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.
*specimens of the EU animal health transit certificate are available in the relevant product legislation
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.
The checks will be unsatisfactory if any of the following apply.
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
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.