Pre-export checks, concessions at import

Current law allows a reduced level of checks to be carried out at import on food and feed where specified pre-export checks have been agreed and completed in the country of origin. This is under the provisions of retained Regulation (EU) 2017/625 (Article 73).

Under these provisions there are currently concessions permitted for certain food from specified countries regarding the presence of mycotoxins. This is put in place under the provisions of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/949.

To qualify for reduced checks under the provisions of this legislation each consignment must be accompanied by:

  • A certificate in accordance with the model set out in Annex II to the regulation, completed, verified & signed by the relevant Competent Authority in the country of origin.
  • A report containing the results of sampling and analysis conducted by a laboratory approved by the relevant Competent Authority in the country of origin.
  • Furthermore, each consignment must have an identity code present on the certificate, report and each individual bag or packaging form.

Please note that consignments which do not have the certificate and laboratory report can still be imported. Such consignments imported without the certificate and laboratory report will not qualify for reduced checks, increasing the likelihood of examination and sampling to check compliance with relevant standards applicable in GB.

The following table (Annex I to the Regulations) indicates the products and countries where concessions may be applied:-

FoodCN CodeCountry of OriginMycotoxinFrequency of physical checks (%) at import
Wheat1001CanadaOchratoxin A<1
Wheat Flour1101 00
Almonds, in shell0802 11United States of AmericaAflatoxins<1
Almonds, shelled0802 12

(Peanuts from the United States of America were removed from the above provisions as per the amendments put in place by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1269).