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.

Control for radioactive contamination with cesium-137

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

For consignments subject to this regulation, companies are obliged to fill in Part I of the Common Health Entry Document ( CED-D ) and declare the consignment for control by means of 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 said Regulation.

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 as amended, the border inspection post is informed about the import by the importer. Based on national requirements in Austria, the company fills out Part I of the GGED-D (Common Health Entry Document) of Regulation(EU) 2019/1715.

Each consignment must be accompanied by the following:

(a) a report with 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 GGED-D, the customs clearance of the consignment can take place.

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).



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