The basic prerequisite for the export of animal products to third countries is, in addition to compliance with European regulations (in accordance with Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002), compliance with the veterinary import regulations of the destination country. In addition to export certificates, the following third countries in particular also require an export authorisation for certain animal products. This approval process, including the maintenance of the authorisation, is in many cases associated with time and financial expenditure. The aim of the approval process is to register establishments exporting to third countries that require an export authorisation for certain product groups and at the same time to have the competent supervisory authority check and confirm that the requirements of the third country are met and that the production establishment is suitable for export to the third country.
Application for export licence
Establishments requiring an export authorisation shall submit an application in the VIS database. When submitting the application, a brief description of the products to be exported must be disclosed (e.g. baby milk, UHT milk, frozen fresh meat, etc.). After review of the initial application and submission of all required documents, an appointment for an on-site inspection will be made, if necessary.
On-the-spot checks on production
Verification of the admission requirements
The review of the admission requirements is carried out by the competent Austrian authority or, depending on the requirements of the third country, an admission audit is carried out together with representatives of the third country.
Review of the maintenance of approval
At least once a year an on-site inspection is carried out by the competent Austrian authorities. Depending on the requirements of the respective third country, the frequency may be higher or the inspections may also be carried out by representatives of the third country together with representatives of the competent Austrian authority.
From when is an export possible?
Export for third countries requiring an export authorisation is usually possible if the establishment has been approved and listed by the third country or by the competent authority. Often the third country provides the lists of approved establishments on the website of the competent authority. The mere submission of an application or documents or the successful completion of an audit is not sufficient. The dispatch of goods may only take place after receipt of the corresponding approval.
Notification of changes
The third countries require that the data transmitted in the context of the initial authorisation are always kept up to date. Against this background, all significant operational changes must be reported without delay.
Notifications of changes to third countries become necessary in particular when
- operational data changes (e.g. address, name, activities, persons responsible for operations)
- serious reconstruction work takes place or changes are made to the operational process flow, or
- establishments no longer meet the requirements for export to the third country.
revocation of export authorization
The export authorisation may be cancelled by the competent Austrian authority in the event of non-compliance with the requirements (incl. possible failure to remedy identified defects in due time). The third country may refuse the import - irrespective of the granting or maintenance of the domestic export authorisation.
Export to countries not mentioned
If you cannot find the third country you are looking for either under Third Countries or on the Consumer Health Communication Platform, please contact the foreign trade offices of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber or clarify the import conditions via the importer or the local customer.