Explanation of terms

Exit border inspection post

... is a veterinary border inspection post at which a transit consignment is checked when leaving the EU (= at an EU external border).

Document check

... is the official inspection of the official certificates and documents accompanying the animals and goods.

Third country

... is a state that is not a member of the EU, e.g. Serbia, Turkey, USA, Great Britain, ...

Transit

... is the shipment of consignments from a third country to Austria with subsequent shipment to another third country. This can be done directly via Austria or another EU member state.

Import

... means the transport of a consignment subject to veterinary checks from a third country to

a) to a destination in Austria or

b) via Austria to another destination within the EU.

Import versus entry: "Import" is the commonly used term in relation to commercial consignments (businesses), "entry" is the commonly used term for private travel (sometimes "shipment" is used instead of "import", it is equally "commercial travel").

Entry limit control point

... is a veterinary border inspection post where a consignment is checked on entry into the EU (= at an EU external border).

EEA

... is the European Economic Area - this consists of the 27 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Note: Switzerland is neither a member of the EU nor the EEA, but it is linked to the EU by a number of bilateral agreements. In many areas, Swiss nationals are therefore on an equal footing with EU citizens.

Listed countries

... are countries listed in annexes to relevant EU legal acts for which, as a rule, simplified import or entry conditions into the EU exist. These simplified conditions are generally based on various agreements with the EU.

Thus, there are no simplified import or entry conditions for non-listed countries.

Joint Health Entry Document (GGED)

... is a document with which live animals, foodstuffs and goods of animal and non-animal origin are to be declared for import control. Border veterinarians and/or control bodies certify in the CED whether the animals or foodstuffs and goods comply with the import conditions of the EU or not.

There is a separate CDR for each type of consignment:

  • CJED-A: live animals
  • CJED-P: foodstuffs and goods of animal origin
  • GGED-D: foodstuffs and goods of non-animal origin.

Note: the English name is CHED - common health entry document.

Border post

... is an official place where the border veterinarian or a certifying official control body carries out the border control at the border to a third country or an EU external border(e.g. Vienna International Airport).

Border veterinarian

... is the official veterinarian appointed by the competent central authority of a State to carry out veterinary border inspection.

Border veterinary control

Documentary checks, identity checks and physical checks in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/625 and the Union acts adopted in this respect, as well as other checks and examinations to be carried out by border veterinarians when crossing the border in accordance with Community legislation;

Harmonised import

Importation of animals, goods and objects from a third country, subject to the following conditions:

(a) the consignment comes from a third country or part of a third country authorised by a legal act of the Union to export to the Union, where Union legislation so requires; and

(b) the animals, goods or objects concerned and their intended use are covered by certificates or documents required by Union legislation; and

(c) where Union legislation so provides, the consignments come from approved establishments.

Pets

... is an animal kept for private purposes and not for commercial purposes. This term includes dogs, cats, ferrets and other animals such as invertebrates (except bees, molluscs of the phylum Mollusca and crustaceans of the subphylum Crustacea), ornamental aquatic animals, amphibians, reptiles, birds (specimens of bird species other than poultry, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, pheasants, partridges and ratites), and rodents and rabbits (other than those intended for food production).

IMSOC

... is a web-based information management system of the EU, which

  • for the exchange of information between authorities
  • to increase the transparency of control results and official decisions.

official decisions. IMSOC includes the "Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES)" and the "Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed(RASFF)".

Travel

... is private travel with personal goods of travellers for non-commercial purposes, e.g. tourism. Travel is understood to include all private forms and types of travel, which are not limited to passenger transport, but also include animal transport and goods transport.

Protective measures

Any measure adopted by the European Union or by a Member State imposing restrictions on the import of animals, goods or objects.

Serological titer test

A titer test is done to determine whether there is sufficient vaccination protection after a vaccination.

  • Antibodies = proteins which are used by the immune system to fight pathogens such as bacteria and viruses (= defence substances of the body). Antibodies are formed after contact with antigens (= substances that are recognised by the body as foreign and are fought against).
  • Serological examination = is the examination of the interaction between antibodies and antigens in the blood serum.
  • Titer = measure of the number of certain antibodies in the blood. The titer is a measure to determine whether there is sufficient vaccination protection after a vaccination.

Prohibitions

... are all measures available to an Austrian authority to prevent the placing on the market (import, entry) of a consignment (animals, foodstuffs and goods) (these are above all traffic restrictions, quarantine or slaughter and killing orders, orders for destruction, treatment of goods and foodstuffs, removal from the country).

Entrepreneur

... means any natural or legal person to whom one or more obligations under the provisions referred to in Article 1(2) of Regulation(EU) 2017/625 apply (trade).

Authorised user

... is a person who is entitled to decide on a private consignment of pets (attention: max. 5 pets at once). He is therefore also responsible for the legally compliant transport of the animal to its destination or to its owner.

VIS

... is the electronic consumer health information system(vis.statistik.at).

Reimportation

... means that animals, foodstuffs and goods, etc. have been exported from the EU and will be re-imported into the Union after a certain period of time.

In other words: Is the repatriation of consignments originating from the EU that have been taken to a third country.

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