Please note! You can find Finnish national legislation at Finlex and EU legislation at EUR-Lex links on the right margin. Guidance for searching decisions of the EU legislation you can find here.

Authorized countries of import

Bovine animals may only be imported from those thirds countries or parts thereof listed in part 1 of Annex 1 of Commission Regulation 206/2010, and where the veterinary certificate for imports of bovine animals for the purpose is indicated in the Annex against the country.

Veterinary certificate

Bovine animals must meet the conditions in the relevant veterinary certificate in part 2 of Annex I of Commission Regulation 206/2010, and the import consignment must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate conforming to the model in the Annex. There are two models:The “BOV-X” model and”BOV-Y.

The above veterinary certificate must state compliance with the particular requirements concerning infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) in terms of the additional guarantees regarding infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and compliance with the additional guarantees granted to Finland regarding infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR).

Check the veterinary legislation from Finlex in the right. Section 20 contains the provisions regarding imports of live animals (MMMa 866/2008 as amended).

Veterinary border control

In Finland the only border inspection post approved for veterinary border control of bovine animals is the Vaalimaa border inspection post, so animals generally have to be inspected in another EU country. The contact details for border inspection posts in EU countries can be found on the Commission’s website. Border inspections posts approved for inspections of animals in these guidelines are marked with the letter U in column 6. Well before the date of importation, the importer should contact the border inspection post in the relevant EU country, where in principle the same provisions apply as in Finland, to ensure that the BIP is approved to inspect the animal to be imported.
When bovine animals are transported by air, the box or container that the animals are transported in, and the surrounding area, must be sprayed with the appropriate insecticide immediately before the aircraft doors are closed and subsequently every time the aircraft doors are opened prior to arrival at the final destination.


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