CED (Common Entry Document) becomes a CHED-D (Common Health Entry Document) from 19th February 2020


If you import ‘high risk food and feed of non-animal origin’ (FNAO) you need to notify Port Health at least one working day before the expected arrival of the consignment. From 1am on 19th February 2020 this notification must be carried out by completing and submitting Part I of the CHED-D (Common Health Entry Document) on TRACES-NT. Please do not raise a CHED-D before 1am on 19th February.

Previously notifications were carried out by completion and submission of a CED (Common Entry Document) on TRACES Classic. From 1am on 19th February 2020 you will not be able to raise a CED in TRACES Classic for FNAO. If you have already completed a CED notification in TRACES Classic you do not need to re-do the same notification in TRACES-NT.


The model of the CHED-D is laid down in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1715, Part 2, Section D. General notes for completion of all CHEDs are in Annex II, Part 1 of this legislation.

Part I must be completed on TRACES-NT by the person responsible for the load. The CHED-D must then be printed and signed, and the original submitted to Port Health with any required documents (commercial documents and, if applicable, original health certificate and test report).

We are aware that there is the ability to complete electronic signatures on TRACES-NT, however this is something that you will need to discuss with Defra (DefraImportsandExportsCommunications@defra.gov.uk) as we do not have the ability to authorise electronic signatures. This has to be done at a national level, not by Port Health authorities.

Part II of the CHED-D is completed by Port Health when all our checks have been completed. The CHED-D will indicate which checks have been carried out, and the document will be stamped and signed by a Port Health Officer.

The original CHED-D will be returned to the ‘person responsible for the load’ and must accompany the consignment to the first establishment of destination as indicated on the CHED-D. Full details are in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1602.

Defra Guidance

DEFRA ‘Responsible for the Load’ TRACES-NT Guidance can be found here

A link to the DEFRA communication can be found here


Defra update of 19th February 2020: Importers must continue to use the ‘old’ document code (N582) when making a customs declaration and must also continue to use the ‘old’ document reference format for customs declarations, i.e. GBCED.YYY.NNNNNNN. Ensure that you use CED and not CHED-D on the customs declaration otherwise CHIEF will not recognise the licence and Manual Clearance will be required.