Registers in exports

Exporters who need phytosanitary certificates  

If you need a phytosanitary certificate for exporting your product, register with the plant protection register maintained by the Food Authority. The registration requirement applies to regular and continual operations. You will get a phytosanitary certificate for the occasional export batch even without registration.


Exporters of animals and products of animal origin

Only exporters in the export register of the Food Authority can export live animals and products derived from live animals from Finland to countries outside the EU.

Report to the export register using an electronic form. Reporting to the export register is free of charge. Please note that reporting to the export register does not mean that the exporter gets a permit or approval for export to the countries of destination. It is always the authority of the country of destination that decides on the approval of your exports.

When registered in the export register the Food Authority gives targeted information on for example current projects related to market access, the limitations on exports set by different countries of destination and the effects of any cases of animal diseases on the exports.

You need to register if you export the following to countries outside the EU for commercial purposes:

  • Live animals and germinal products
  • Food of animal origin
  • By-products of animal origin, products derived from these or compound feed containing these.

You will find a detailed list on animals and products of animal origin requiring registration in the decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (832/2013, annex I).

Registration is not required when

  • pets are transported outside the EU
  • a private individual travels with or sends to another private individual a small quantity of products of animal origin for a purpose that is not commercial (e.g. a gift or a packed lunch)
  • small quantities of products of animal origin are transported or sent as samples
  • the animals are leaving Finland after a temporary stay in the country (circus animals, sled dogs, animals brought to animal shows and competitions)
  • live animals or products of animal origin are transported from another country via Finland to a country outside the EU.

Veterinary certificates are only granted to registered exporters

Before the veterinary certificates are issued, the official veterinarian has to ensure that the exporter is recorded in the export register. Print out or save the receipt showing that you are recorded in the export register and show it to the official veterinarian if necessary. The Food Authority does not issue a separate decision on the recording in the export register.

Make sure that the information in the export register is up-to-date. The official veterinarian cannot issue a veterinary certificate for products or countries of destination that you have not recorded in the export register.

Remember to renew the registration every three years.

The registration is valid for three years. After that you have to re-register. You also need to do a new registration when you want to report changed information or add for example new countries of destination to your data. The new registration will replace the previous notification for the same group of animals or products.

If you wish, you can ask for the registration to be removed before the three-year period has ended. Send the request and a copy of the receipt of the registration to be removed by e-mail to vienti@ruokavirasto.fi.

Find out the following before you register:

1. Do you operate as an exporter?

Are your exports of animals or products of animal origin such that you make a notification of your exports to Customs? If so, your business has to be found in the export register. Always register in the name of the export business. Do that also if a freight forwarder or another agent you have authorised does for example the export notifications on your behalf. If you wish, you can nominate the authorised agent as your contact person.

2. Animals or products of animal origin to be exported

You can only make one notification to the register per animal group or product group at any one time. If your business exports several products of animal origin to countries outside the EU, a separate notification has to be made to the register for each product group. You will find a detailed list on animals and products of animal origin requiring registration in the decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (832/2013, annex I).

3. Codes of the place where the animals are kept (live animals) or the approval numbers of the establishments (products of animal origin)
4. Countries of destination for exports outside the EU
5. Points of loading for exports

This means for example the place where the animals are kept or a production/storage facility where the loading for exports is carried out. You can report four points of loading at once. If the points of loading exceed this number, contact vienti@ruokavirasto.fi before making the notification.