New Controls Regulation

Basic information about the new Controls Regulation

The new Controls Regulation on food and feed safety/plant and animal health (Regulation (EU) 2017/625) will enter into force 14 December 2019.

After December 14, the importation of foodstuffs and food contact materials subject to intensified EU controls, as well as vegetables, fruits and berries subject to plant health legislation, same as live animals and foodstuffs of animal origin, as well as plants, cut flowers and timber is possible only through border control points (BCP) approved for the said product categories.

It is already obligatory to declare animals and foodstuffs of animal origin in the TRACES system, and now the same requirement also concerns 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.

The website of the Finnish Food Authority contains more information on the TRACES system.

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

Animals and products under official controls

The competent authorities must supervise the arrival of the following animals and goods in the territory of the European Union:

Animals and products of animal origin

  • animals and products of animal origin, germinal products and products derived from animals

More information on the Finnish Food Authority website.

Plants and plant products subject to phytosanitary certification

Goods and feed from certain third countries

  • intensified import controls of foodstuffs and food contact materials of non-animal origin: 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 (importation of sprouts and seeds intended for the production of sprouts 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, decision 2014/88/EU, implementing decision (EU) 2018/935
  • prohibited GMO products (rice and rice products from China), decision 2011/884/EU, latest amendment: implementing decision 2013/287/EU

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
  • fodder: further information on the Finnish Food Authority website (in Finnish)

Organically produced goods will be subject to the Controls Regulation as of 1 January 2021.

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