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Certificates for export to the European Union

23/ 03/ 2020

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety recently issued a Notice on Export Certificates for animals, plants and their products exported to the EU in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and the EU is closing borders.

In order to facilitate international trade, TRACES platform is recommended (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/tracesnt/ecas-login) for sanitary and phytosanitary certifications of animals, plants and their products exported to the EU.

Concerning countries which are not using TRACES, the original certificates should, as much as feasible, accompany the consignments in their means of transportation. In the case where it would not be possible, European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety will propose to the EU BCPs to accept scanned copies of original paper certificates provided the following applies: 

  • Original paper certificates are sent to the EU BCPs as soon as technically feasible, at a later stage, when the restrictions referred to above have been substantially reviewed or lifted.
  • Your mission in Brussels nominates a contact person and transmits to our service (e-mail: sante-d2-imports@ec.europa.eu) the contact details of such person to whom our service can refer, should questions be raised by EU BCPs, as to the administrative arrangements in your country.