Import of composite products


Composite products are foods that contain both products of plant origin and processed products of animal origin.

Import conditions

Composite products may only be introduced into the EU from a listed third country.

Consignments of composite products that require temperature-controlled transport or storage may only be introduced into the Union for placing on the market if all processed products of animal origin contained in the composite products have been produced either in establishments located in third countries or territories authorized to export those processed products of animal origin to the Union or in establishments located in Member States.

Official import controls at border inspection posts

All composite products listed in the Annex to Regulation (EU) 2021/632 as amended are subject to official controls at border inspection posts.

The official certificate for non-perishable and durable composite products containing meat products in any quantity, with the exception of gelatine, collagen and highly processed products, must comply with the "COMP" model or, in the case of transit, the "TRANSIT-COMP" model , in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2020/2235 as amended.

Official controls at destination

The composite products listed in Regulation (EU) 2021/630 as amended are exempt from checks at EU borders. For these goods, checks may be carried out at the place of destination, at the point of clearance for free circulation in the Union or in the warehouses or premises of the trader responsible for the consignment.

Non-temperature-controlled composite products without meat

Each consignment of non-temperature-controlled, long-life composite products without meat content must be accompanied by a private certificate instead of the official certificate. The private certificate is issued and signed by the importing food business operator. The model certificate is set out in Annex V of Regulation (EU) 2020/2235 as amended.

Other products

Products that contain both plant and animal products but are intended for uses other than human consumption (e.g. animal feed or industrial utilization) are always subject to official border controls on entry into the EU, regardless of the proportion of animal products.

Products containing raw animal products are also always subject to official border controls on entry into the EU.

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