CEDs required for Guar Gum


Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority

Issue Number 02 | February 2015 |

Port Health Update - Imports of Food and Feed  
Revision of EC law - CED required for consignments of Guar Gum

From the 27 February 2015, consignments of Guar Gum are required to be accompanied by a Common Entry Document (CED).

The European Commission have published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 175/2015 which replaces Commission Regulation 258/2010.  

The new Regulation introduces for the first time a requirement to pre-notify arrival of consignments of Indian guar gum to a listed DPE (designated point of entry) by submission of a CED (common entry document) at least one day prior to arrival of the consignment. 

All CEDs must be submitted on TRACES.  It is expected that from the 2 March 2015 Guar Gum imports will be processed in ALVS (Automatic Licence Verification System).  This means that importers will be able to benefit from faster clearance times and will not be required to submit documentation to the National Clearance Hub (NCH).   

These changes apply from the 27 February 2015* and include all guar gum consignments originating from India falling within CN code ex 1302 32 90 subdivision 10 or 19. The requirements also apply to compound food and feed containing 20% or more guar gum. Private imports for personal consumption are excluded. 

Requirements which are unchanged from previous legislation include the necessity to submit–
  • a health certificate as per the annex to the Regulation certifying the product does not contain more than 0.01 mg/kg PCP. The certificate must be signed by an authorised representative of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India. Furthermore the certificate is only valid for four months from the date of its issue. The model format is attached to the Regulation.
  • an original analytical report issued by an accredited laboratory according to EN ISO/IEC 17025 for the analysis of PCP in feed and food indicating the results of sampling and analysis for the presence of PCP, the measurement of uncertainty of the analytical result as well as the limit of detection (LOD) and the limit of quantification (LOQ) of the analytical method. Sampling to be conducted in accordance with Directive 2002/63/EC.
Each consignment must also be identified with a code which is present on the health certificate, analytical report, commercial documents as well as each individual bag or other packaging.

Consignments are subject to sampling at a rate of 5%.

Costs are recoverable for all official controls inclusive of documentary, identity and physical checks therefore if a consignment is selected for sampling please ensure sampling and analysis costs are submitted in addition to CED documentary check fees. Documentary check fees will be adjusted to be in line with all CED documentary check charges.  

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*We have not officially been advised of plans for implementation by the Food Standards Agency, and will advise if there are any changes.

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