Controlling the places of first arrivals

The control of places of first arrivals is a food control which is aimed at food of animal origin introduced into Finland from other EU-member states and certain other countries*. The aim of the control of places of first arrivals is to ensure the food hygiene quality of the foodstuffs and to prevent the spread of animal diseases transmitted by these.

Receiving foodstuffs of animal origin from other EU-member states is considered activity at the place of first arrival which falls under the following instructions: 

1) The operator must send a report of commencing activity at the place of first arrival to Evira at least 14 days prior to commencing. The form is found on the right column. 

2) The operator must compose plan of in-house control and send it to Evira. More information in the Finnish web sites. In-house control is control in the company planned, made and reported by the operators themselves.

3) Foodstuffs of animal origin are only allowed to be received from EU-approved establishment. The lists of approved establishments by member states and countries outside EU are found on the Commissions web sites, link on the right column.

4) Received foodstudffs of animal origin must be reported to Evira every month at the latest the 15th day of the following month. The report form is found on the right column. On the report the foodstuffs must be categorized according to Evira's list, which is also found in the right column.

5) The operator at place of first arrivals must have a place of first arrivals, where the products are received primarily. The place of first arrivals may be for example warehouse, shop or any premises that are accepted as food premises by the local food control authorities. The foodstuffs of animal origin received in the place of first arrivals must be checked at arrival as well as the accompanying documents. The accompanying documents must be available for official controls any time in the address stated at the report of commencing.

6) Every lot of fresh and frozen pork, beef and poultry meat must be accompanied by a trade document according to Commission Regulation 1688/2005 Annex IV (found in the right column) about salmonella guarantees and a laboratory result of negative salmonella testing. In addition to this the operator must conduct an in-house salmonella testing according to a plan based on risk assessment.

Requirement of salmonella examination does not concern consignments from Sweden or Norway, or eggs, pork and beef that are intended for heat treatment in an establishment. However, they must be accompanied by a trade document according to the Commission Regulation 1688/2005.

7) Safeguard measures: in case of an outbreak of animal disease etc. the Commission may suspend trade from certain parts or countries ie. launch a safeguard measure. The operators must be knowledgeable about the current safeguard measures, for which the link on the right column.

8) In case of trade or suspect of trade of endangered species please contact Finland's Environmental Center about CITES-agreements.

9) Some non-EU countries with special agreements fall under the rules above. Please see the page "Import from countries with a special agreement".

All documents and further questions kindly by e-mail: ensisaapumisvalvonta(at) 

Categorization of foodstuffs (pdf)

Centralising the Control at place of first arrivals

Evira plans and directs the control at point of entry nationally. The municipalities carry out the controls according to the agreements made with Evira and under Evira's guidance.

For additional information:
Senior Officer Britta Wiander, 029 530 5381 




Approved establishments:

Safeguard measures: