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
- live plants, seeds for sowing, seed potato: more information on the Finnish Food Authority website (in Finnish).
- edible fruits, vegetables and berries: more information on the Finnish Customs Laboratory website
- timber and wood packaging material: more information on the Finnish Food Authority website (in Finnish)
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:
- among other things salmonella, pesticides, aflatoxins, pentachlorofenol, (EU) 2019/1793
- radioactivity (several products from Fukushima, Japan), Regulation (EU) 2016/6, latest amendment: 2017/2058
- microbiological quality (sprouts and seeds intended for the production of sprouts, imports from third countries) (EU 211/2013)
- radioactivity (forest mushrooms and their derivatives from Chernobyl, Ukraine), Regulation (EU) 2020/1158
- salmonella (Piper betle leaves and products containing them from Bangladesh), temporary importation ban until 30 June 2020; Implementing Decision 2014/88/EU, Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/935
- prohibited GMO products (rice and rice products from China), Implementing Decision 2011/884/EU, latest amendment: Implementing Decision 2013/287/EU
- sesamum seeds originating in India: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1540 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793 as regards sesamum seeds originating in India
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).
- PAA compounds and formaldehyde (melamine and polyamide products from China), Regulation (EU) 284/2011
- feed: more information on the Finnish Food Authority website (in Finnish)
Organic products will be subject to the Official Controls Regulation as of 1 January 2022.
- CP status can be applied for from Customs via the electronic Webropol questionnaire tool (only importers of fruits, vegetables, berries and products subject to intensified import control)
- Finnish Food Authority: Plants and plant products
- Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council on official controls