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Market Access Database: the free online service for your export

Everything you need to know about customs duties, formalities, import conditions, and trade barriers for your goods and Destination 

Are you interested in learning how much the export of your goods will cost to a particular country, what difficulties you will have to surmount, and how the trade of similar goods has been going for others? The EU provides export companies with an efficient online tool for this very purpose called the “Market Access Database” (handily explained in this three-minute introductory video)!

You simply submit your destination country and product code (which you can easily find by entering the product description in the “search” field) in the database and receive the following detailed data for over 100 countries:

  • Import duties and taxes
  • Customs procedures and formalities
  • Statistics: market analysis and product specific trade flows
  • Trade barriers: the main barriers affecting your exports that other exporters have reported to the Commission and an online form to report issues

Although your exports will still need to be handled by a specialist, you at least have the possibility to know what to expect in order to better gauge your costs, prospects for success and eventual difficulties. (We would be pleased to give you a detailed consultation and work on your specific inquiries).

 

We definitely give the EU Commission two thumbs up for this informative and user-friendly online service – especially because it’s also free!

Their slogan sums it up best: “Your key to a better global export experience!“     


 

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TARIC: the EU’s integrated customs tariff database

 

This databank provides EU customs tariff codes and rates for your trade across EU borders as well as daily updates on relevant regulations and restrictions available in 23 languages through the drop-down menu.

 

 

TARIC is a multilingual database regarding EU customs tariffs that gives economic operates an overview of tariff codes and rates as well as relevant information on legislation and all measures to be undertaken when importing into the EU or exporting goods from the EU.

 

TARIC mainly contains the following:

  • Tariff measures (e.g.: third country duty; autonomous suspensions of duties)
  • Agricultural measures (e.g.: representative prices for poultry) 
  • Trade defense instruments (e.g.: anti-dumping duties; countervailing duties)
  • Prohibitions and restrictions (e.g.:on ozone depleting substances, cultural goods, dual use goods, etc.)

 

The best way to illustrate how to use this database is through an example:

Let’s say you want to export an engine lathe to Russia. First you enter the “goods code” or find it through the “Browse” menu. Then choose “Russian Federation – RU” as the destination country and start the query by pressing “Retrieve Measures”.

 

As a result, you will get the following information:

  • In the first part the information on the import of a lathe from Russia’
  • In the second part the data for our example:
    All third countries: Dual use with the relevant regulations. For the exporter, this means that an authorization must be obtained if the lathe appears in the dual-use lists of the listed ordinances.
  • In the third part, the provisions applicable for import and export; in this case the unit of measure “p / st” is to be used.

 

As a result, you will get the following information:

  • In the first part the information on the import of a lathe from Russia’
  • In the second part the data for our example:
    All third countries: Dual use with the relevant regulations. For the exporter, this means that an authorization must be obtained if the lathe appears in the dual-use lists of the listed ordinances.
  • In the third part, the provisions applicable for import and export; in this case the unit of measure “p / st” is to be used.

 

If you should need the information in another language, you can now translate the results using the language menu.
 

All in all, TARIC is another useful database which provides valuable information for your import/export. What’s more, it is updated daily and free of charge!

 

 

Link TARIC >>

 

Salzburg, 23.5.2017

 

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Villain Database — The EU Financial Sanctions List

An online service to help you identify persons, groups and entities subject to EU financial sanctions

The list put forth in line with EU Resolution 881/2002 on the examination of suspicious persons and groups must be considered in many areas of daily life. According to this, no economic agent is allowed to pay money for goods, services, salaries, etc. to persons or entities which are listed on the sanction lists. Similarly, no products or economic resources may be provided to them which could be used to release financial resources. Real estate is neither to be bought, sold, nor rented by sanctioned persons.

This query does not replace an in-depth examination, however, the online service can be used to perform an initial background check of suspicious persons or organizations.

 


 


 

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ECS — the EU’s “Export Control System” database

Use the EU’s ECS database to track your goods in Export

 

In the ECS database, the MRN (Movement Registration Number) can be used by any economic operator to check when and if a product has been given export clearance, even if that operator wasn’t the party  who submitted the customs declaration.

 

The procedure of export customs clearance is in principle a two-step process:

 

  1. The first step (with a few exceptions) is for the export declaration to be submitted electronically to the export customs office, which then electronically transmits it to the customs office of exit.  
    Each export is assigned a unique number, the so-called MRN.
     
  2. In the second step, the exit customs office monitors the export of the goods from the EU, reports the result back to the export customs office, which then issues an exit confirmation and sends it to the declarant.

 

The MRN (Movement Reference Number) allows you to access the registration date and the actual export date of goods at any time.