Information for EU exporters to South Africa:

Market Access Database (MADB) (http://madb.europa.eu)

The MADB is a free online service provided by the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission, which is accessible for users located in the EU. The MADB offers product-specific information to companies exporting from the EU about import conditions in third country markets: duties and taxes, import procedures and formalities, statistics as well as information on sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues and trade barriers. More than 100 non-EU countries are covered. The MADB can also be used for preliminary market research and background information for the organisation of business events.

Website of the European Commission’s ‘Your Europe Business Portal’ (http://europa.eu/youreurope/business/index_en.htm)

The ‘Your Europe Business Portal’ from the Directorate - General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission provides companies with information and interactive services, including help to expand their businesses abroad. The portal offers a single point of access to services available at national or European level.

Website of the European Commission ‘Small Business Portal’ (http://ec.europa.eu/small-business/index_en.htm)

The ‘Small Business Portal’ from the Directorate - General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission contains all information (including access to finance) that SMEs need to start and run their business.

Information for South African exporters to the EU:

Export Helpdesk (http://exporthelp.europa.eu/thdapp/index.htm)

The Export Helpdesk is a free online service provided by the Directorate - General for Trade of the European Commission, which provides exporters of developing countries information on exporting to the EU (including EU tariffs, requirements, preferential arrangements, quotas and statistics).