named EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been adjusted accordingly. Please turn to said document for additional details.

    Entry Points For Medicines

    In accordance with the Guidelines on the Import and Export of Registered Medicines of the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), medicines are required to be imported into the country via designated entry points. Hence, the chapter on Pharmaceuticals in this overview has been amended to this respect. For further information on this matter, please see the quoted section.
  • 23-Oct-2020 Taiwan Amendments as regards free trade zones (FTZs) and warehousing, importation of vessels and ships, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Taiwan. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs) and Warehousing

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the chapters on Free Trade Zones (FTZs) as well as on Warehousing, respectively, have been newly created in this overview. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted paragraphs.

    Importation of Vessels and Ships

    Details of the requirement for an import approval from the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) for vessels and ships have been added to the section on Means of Transportation and Parts Thereof below, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with regard to the labelling requirements for toxic and hazardous chemical substances. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for details of this matter.
  • 23-Oct-2020 Turkey Focus: Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin, Pre-Notification Form for Plant Protection Products and Raw Materials Used in Plant Protection, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and other changes.
    The import documentation for Turkey has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin

    It has been reported that the Turkish customs authorities increasingly require importers to submit a Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin. For more information on the currently valid regulations, the mentioned document may be consulted.

    Pre-Notification Form for Plant Protection Products and Raw Materials Used in Plant Protection

    The document entitled Pre-Notification Form for Plant Protection Products and Raw Materials Used in Plant Protection has been added to the set of documents of this report. For specifics, the cited document may be referred to.

    International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

    As Turkey is a member of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), for species coming under the ICCAT convention, i.e. tuna and tuna-like species such as bluefin and bigeye tuna as well as swordfish, an ICCAT Statistical Document is required. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this import report and may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents have been updated in respect of various details, e.g. procedural fees and address details.