Import of fresh meat

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Fresh meat means meat which is not processed in any way, and in which no additives or any other ingredients have been added; anyway also frozen meat is considered as fresh meat.

1. Import of fresh meat into EU allowed from countries mentioned in Commission Decision mentioned in Annex II in Part I in Council Decision 206/2010/EEC. Open the decision under the Eur-Lex link and after that on the “Consolidated legislation” on the left margin.

2. The meat must originate from EU –approved establishment. Lists of establishments you will find here.

3. The meat must accompanied by health certificate you`ll find in Commission Regulation 206/2010/EEC Annex II part 2 . The consignment must fulfil the requirements mentioned in this decision.

4.  The meat should be marked as stipulated in the Regulations No 854/2004 and 853/2004. Detailed instructions of the marking and about the stamps of meat are found in pages 20 (Reg. 854/2004) and 19 (Reg. 853/2004). In general: the whole carcase or half of the carcase must be marked, also if the meat is chopped into smaller pieces, there must be markings on the packages (see the health certificate point II.1.4). When importing meat into Finland, the health certificates are accepted in English, Swedish or in Finnish.

5.  The meat imported to Finland from outside the EU must undergo a veterinary border inspection before the entry to EU area. There are 4 Border Inspection Posts in Finland: Port of Helsinki, Helsinki-Vantaa`s airport, Port of Hamina and Vaalimaa Road. The fees for veterinary border inspections in Finland are stipulated in the decree of Evira´s tariff point 5.2. (only in Finnish). More information about veterinary border inspection on our website.

6. The check for veterinary border inspection should be booked at least one weekday before the consignment enters the EU by filling and sending the first page of Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) by TRACES –system to the border inspection post concerned. You can practice the using of TRACES –system. TRACES-system is complicated, so do follow the instructions. Traces helpdesk, tel. +358 40 146 7551, email: marko.saarikoski at-merkki-kapea.gif : 0 kB If necessary, please contact helpdesk circa 2 weeks before the actual import.

7. Following the safeguard measures is the responsibility of the importer.

8. Import of fresh meat is allowed from countries which have presented residue monitoring plans to the Commission. List of those countries you`ll find in the Annex of Commission Decision 2011/163/EY

For checking  the validity of the documentation in advance the scanned version should be sent to rajatarkastus at-merkki-kapea.gif : 0 kB

More information about the import of animal origin food from non-EU countries can be found in English and in Finnish.

The Finnish National Veterinary legislation - see the Eb 10 11§.



  •   Eur-Lex :
    • Council Decision 206/2010/EEC
    • Commission Decision 2011/163
    • Regulation No 854/2004
    • Regulation No 853/200
  •   Safeguard measures