Pre-export checks, concessions at import

The law allows reduced levels of checking to be carried out at import for food and feed under agreement where specified checks have been carried out before import.

Under the provisions of Commission Regulation 882/2004 (Article 23) where specific pre-export checks have been carried out on feed and food immediately prior to export, the EU may permit approvals to be granted for import of these products which warrant reduced frequency of controls.

Currently there are concessions permitted for certain food from specified countries with regard to the presence of mycotoxins under the provisions of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/949.

In order to qualify for reduced checks under the provisions of the legislation each consignment must be accompanied by –

  • A certificate in accordance with the model set out in Annex II to the regulation
  • A report containing the results of sampling and analysis conducted by an approved laboratory of the competent authority.

Furthermore each consignment must have an identity code present on the certificate, report and each individual bag or packaging form.

Products which are imported without the required certificate and report will not qualify for reduced checks.

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

USA peanuts were removed from pre-export concessions under CIR 2017/1269 from 17 July 2017 therefore the levels of physical checks may be in excess of 1%  ( to be determined by the point of entry)

contamination. Amendments were made by Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/2106 and commission implementing regulation 2016/24.