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Brief Guide to Importing Animal Products from Third Countries
- Importation of animal products from third countries (i.e. non EU countries) must comply with import conditions laid down by the EU.
- These import conditions ensure the animal products meet the required animal and public health standards before being released into free circulation within the EU.
- The products must come from a country that has been listed as an approved country to export the relevant animal products into the EU territory.
- See the following link for further information.
- The products must be dispatched from an establishment that has been listed as an approved establishment by the EU, which is under the supervision and control of the competent authorities.
- See the following link for further information.
- The country of export must be listed as having a residue monitoring plan to show that the animal products it produces are free from unwanted residues, pesticides or contaminants. The list may be found in Commission Decision 2011/163/EU.
- A health certificate relevant to the type of product in question, conforming to the models laid down in EU legislation, must accompany the consignment.
- The products must be appropriately packaged and labelled for transport into the EU.
- The consignment must be presented to a designated Border Control Post (BCP) at the point of entry into the EU territory to undergo veterinary checks.
- The animal products requiring veterinary checks are listed by customs commodity code or ‘CN Code’ in Annex I to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2007 Composite products requiring veterinary checks are listed by CN code in Commission Decision 2007/275/EC (as amended)
- Any queries in relation to a specific animal product should be directed to the Border Inspection Post at the intended point of entry into the EU territory, with all relevant information and documentation available to help deal with the query efficiently.
- Dublin Port: Bips.DubPort@agriculture.gov.ie
- Shannon Airport: Bips.ShanAirport@agriculture.gov.ie
- Border Control Posts (BCPs) are approved by the European Commission, and designated to deal with specific categories of animal products.are approved by the European Commission, and designated to deal with specific categories of animal products
- The EU approved BCPs in Ireland and their associated approved animal product designations are as follows:
|Not approved for animal products|
Procedure for Importation of Products of Animal Origin
1.The ‘operator responsible for the load’ refers to the person who is in charge of the consignment when presented at the Border Control Post.
a. This person is responsible for making the necessary declarations (including customs declarations) to the competent authorities on behalf of the importer.
b. In most circumstances this will be a customs agent working on behalf of the importer (as opposed to the importer him/herself).
2. This person who is responsible for the load must be registered with the Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, through their Corporate Customer System (CCS).
3. To register with CCS, email BrexitRegistration@agriculture.gov.ie who will forward on the relevant registration form for completion.
- TRACES NT (Trade Control and Expert System) is the European Commission’s online management tool for all sanitary requirements on intra-EU trade and importation of animals, semen and embryo, food, feed and plants. TRACES NT facilitates the exchange of information between all involved trading parties and control authorities and speeds up the administrative procedures.
- Both the organisation and the individual people within that organisation requiring access to TRACES NT must to be registered in order to be able to have the relevant authorisations.
- Instructions on creating a TRACES NT account can be found in the following document:
1 . Importers of products of animal origin are required to register with the relevant authority in charge of the category of the product to be imported
2. The destination establishment for consignments of products of animal origin imported for human consumption must be registered as a Food Business Operator:
3. Importers of fish and fishery products should be registered with the Dept. of Agriculture Food and Marine’s Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA)
- Email: SfpaFoodSafety@sfpa.ie
4. The destination establishment of Animal By-Product imports (including samples for Research and Diagnostic Samples) should be registered with the Dept. of Agriculture Food and Marine’s Milk & Meat Hygiene/ABP/TSE Division
1. Consignments of animal by-products entering the EU must be inspected at an EU-approved Border control Post (BCP) where Member States’ official veterinarians ensure they fulfil all the requirements provided for in the EU legislation.
2. The person responsible for the load being imported (the importer or a customs agent acting on their behalf) must give the BCP at the intended point of entry advance notification of the arrival of the consignment.
3. There is a required minimum pre-notification notice period of at least 24 hours’ notice in advance of the consignment’s arrival.
4. Failure to submit correct documentation within this timeline may result in significant delays in the consignment being processed through the Border Control Post.
5. Pre-notification is given by the submission of Part 1 of the Common Health Entry Document (CHED-P), as is laid down in Commission Implementing Regulation (EC) No. 2019/1715, through the online TRACES system.
6. Copies of other supporting documentation associated with the consignment should be submitted at this time as well – such as the health certificate, invoice, packing list etc.
1. Providing all the documentation has been submitted correctly and within the correct timeframes, a large proportion of the documentary check can be commenced in advance of the consignment’s arrival. This includes examination of the veterinary certificate and other documents accompanying a consignment.
Please note the original hard copy of the health certificate must travel with the consignment, this will be checked and held at the BCP at the point of entry into the EU.
2. Provided all is in order with the documentary check, the consignment will then be subject to an identity check at the BCP to ensure it identifies with the consignment that was declared in the documentation.
3. A proportion of consignments will be selected for a full physical inspection with/without sampling as appropriate.
4. Upon satisfactory completion of the required checks, the decision is entered in Part 2 of the CHED which must accompany the consignment to the first place of destination referred to in the CHED.
5. If the consignment does not meet the import requirements, the consignment may be rejected and either re-exported or destroyed.
Disorderly Brexit Contingency
Please carefully note the following information when importing animal products from the UK, or otherwise risk these animal products being delayed or entry refused into Ireland.
- All persons responsible for the importation of consignments of animal products must notify the Department a minimum of 24 hours in advance of shipping by email submission and submitting a Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED-P) for animal products through TRACES.
- Animal products coming from the UK must be accompanied by a valid original veterinary health certificate.
The person responsible for the load (the importer, or an agent working on their behalf) is required to follow the steps and advice below:
- The person responsible for the load should complete and submit the Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED-P) for animal products through TRACES, a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the consignment’s arrival into Ireland.
- The person responsible for the load should also e-mail the following documents, a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the consignment’s arrival to:
- Copy of the Original Veterinary Health Certificate (Colour scanned copy)
- Copy of the Commercial Invoice & other relevant commercial documents
- A scanned copy of the CVED-P as submitted on TRACES
- Packing List
- The person responsible for the load will then receive an automatic confirmation email which will contain a Case Reference Number and a link to be used for further communication with DAFM on this consignment. This is an automated reply and only refers to receipt of email and is not an approval for entry.
- If any part of the documentation is incomplete or missing, the person responsible for the load will be notified of this via email. The email will outline what information or documents are still required.
- In this case, the documentation/information required must be resubmitted again using the link within the email referred to in point (3) above. The unique Case Reference number is required to be included in any email correspondence to DAFM in relation to consignments.
- When the person responsible for the load has received the Movement Reference Number (MRN) allocated for the consignment from Customs, they should immediately inform DAFM of this number by using the link attached in the automatic confirmation email as referenced in point (3) above.
Please note due to the high volumes of applications we will be dealing with, any incomplete/incorrect documentation will cause delays in processing the consignment through the system.
Please note the original hard copy of the health certificate must travel with the consignment, and will be checked and held at the Border Inspection Post at the point of entry into the EU.
- Checks on all consignments of animal products will be carried out at the border inspection post facilities at Dublin and Rosslare Ports. A proportion of consignments will be selected for a full physical inspection with/without sampling as appropriate.
- Upon satisfactory completion of the required checks, the decision is entered in Part 2 of the CVED which must accompany the consignment to the first place of destination referred to in the CVED. If the consignment does not meet the import requirements, the consignment may be rejected and either re-exported or destroyed.
- If a consignment is rejected at any stage of the checking process, the person responsible for the load will be notified via email outlining the reasons for rejection.
It is the responsibility of the person responsible for the load to ensure that the consignment meets the legislative requirements for import into