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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.

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  • 07-Jul-2020 Senegal Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Senegal. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Senegal is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further information, please refer to the paragraph on Waste below.

    Important Information with Regard to the Corona Crisis/COVID-19

    Due to the corona crisis, countries all over the world are introducing measures which may also affect import and export procedures. Such measures include, inter alia:

    closures of border crossing points and thus restrictions regarding customs clearance
    restraints to means of transportation
    export restrictions as regards certain goods such as medical protective equipment
    facilitations concerning the importation or admission of products intended to fight the corona crisis
    financial alleviation for companies, e.g. the deferment of payment of certain duties or charges
    weakening of certain formal legal requirements such as the acceptance of duplicates or digital copies of certificates of origin or movement certificates or the waiver of the requirement of a signature.

    In light of the dynamic development of the pandemic, countries may decide on short-term changes at any given time. Therefore, economic operators are urged to make arrangements with the parties involved in import or export matters thoroughly and in advance.
  • 07-Jul-2020 North Macedonia Focus: veterinary entry documents, Health Entry Document for Feed and Food, North Macedonia's ratification of the Minamata Convention, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for North Macedonia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Entry Documents

    As the corresponding legislation of the European Union (EU) has recently been modified, the English sample forms based on said EU legislation have been replaced by their current versions in the following documents:

    Veterinary Entry Document for Live Animals
    Veterinary Entry Document for Animal Products.

    For specifics, please turn to the mentioned documents.

    Health Entry Document for Feed and Food

    Based on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the EU, North Macedonia developed its own national RASFF, i.e. the so-called RASFF Macedonia. In the framework of border inspections, designated foodstuffs and animal feed are regularly defined as bearing a higher risk and are therefore subject to a Health Entry Document for Feed and Food. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for particulars.

    North Macedonia's Ratification of the Minamata Convention

    As North Macedonia recently ratified the Minamata Convention, the section on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Substances in this overview has been adjusted accordingly; please refer thereto for additional information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 07-Jul-2020 Bahrain Amendments as regards standardisation, used goods, contact details, as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bahrain. The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    The Bahrain Standards and Metrology Directorate (BSMD), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Bahrain, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the chapter on Standardisation below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Used Goods

    The section on Used Goods has been amended with information on the import prohibition of used and refurbished medical devices. Please refer to said paragraph for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ports and Maritime Affairs Department under the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications have been amended throughout this overview.