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A brief introduction to the EU's sanitary and phytosanitary controls platform. The UK equivalent in IPAFFS.

EU Importers of animals, POAO, Plants and Plant Products or HRFNAO must register for Traces NT, the European Commission’s digital certification and management platform for all sanitary and phytosanitary requirements, supporting the importation of animal, products of animal origin, food and feed of non-animal origin and plants into the the European Union.

·      Economic operators must create an EU Login account

·      Once an EU Login account has been set up, traders can create a Trade Control and Expert System TRACES NT account.

·      The TRACES NT account will provide options for which certificate applies:

•       COI

•       PHYTO

•       CHED-PP

•       FLEGT

  • Economic operators must choose the border control post (BCP) that they wish to be associated with for registration purposes. Once registered, any BCP may be used.

·      BCP users must associate themselves with a competent authority.

Requests will be validated by a BCP or competent authority.

The Traces NT system will require importers to submit details regarding the consignment of the country of origin, place of destination, the specific species/product type, commodity code, and general details for the importer, exporter and transporter.

This information is submitted by the importer of the goods in advance to the relevant regulatory body.

A guide to completing an Importer's Attestation - Insight into completing Part II 4 and 5

4. The products contain the following list of products of plant origin and processed products of animal origin.

The importer will be able to attest to both of these statements on the basis of an ingredient list provided to them by the GB exporter. This should be in descending order of weight and include the nature (i.e. type of POAO or ‘product of non-animal origin’) of the ingredient and its percentage. Grouping certain ingredients by dairy products, fishery products, egg products, products of non-animal origin as relevant is allowed and this may be helpful to protect confidentiality of recipes.

5. The products contain processed products of animal origin, for which requirements are laid down in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, originating from the following approved establishment….;

The importer will require the approval number of the establishment of origin of the composite product, if applicable, as well as approval numbers of the establishments that provided the processed POAO within the composite product. Composite products do not need to be dispatched to the EU from approved establishments if the establishment of dispatch is simply assembling the product from pre-processed POAO. In this scenario, an approval number for the establishment of dispatch does not need to be provided.

Fields will need to be completed by the EU Importer prior to the consignment entering the EU. In the case of products subject to veterinary checks at the Border Control Post the attestation will need to be available at the time the consignment reaches the EU BCP. You may wish to pre-populate Part I of the attestation and send it directly to your importer/agent for them to submit.

Signature – Part II of the attestation must be signed by a representative of the importing food business operator as defined in Article 14(1) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625. The attestation cannot be signed by the GB exporter.

Further information is available from: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Guidance: Model private attestation by the operator entering shelf-stable composite products into the Union in accordance with Article 14 of Regulation (EU) 2019/625

For consultancy insight into exporting composite products from GB, please contact Alinea Customs


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