Import control of foodstuffs and goods of non-animal origin

Reinforced controls

Consignments of food of non-animal origin listed in the Annexes to Regulation(EU) 2019/1793, as amended, and products listed in Annex I to the Implementing Decision 2011/884/EU on emergency measures regarding unauthorized genetically modified rice in rice products originating in China, shall be temporarily subject to increased official controls at border inspection posts upon their entry into the Union and at control points.

Operators are required to complete Part I of the Common Health Entry Document (CED-D) for each consignment submitted to inspection. The declaration of the consignment must be made using TRACES one working day before the actual arrival of the consignment at the border inspection post.

The document check must be performed at the border inspection posts at the EU external borders.

The identity check and examination of goods including sampling at the percentage of consignments specified in the present EU regulations, may also be carried out at the control points.

Goods subject to control are specified in the annexes of Regulation(EU) 2019/1793 as amended and Decision 2011/884/EU.

The decisive factor is the CN code and the country from which the goods are imported. The frequency of the identity check and physical inspection, including the parameters for which the goods are to be tested, are set out in the EU regulations.

Importers shall provide an official certificate for each consignment of food of non-animal origin listed in Annex II of Regulation(EU) 2019/1793 as amended, in accordance with the model in Annex IV. The results of sampling and analyses shall also be provided.

If the consignment is sampled in the course of the examination of the goods, the consignment can be released only after a harmless laboratory result.

Each consignment of products of the Implementing Decision 2011/884/EU shall be accompanied by a health certificate and an analytical report in accordance with the models set out in Annexes III and IV.

Operators shall also indicate whether the product is food or feed.

Check for radioactive contamination with cesium-134 or cesium-137.

Regulation(EU) 2020/1158 lays down the import conditions for food and feed originating in third countries following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Regulation(EU) 2021/1533 lays down special conditions for the import of food and feed originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

For consignments subject to these regulations, companies are required to complete Part I of the Common Health Entry Document ( CED-D ) and declare the consignment for inspection using TRACES at the border inspection post upon its entry into the Union.

Consignments containing the products in question must be accompanied by the official certificates specified in the aforementioned regulations.

Documentary checks are carried out at the border inspection posts at the external borders of the EU. Identity check and inspection of goods including sampling is carried out according to the percentage of consignments specified in the present EU regulations.

Control before customs clearance

For consignments subject to the EU regulation VO(EU) 2015/949, the border inspection post is informed of the import by the importer. The company shall complete Part I of the Common Health Entry Document ( CED-D ) of Regulation (EU) 2019/1715.

Each consignment must be accompanied by:

(a) a report containing the results of sampling and analysis,

(b) a certificate in accordance with the model set out in Annex II.

The certificate shall be valid for four months from the date of its issue.

Only when the competent control bodies of the BAVG have completed and signed Part II of the CDR-D can the consignment be cleared through customs.

Import barriers

Foodstuffs from Nigeria consisting of dried beans listed in Annex IIa to Regulation(EU) 2019/1793 shall not be imported.

Plastic articles made of polyamide and melamine

CommissionRegulation(EU) No 284/2011 laying down specific conditions and detailed procedures concerning imports of polyamide and melamine plastic kitchenware originating in or consigned from the People's Republic of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China respectively.

The inspection shall be carried out at the designated point of first introduction. It shall include documentary checks, identity checks and physical checks (including laboratory analysis of 10 % of the consignments). During the examination of the sample, the consignment is blocked.

The performance of the official control has to be requested at the border inspection post 2 days in advance by presenting the declaration in the annex of Regulation(EU) No. 284/2011 together with the corresponding laboratory reports by means of GGED-D (Common Health Entry Document).

The laboratory reports are to be sent by e-mail to

Customs clearance of vegetable foodstuffs and plastic kitchen articles

Information on customs clearance of this type of consignment can be found in the working guideline on foodstuffs (VB-0200), which has been published in the financial documentation (Findok) of the Federal Ministry of Finance. The Findok can be accessed via the homepage of the BMF(

Phytosanitary import control

Plants, plant parts, fruit, vegetables, flowers or seeds require a phytosanitary certificate when imported from a non-EU country and are subject to official control to prevent the introduction of plant pests and diseases. Please note that for certain goods there is even an import ban, for example for citrus plants, citrus leaves, vines or seed potatoes.

For further information, please visit the website of the Federal Office for Food Safety(BAES).



This page has been translated using translation software. In case of doubt, the German version of this website shall apply.