New Official Controls Regulation

Basic information about the new Official Controls Regulation

Foodstuffs and food contact materials subject to intensified EU controls as well as fresh vegetables, fruits and berries subject to the plant health legislation, live animals and foodstuffs of animal origin as well as plants intended for planting, cut flowers and timber can only be imported through border control posts (BCP) approved for these product categories.

Animals and foodstuffs of animal origin, plants and plant products that require a plant health certificate, as well as foodstuffs of non-animal origin that are subject to intensified import controls must be declared in the TRACES system.

For more information about TRACES, go to website of the Finnish Food Authority.

Customer notice, 21 August 2019: New Official Controls Regulation to enter into force on 14 December 2019, TRACES declarations to become obligatory

Animals and goods subject to official controls

The competent authorities must perform official controls on consignments of the following animals and goods brought into the territory of the European Union:

Animals and products of animal origin

  • animals and products of animal origin, germinal products and animal by-products

More information on the Finnish Food Authority website.

Plants and plant products that require a phytosanitary certificate

Goods and feed from certain third countries

  • intensified import controls on foodstuffs of non-animal origin and on food contact materials: more information on the Finnish Customs website.

Regulations on intensified import controls:


Food contact materials
(Materials coming into contact with foodstuffs and subject to intensified controls are to be easily separated from the rest of the consignment, and easily presented to Customs).

Organic products will be subject to the Official Controls Regulation as of 1 January 2022.

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