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21/06/10 20:09

This section helps the potential exporter / importer by providing information regarding international trade formalities and regulations, as well as the existing barriers to trade in various countries (tariffs, quotas etc).

1. Database containing specialized terminology used in international trade (INCOTERMS)

Understanding Incoterms

Incoterms are standard trade definitions most commonly used in international sales contracts. Devised and published by the International Chamber of Commerce, they are at the heart of world trade.

2. Market access database

The Market Access Database is the most important operational tool of the European Union΄s Market Access Strategy, supporting a continuous three-way exchange of information between: the EU institutions, Member States and European business.

The Market Access Strategy is a key pillar of the EU΄s Trade Policy which aims to reduce the obstacles faced by European exporters of goods and services.

The Market Access Database is a free, interactive, easy to use service providing:

  • Information about Market Access conditions in non-EU countries.
  • Systematic way for the European Commission to follow up complaints from businesses about barriers to trade in non-EU countries.
  • Means of ensuring that our trading partners are abiding by their international commitments.
  • Input for defining the EU΄s trade policy objectives on further trade liberalisation in the framework of the World Trade Organisation (e.g. Doha Development Agenda) and new free trade agreements between the EU and preferential partners (e.g. EU - MERCOSUR).