Key results on the international reach of ETAs

Discover the report 'ETAs in Global Markets: a data-based analysis'

The Centre for Economic Studies, CSIL, in Milan, has compiled a report for EOTA, evaluating the viability and prospective advantages of routinely gathering and analysing ETA-related data from external sources, and combining this data with EOTA's internal data. 

The analysis provides a better understanding of the role of the ETA route in global trade and prospective opportunities for ETA stakeholders in new markets.

Key results

  • 12 % of all ETAs requested are requested by manufacturers established outside the area of applicability of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). 
  • (Note: The CPR is applicable in the entire European Economic Area, in Switzerland and Turkey. These countries were therefore counted" EU" for the purposes of this study.)
  • The main product areas for which ETAs are requested globally are fixings (PAC 33), and fire stopping, fire sealing, fire protective or retardant products (PAC 35).
  • The countries with the highest demand for ETAs outside of the European Union are Australia (81 ETAs), China (73 ETAs), Taiwan (63 ETAs), India (53 ETAs) and the United States (50 ETAs).
  • However, the picture varies from product group to product group. In the case of external thermal insulation composite systems, for example, 26% of all non-EU ETAs come from Serbia.
  • An increasing interest in ETAs can generally be noted in China, Brazil, India and the United Arab Emirates. Morocco, Saudi Arabia. South Korea and Vietnam might also be interesting markets to look at due to the growth rates in their trade relationships with the EU.
  • Generally speaking, manufacturers located in countries with close economic ties to the EU are more likely to hold an ETA. The big exception is Australia, where ETAs have become a best practice and are used not only for trade but also for the domestic market. 

EOTA's primary objective behind this exercise has been to draw attention to the potential benefits of better global visibility of ETAs. A high standing of ETAs in non-EU-markets can help reduce technical barriers to trade and create win-win situations, where external markets benefit from the high European benchmarks regarding safety, health, and the environment.