Import of animals and animal products from non-EU countries

Please see also European Commission webpages

Import of live animals; European Commission webpages

Non-commercial movement of live animals; EuropeanCommission webpages

Personal imports on European Commission webpages 

Animals and animal products require a veterinary border inspection. The importer makes sure that animals and animal products from outside the EU fulfil the import requirements.

The requirements are different for each product and animal species and are itemized separately on our pages.

The importer brings in the lot via a border crossing point which has a veterinary border inspection post. Veterinary border inspections are subject to a fee.

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The border veterinarian of the Food Authority carries out a veterinary border inspection of the animals and animal products to be imported. The border veterinarian checks that the lot fulfils the requirements for import into the EU. The border veterinarian will either approve or reject the lot. A lot that has been approved by the border veterinarian is approved for marketing in the entire EU. A rejected lot will be returned to the country of despatch, put down (animals) or destroyed under the supervision of Customs (products).

The border veterinarian works at a veterinary border inspection post. In Finland they are situated at:

Helsinki port veterinary border inspection post

  • Only packed foods and other products of animal origin

Kuninkaantammenrinne 2, 00430 Helsinki

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8 am–3:45 pm

tel. 040 146 7551

e-mail rajatarkastus@ruokavirasto.fi

Helsinki-Vantaa airport veterinary border inspection post

  • Packed food and other animal products and small animals

Street address: Turbiinitie 4, Vantaa

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8 am–3:45 pm (inspections are to be agreed on in advance)

tel. 050 337 1893

e-mail lentoasema@ruokavirasto.fi

The border veterinarian can only inspect the lot if it is unloaded before 3 pm. If an animal arrives to the Helsinki-Vantaa airport outside office hours (after 3 pm, at night, weekends or on public holidays), the importer has to find an authorised border veterinarian to carry out the inspection. Arrange for the inspection well ahead of time with the border veterinarian!

Vaalimaa road veterinary border inspection post

  • Packed food and other animal products and animals

Vaalimaantie 2990, 49930 Vaalimaa

Opening hours: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 9 am–2:45 pm (inspections are to be agreed on in advance)

tel. 040 489 3362

e-mail vaalimaa@ruokavirasto.fi

Hamina port veterinary border inspection post

Not yet in use. When necessary, contact rajatarkastus@ruokavirasto.fi

 

Lots for border inspection

The importer has to import the lot via a veterinary border inspection post. Before the import you should

    1. check the conditions for import of the lot
    2. find out about any safeguard measures
    3. give advance notice to the veterinary border inspection post using the system TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System).
      • Give the advance notice on the previous working day, at the latest
      • Arrange for the time of inspection by e-mail with the border veterinarian at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport and separately by e-mail for Vaalimaa. A border veterinarian is not always on site.
  • Remember the Customs Declaration also

The border veterinarian checks the following

  1. Documentation and identification
    1. The border veterinarian checks that the lot corresponds to the documentation
    2. The border veterinarian checks the condition of the animals
    3. The border veterinarian does an organoleptic examination of the food and products if the origin and quality of the lot so requires.
    4. The border veterinarian can take samples for laboratory analyses by carrying out spot checks for the official control or due to another reason
  1. The border veterinarian makes a decision in the TRACES system.
  2. The border veterinarian archives the original health certificate for the border inspection post and issues a CVED, which is a Common Veterinary Entry Document for the lot, which records the approval of entry into the EU. The border veterinarian notes the payment for the lot in the CVED Document
  3. Present the CVED document to Customs and pay.
  4. Customs releases the lot

If the lot does not fulfil the requirements for approved entry into the EU, the border veterinarian will reject the lot.

Customs will not release a rejected lot

The importer will either have to

  • return or
  • destroy/put down

a rejected lot at their own expense under the supervision of Customs.