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European Commission DG Trade – Market Access Unit. MARKET ACCESS DATABASE Tools for European enterprises. 1. Market Access Database in practice 2. Market Access Strategy in action. Market Access Database a tool for European exporters Two main purposes:.

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Market Access Database

a tool for European exporters

two main purposes
Two main purposes:
  • Source of information for exporters about opportunities and challenges
  • Business tool to inform the Commission about barriers to trade in third countries

MADB Complaint Register

  • Based on business demands during consultations on Market Access Strategy 2007
  • Request for more transparency and feedback from Commission Services on contact persons and progress in tackling barriers brought to their attention
  • Simple and efficient system to register trade barriers quickly
  • Facilitates the universal recording of substantially all known barriers in one place
  • Standardised on-line input forms to ensure that all relevant data is obtained at first contact
you registered your complaint
You registered your complaint…

…what now?

Case study: Canada – stuffed labelling regulation

issue in brief
Issue in brief:
  • Proposed extension of a complex and strict labelling regulation on stuffed products
  • Industry affected: textiles and clothing
  • Scope: potentially serious impact on all textiles imports to Canada’s provinces
  • Double standards: resulting from Canada’s federal system and strong provincial competences
com approach
COM approach
  • Detailed information from the industry:
    • Legal facts
    • Economic impact on European exports
    • Confidentiality as a rule
  • COM activities:
    • Analysis of the situation with help of EU Delegation – problem scoping
    • Internal expertise-gathering in a cross-cutting area (regulatory affairs)
    • Analysis of possible actions on the basis of existing trade relations:
      • WTO TBT Committee in Geneva
      • EU Trade and Investment Sub-Committee
  • Result: Canada withdrew the proposal
partnership in action
Partnership in action
  • Ongoing feedback to the industry and exchange of information
    • Discussion, analysis and feedback at the Market Access Working Groups
    • Or at the Market Access Advisory Committee
    • Updated information in the Market Access Database
  • Other possible avenues :
    • Local diplomacy: COM demarches and letters to third country authorities
    • Bilateral trade and specialised dialogues led by the COM
    • High political level (summits)
    • WTO consultation in most serious cases
    • Business alliance-building to support the case
    • Member States bilateral contacts



Third Countries


MS Embassies









partnership in action ukraine export declarations
Partnership in action – Ukraine: export declarations
  • July 2009: proposal to introduce compulsory export declarations as from October 2009 for customs valuation purposes.
  • COM line: UA request at odds with EU paperless practices (Export Control System) and not in line with the Kyoto Convention on customs procedures.
  • Action:
  • DEL involved to understand what was happening on the ground.
  • Letter sent from DG TAXUD to UA custom authorities and issue raised at EU-Ukraine Subcommittee on Customs and Cross-border Cooperation (October 2009).
  • The measure was eventually suspended.
for further information
For further information…

DG Trade website:

Market Access Database:

E-mail address:

European Commission

DG Trade - Market Access Unit (G1)

Phone: +32 2 29 92 241