New application procedure regarding control locations for import consignments has opened in August
Non-EU foodstuffs and food contact materials subject to intensified EU controls as well as fresh vegetables, fruits and berries covered by the plant health legislation, can in the future only be imported via certain border control posts (BCP) approved for these products.
The physical checks of the products (identity checks, plant health inspections and sampling) shall in the future be performed either at approved border control posts (BCP) or at other control points (CP) approved in advance. An approved other control point (CP) can be either the import company’s or the forwarder’s warehouse that meets the requirements of the Official Controls Regulation and the implementing acts adopted on the basis of the Regulation. The control point must also meet the requirements of the EU General Regulation 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs, and a notification of food premises must be submitted for the premises.
The company or the forwarder shall apply in advance for the status of other control point (CP) for its warehouse. In August, Customs will open an application procedure with which it gathers information on warehouses applying for the status of other control point. The questionnaire should be filled in by 15 September 2019 if the wish is to ensure that the products mentioned in this questionnaire can be moved for control to the required warehouse in time for the entering into force of the new Official Control Regulation on 14 December 2019. Customs will inspect all warehouses that have applied for status as other control point, and will put forward a suggestion of approval to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland.