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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 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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  • 06-Apr-2020 United States of America Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States of America.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The product codes assigned to the documents listed below, i.e. the scope of goods to which such measures apply, have been revised in accordance with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) of 2020:

    Declaration of Motor Vehicle Standards
    Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code
    Notice of FDA Action
    Prior Notice of Food Imports
    Registration as Importer of Motor Vehicles
    Registration of Food Facility.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the same-named paragraph, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 06-Apr-2020 Saudi Arabia Focus: Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC), Anaam Gate, energy drinks, pesticides as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC)

    The sample forms for a request for informations contained in the documents entitled Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC) and Shipment Certificate have been replaced for more recent versions. Please consult the quoted documents for more specifics.

    Anaam Gate

    Importers of live animals, animal products and veterinary medicines may submit the relevant documents online via the so called Anaam Gate of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. A prior Registration as a User of the Anaam Gate is required. Please refer to the quoted document, which has been newly incorporated into this report, as well as to the section on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview for particulars.

    Energy Drinks

    A new document entitled Registration of Energy Drinks has been added to the set of documents for Saudi Arabia. Please turn to the quoted document for additional information on the importation of energy drinks.


    Pesticides intended for domestic use in Saudi Arabia must be approved by the Saudi Food and Drug Agency (SFDA). For greater clarification on this matter, new application forms have been added to the documents entitled Permit to Import Pesticides and Registration of Pesticides. Please refer thereto as well as to the chapter on Agricultural Chemicals below for further details.
  • 06-Apr-2020 Peru Amendments as regards waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:


    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. Peru already accepted the Amendment in 2015. For further information on this matter, please refer to the section on Waste below.

    Other Changes

    The chapter on News below has been updated with trade-related news.