The Federal Office for Consumer Health (BAVG) is responsible for the import control of living animals, foodstuffs and certain goods as well as organic products during import, transit and re-import from third countries.
The area of import and transit (=commercial purposes as a reason for import) is harmonised, which means that the regulations apply to all Member States in order to guarantee, with regard to the common market and independently of the individual Member States, uniform control and compliance with the health conditions of the imported or exported animals, foodstuffs and goods.
Restrictions and controls also apply to the transport of live animals, foodstuffs and goods of both animal and non-animal origin and organic products by private individuals.
These measures are enforced in Austria on the basis of Community law, the Animal Diseases Act, the Food Safety and Consumer Protection Act and the ordinances based thereon, in particular the Veterinary Import Ordinance (Veterinärbehördliche Einfuhrverordnung i.d.g.F.). The controls at the Austrian border control posts are carried out by border veterinarians and/or control bodies of the Import Control Department of the BAVG, in cooperation with the customs authorities.
On the following pages you will find information on frequently requested topics.
Austrian border control posts and control posts
Here you will find a list of the Austrian border control posts in the area of competence of the Federal Office of Consumer Health (including addresses, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses and opening hours).
Furthermore, here you will find a list of the control posts for non-animal food in the area of competence of the Federal Office of Consumer Health (including addresses, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses and opening hours).
In addition, here you will find the link to the European Commission's homepage on the approved border control posts for live animals and food and goods of animal origin in the EU Member States, EEA Member States and the states with special agreements and the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, you can find here the link to the homepage of the European Commission on the border control posts and control posts approved in the EU Member States for certain food of non-animal origin.
Common Health Entry Document (CHED)
The Common Health Entry Document (CHED) is to be used to declare consignments of live animals, foodstuffs and goods of animal and non-animal origin for import control. As the declaration has to be made electronically using the TRACES system, there are no templates that can be filled in.
Here you will find the models of the CJED as well as the explanations necessary for the completion.
- Common health entry document for live animals (CED-A)
- Common Health Entry Document for goods of animal origin and plant products subject to veterinary checks such as hay and straw (GGED-P)
- Common Health Entry Document for food of non-animal origin (GGED-D)
Here you can find a link to the homepage of the European Commission on this topic TRACES(Attention: Information is only available in English)
Lists of establishments
Lists of harmonised establishments
In most areas of import of consignments subject to veterinary control (e.g. live animals and products of animal origin, including foodstuffs but also semen and embryos) it is laid down by law that their import may only take place from approved establishments in third countries. Due to the harmonisation of import conditions in the European Union, these lists are uniformly regulated and valid for the entire European Union. The establishments can be retrieved either by type of establishment ("sector") or by country ("country").
This is the link to the homepage of the European Commission with the harmonised lists of approved establishments for imports of foodstuffs, semen and embryos and animal by-products into third countries:
Lists of non-harmonised establishments
In a few areas of importation, the process of harmonisation is not yet so far advanced. Although harmonised import conditions and certification requirements exist, Community-wide lists of establishments have not yet been established. In these areas, the lists have to be established at national level. Here, the rules of the Member State in which the first destination of the consignment is located apply. The approval or registration of the holding in question must be confirmed in the certificate by the official veterinarian issuing the certificate. Austria does not keep control lists.
Lists of establishments of destination
Some consignments may only be transported to approved establishments in the EU, e.g. game in blankets, ornamental birds or in the area of animal by-products so-called intermediate products. Lists of these establishments are published on the homepage of the BMSGPK or by the European Commission. Below you will find links to this section as well as to the homepage of the Commission.
- Approved establishments of destination for animal by-products Approved establishments for animal by-products according to Regulation (EC) No. 1069/2009 and Regulation(EU) No. 142/2011 are also suitable to handle import consignments. The approval specifies the type of operation, category and type of products that may be accepted. In addition, approved pharmaceutical establishments may also be the destination for animal by-products.Establishment lists for live animals, animal by-products etc. in Austria
Lists of quarantine stations for ornamental birds on the homepage of the European Commission
For the lists you have to click on"List of EU Member States' approved establishments in the veterinary field", then select the link for the respective country individually, then the individual categories of establishments.
Lists of customs warehouses etc. on the homepage of the European Commission
This is the link to the list of veterinary approved free zones, free warehouses and customs warehouses for non-EU compliant goods as defined in Art. 25 of Regulation (EU) 2019/2124.
Attention: In Austria there are currently no such approved establishments.
Re-importation of consignments subject to border veterinary checks
The conditions for the re-importation of a consignment subject to border veterinary controls originating in the EU, which has been refused entry into a third country outside the EU, are laid down in Regulation (EU) 2019/2074. These conditions were transposed into national law by the Veterinary Import Regulation, as amended.
Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/2098 lays down additional animal health requirements for consignments of food of animal origin originating in the Union and returning to the Union after having been refused entry by a third country.
Re-importation of goods and articles
These consignments must be accompanied by the following documents:
- the original certificate of the Member State of origin or a copy thereof certified by the authority of the rejecting State; and
(a) in the case of original sealed containers (seal issued by the competent authority of an EU Member State), a certificate from the carrier stating that the contents have not been handled or unloaded, or
(b) in the case of non-original sealed containers, a certificate from the rejecting authority stating:
- the reasons for the rejection,
- confirmation that the storage and transport conditions have been complied with, and
- confirmation that the products have not undergone any handling.
- A written declaration from the authority responsible for issuing the certificate of origin confirming that the consignment has been accepted must be presented to the border control post at which the consignment is presented for re-importation (in Austria by the official veterinarian of the locally competent district authority).
The consignment may only be transported from the border control post to the holding of origin. This must be carried out with sealed means of transport, which are officially marked and officially sealed. The official veterinarians responsible for the place of destination must be informed of the arrival of the consignment by means of IMSOC.
The consignments concerned must be subjected to a documentary check, identity check and, in the event of suspected infringement of veterinary regulations and doubts as to identity, a physical check. These controls must not give rise to any objections.
The consignments concerned must be returned under official supervision directly to the establishment of origin where the veterinary certificate was issued.
Re-importation of live animals
The reimportation of animals is only permitted under the conditions of harmonised importation or with a veterinary authorisation. The authorisation shall specify the conditions required by the veterinary authorities.
For live animals, the provisions for importation also apply to re-importation. There are exceptions for horses that are re-imported into the EU within 30 days and for pets.
Please note that there may also be import restrictions and import bans due to other EU and national regulations such as financial regulations (e.g. customs) or due to species protection (CITES).