Changes to the law mean that many products previously exempt from veterinary checks will now need to meet new import conditions.
These changes apply to consignments arriving from the 1 January 2017.
Find out what has changed and make sure that your imports are compliant to avoid costly delays and losses.
Commission Decision 2007/275 (the Decision) sets out the products that are subject to veterinary checks at the BIP. The principle is that all products of animal origin are subject to veterinary checks, unless they are specifically exempted because they meet all of the requirements of Article 6. Composite products listed in Annex II, which have any dairy content must meet the requirements of Article 6(2).
Annex II has recently been replaced by Commission Implementing Decision 2016/1196. These changes apply to consignments arriving from the 1 January 2017.
The following imports are of particular concern, check to see if your imports will be affected.
Meat extracts, meat concentrates, meat powders and products containing them, such as noodles and stock cubes
Empty gelatine capsules
Filled Gelatine Capsules
Other food supplements / additives
Food supplements in retail packs containing glucosamine, chondroitin, chitosan & similar products
The old and new versions of Annex II are shown below. Note how the new version identifies products by CN Code as well as clarifying the extent of the exemption.
** i.e. have undergone a complete cooking or heat treatment process throughout their substance, so that any raw product is denatured see Article 6(1)(a)(i) of Decision 2007/275/EC.
|Current Exemptions – Decision 2007/275 |
– applies until end of 2016
– text as amended by Commission Implementing Decision 2016/1196
– Applies from 1st January 2017
|1905 10, 1905 20, 1905 31, 1905 32, 1905 40, 1905 40 10, 1905 90 10, 1905 90 20, 1905 90 30, 1905 90 45, 1905 90 55, 1905 90 60, ex 1905 90 90||Bread, cakes, biscuits, waffles and wafers, rusks, toasted bread and similar toasted products; containing less than 20 % of processed dairy and egg products and is shelf stable or fully cooked ** 1905 90 covers only dry and brittle products.|
Confectionery (including sweets)
|1704, 1806 20, 1806 31, 1806 32, 1806 90 11, 1806 90 19, 1806 90 31, 1806 90 39, 1806 90 50||Confectionery (including sweets) and chocolate, containing less than 50 % of processed dairy and egg products and is shelf stable or fully cooked **|
|Unfilled Gelatine Capsules|
|Food supplements packaged for the final consumer, containing small amounts of animal product, and those including glucosamine, chondroitin, or chitosan.||ex 2106 10, ex 2106 90||Food supplements packaged for the final consumer, containing small amounts (in total less than 20 %) of processed animal products (including glucosamine, chondroitin and/or chitosan) other than meat products.’|
|Meat extracts and meat concentrates|
|Olives stuffed with fish||ex 2001 90 65, ex 2005 70 00 ex 1604||Olives stuffed with less than 20 % fish Olives stuffed with more than 20 % fish|
|Pasta and noodles not mixed or filled with meat product||1902 19, 1902 30, 1902 40||Pasta and noodles not mixed or filled with processed meat product; containing less than 50 % of processed dairy and egg products and is shelf stable or fully cooked **|
|Soup stocks and flavourings packaged for the final consumer, containing meat extracts, meat concentrates, animal fats, or fish oils, powders or extracts||ex 2104 10 and ex 2104 20||Soup stocks and flavourings packaged for the final consumer, containing less than 50 % of fish oils, fish powders or fish extracts |
and is a shelf stable or fully cooked **