e-certs for tuna imports09-Jan-2015
Port Health Update - Imports of Products of Animal Origin
Electronic health certification for tuna fish imports
- clearance issues on ALVS caused by CN code changes
What has changed?
On the 1 January 2015 Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1101/2014 made changes to the CN Codes used for Processed tuna.
The following CN codes were closed on TRACES:-
Why is this a problem?
For customs clearance to automatically take place in ALVS your TRACES CN Code must match the CN Code on your Customs entry.
Generally where the TRACES CN code is incorrect this can be amended up until the point that the CVED is finalised by Port Health. However, where there is an electronic health certificate (e-cert) then the CN Code on TRACES is cloned from the e-cert and it cannot be amended.
Manual clearances will not be authorised
Manual clearances will not be authorised for consignments where there is a mismatch in ALVS due to the change in CN Codes. The CVED must be corrected to rectify the issue.
Recommended solution - a manual CVED is created
For consignments being imported where the e-cert has the 'old' CN Code, it is recommended that instead of cloning the e-cert you manually create a CVED. The CVED should be created based on the hard copy health certificate, however you must ensure that you use the correct 'new' CN Code on TRACES.
Manually created CVEDs will only be accepted for tuna imports accompanied by an e-cert issued before the 1 January 2015. For all other e-certs the CVEDs must be cloned.
Alternative solution- a replacement e-cert is issued
Alternatively you could request a replacement e-cert reflecting the 'new' CN Code. However, this is not the recommended solution as this will be complicated to administer. If a replacement e-cert is issued, the old health certificate will no longer exist and your old CVED will no longer be valid. You will need to take the following actions:-
For further guidance about the importation of PoAO please see the related webpage