poao transhipments

Transhipment of products of animal origin from non-EU countries

Animal products arriving in the EU can pose a risk to animal health.  The presence of animal products of unknown health status on the quayside for a prolonged period poses a potential risk. Therefore the transhipment of animal products at ports and airports is subject to legal controls.

Consignments of PoAOs transhipping at an EU seaport and remaining there for less than 7 days are not subject to veterinary checks and no CVED is required.  However, all non-EU consignments of PoAOs transhipping at an EU seaport and remaining there for 7 days or more are subject to veterinary checks.


3rd Country to 3rd Country transhipment

Consignments from one non-EU country with a destination in another non-EU country which tranship in the EU must undergo veterinary checks if they are present in port for 7 days or more.
  1. A CVED must be submitted declaring the goods as a third country to third country transhipment.
    • If there is an original EU animal health transit certificate* the original must be presented along with a copy of the 3rd country – 3rd country health certificate and copy commercial documents, in particular the bill(s) of lading.
    • If there is no EU transit certificate, or none is required, (e.g most fishery products, honey), the original 3rd country – 3rd country health certificate, or a copy of that certificate authenticated by the government authority that issued it, must be presented.
  2. Documentary and identity checks are undertaken.

*specimens of the EU animal health transit certificate are available in the relevant product legislation

Satisfactory consignments

  1. the product is from a 3rd country approved on animal health grounds to export such products to the EU
  2. there is an original EU transit health certificate where required, otherwise the original health certificate accompanying the consigment is presented
  3. all the checks are satisfactory

The CVED will be signed off permitting transhipment to a third country.  As the consignment meets EU animal health requirements it can tranship at other EU ports before exiting the EU to a third country.

Unsatisfactory consignments

The checks will be unsatisfactory if any of the following apply.

  1. the product is not from an approved third country
  2. the consignment does not have any required EU transit health certificate
  3. the veterinary checks are otherwise unsatisfactory

The CVED will be completed indicating that the consignment is refused.  The consignment must leave the EU directly without further transhipment elsewhere in the EU.

3rd country to EU transhipments

  1. Consignments of PoAOs from non-EU countries ultimately intended for import into the EU must undergo at least a documentary check in the first (transhipment) port after being present there for 7 days or more
    • A CVED declaring the goods for transhipment must be presented along with the original health certificate and copy commercial documents.
    • A documentary check is undertaken and a CVED issued authorising transhipment to the second (import) BIP.  The original health certificate is returned.
  2. A second CVED, now declaring the goods for import, must be presented at the import BIP.
    • This second CVED is created in TRACES from the first CVED by clicking on the tranship link which copies data from the first, transhipment CVED to produce the second, import CVED.
    • The original health certificate must then be presented to the import BIP, where it will be retained.
    • The documentary check is repeated at the import BIP and identity and physical checks are undertaken and the second CVED completed authorising the consignment for import.

If at the transhipment BIP a problem is suspected with the consignment; all the veterinary checks may be undertaken there.  A CVED for import or refusal will then be issued accordingly.

The importer can also elect to have all the veterinary checks done at the first BIP by submitting a CVED there declaring the goods for import rather than transhipment. All the veterinary checks are then completed there and a CVED authorising import is issued.

If the consignment remains in the transhipment BIP for more than 20 days, a replacement CVED declaring the goods for import must be submitted and all the veterinary checks will then be undertaken at that BIP.

Note:- Charges are applied by the BIP where the identity / physical checks are carried out.