Groundnuts from Gambia and Sudan – change to import requirements from 18th June 2019

 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/890 comes into force on 18th June 2019. This imposes additional special conditions on the import of groundnuts from Gambia and Sudan.

Imports of groundnuts from Gambia and Sudan are already subject to an increased level of official controls as regards the presence of aflatoxins under Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009. They will now be controlled under Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 884/2014.

From 18th June 2019 all imports of groundnuts from Gambia and Sudan should be accompanied by a health certificate stating that the products have been sampled and analysed for the presence of aflatoxins and found to be compliant with EU legislation. The results of the sampling and analysis should be attached to the accompanying health certificate.

The health certificate and analysis report should be submitted to Port Health with the CED (common entry document) and copies of commercial documents (bill of lading, invoice, packing list).

Products subject to controls

Feed and Food (intended use) CN Code
Country of origin or country consigned from Frequency of physical (sampling) and identity checks (%)
Groundnuts (peanuts), in shell

Groundnuts (peanuts)
, shelled

Peanut butter


Groundnuts (peanuts)
, otherwise prepared or preserved(feed and food)
1202 41 00

1202 42 00

2008 11 10

2008 11 91;
2008 11 96;
2008 11 98

Gambia (GM) 50

Groundnuts (peanuts)
, in shellGroundnuts (peanuts), shelled

Peanut butter


Groundnuts (peanuts)
, otherwise prepared or preserved(feed and food)
1202 41 00

1202 42 00

2008 11 10

2008 11 91;
2008 11 96;
2008 11 98

Sudan (SD) 50


Health certificate

The format of the health certificate is laid down in Annex II of CIR (EU) No 884/2014. The health certificate shall be completed, signed and verified by an authorised officer of the competent authority. The competent authority is:

• the Food Safety and Quality Authority for feed and food from Gambia;

• the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for feed and food from Sudan

Date new requirements enter into force

The new requirements will apply to exports of groundnuts leaving Gambia and Sudan from 18th June 2019 onwards. Consignments which leave Gambia or Sudan prior to 18th June 2019 may be imported into the EU without being accompanied by a health certificate and the results of sampling and analysis. They will still need to be accompanied by a CED.

Exempted imports

The Regulation will not apply to imports which are:

• destined for a private person for personal consumption and use only

• trade samples

• laboratory samples

• display items for exhibitions

Provided that the gross weight does not exceed 30kg, and that they are not intended to be placed on the market or to be used for scientific purposes.

Further information

Aflatoxin controls on imported food and feed

Fees for Port Health checks