Portugal-Food and Agricultural Import Regulations

An Expert's View about Trade Policy and Regulations in Portugal

Posted on: 11 Jan 2013

As a member of the European Union, Portugal applies EU harmonized regulation on export certificates for plant or animal products whether or not they are intended for human consumption.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 12/05/2012 GAIN Report Number: PT1206 Portugal Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification FAIRS Export Certificate Report Approved By: Robert Hanson, Agricultural Counselor Prepared By: Diogo Machado Mendes, Agricultural Specialist Report Highlights: As a member of the European Union, Portugal applies EU harmonized regulation on export certificates for plant or animal products whether or not they are intended for human consumption. However, in the absence of an EU-harmonized certificate, Portugal may require certain specific health certificates. TABLE OF CONTENTS General Information..………………………………………………………………………2 Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix)………….2 Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificates……………………………………….3 Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s)…………………….3 Section IV. Government Certificate’s Legal Entry Requirements………………………4 Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements………………………….….4 Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate…………………….4 Appendix II. Other Key Contacts ………………………………………………………….4 General information As a member of the European Union, Portugal applies EU harmonized regulation on export certificates for plant or animal products whether or not they are intended for human consumption. However, in the absence of an EU-harmonized certificate, Portugal may require certain specific health certificates. Competent authorities on certificates vary depending on the type of products. The Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DGADR) controls imports of feed and plant products while the Directorate General for Food and Veterinary (DGAV) is responsible for imports of live animals, animal products, and food products. Both directorates belong to the Ministry of Agriculture, Sea, Environment, and Land Planning (MAMAOT). The enforcement of Food Safety laws is the responsibility of the Portuguese Food Safety and Economic Agency (ASAE) within the Ministry of Economy. Food intended for human consumption must meet the general food safety requirements of EU law. Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix): Please consult the latest EU-27 FAIRS Export Certificate Report for the Export Certificates required for EU harmonized products. For the animal origin products for human consumption that are not harmonized at EU level, Portugal requires the exporting third country to supply a list of the establishments interested in exporting to Portugal. Moreover, Portugal requires that the country of origin confirms that these establishments comply with all the requirements concerning animal health and public health. The products that fall under this category are: FAIRS Certificate Report - Portugal 2012 Page 2 1. Honey and honey products: Decision 2011/163/EC, Decision 2003/812/EC, model health certificate in Regulation (EC) n. 2074/2005. 2. Snails: Decision 2003/812/EC, Decision 2006/766/EC, model health certificate in Regulation (EC) n. 2074/2005. 3. Frog legs: Decision 2003/812/EC, Decision 2006/766/EC, model health certificate in Regulation (EC) n. 2074/2005. 4. Eggs and egg products: Decision 2011/163/EC, Regulation (EC) n. 798/2008. On this subject please see GAIN Report on eggs and egg products. 5. Collagen: model health certificate in Regulation (EC) n. 2074/2005. The certificates must be issued before the consignment to which it relates leaves the control of the competent authority of the country of dispatch. Portugal’s Authorities have no tolerance for health certificates issued after the day of shipping. Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s) An overview of legally required certificates in the EU and references to the U.S. authority issuing these certificates is available at in the USEU website. For additional information on EU-Harmonized Certification Requirements, please consult the latest EU-27 FAIRS Export Certificate Report. Under this report, you may find information on the U.S. competent authority that is authorized to issue the food and agricultural import certificates required by the EU-27. Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s) Portugal grants duty free entry to giveaway samples if properly labeled. Samples are, however, subject to the same import documentation requirements that apply to normal commercial imports. They also require a nominal value for customs declaration purposes on the commercial invoice which must carry the statement “Samples without Commercial Value.” For detailed information on the EU-harmonized legislation on import procedures, please consult the USEU website and the latest EU FAIRS Export Certificate Report. Section IV. Government Certificate’s Legal Entry Requirements Please consult the USEU website and the latest EU FAIRS Export Certificate Report. FAIRS Certificate Report - Portugal 2012 Page 3 Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements Please consult the USEU website and the latest EU FAIRS Export Certificate Report. Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate Please consult the USEU website and the latest EU FAIRS Export Certificate Report. Appendix II. Other Key Contacts Food Security and Economic Authority (ASAE) Autoridade de Segurança Alimentar e Económica Av. Conde de Valbom, 98 1069-185 Lisboa Portugal Tel. (+351) 217 983 600 Fax: (+351) 217 983 654 Email: correio.asae@asae.pt Website: www.asae.pt Directorate General for Food and Veterinary Affairs (DGAV, former DGV) Direção Geral da Alimentação e Veterinária Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes, n.º 2 1249-105 Lisboa Portugal Tel. (+351) 21 3239500 Fax (+351) 21 3463518 Website: www.dgv.min-agricultura.pt/ Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DGADR) Direcção Geral de Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural Av. Afonso Costa, 3 1949-002 Lisboa Portugal Tel: 218442280 Fax: 218442202 Website: www.dgadr.pt Directorate General for Customs and Special Taxation on Consumption (DGAIEC) Direcção Geral da Alfandega e Dos Impostos Especiais sobre o Consumo FAIRS Certificate Report - Portugal 2012 Page 4 Rua da Alfandega, No. 5 r/c 1149-006 Lisboa Tel. 351-218813700 Fax: 351-218813990 Email: dgaiec@dgaiec.min-financas.pt www.dgaiec.min-financas.pt Directorate General for Customs and Special Taxation on Consumption (DGAIEC) Direcção Geral da Alfandega e Dos Impostos Especiais sobre o Consumo Direcção de Serviços do Licenciamentos (Import Certificates) R. Terreiro do Trigo Edif. Alfândega 1149-060 Lisboa Tel. 351-218814262 Fax 351-218814261 Email: dsl@dgaiec.min-financas.pt www.dgaiec.min-financas.pt European Union – Delegation of the European Union to the United States 2300 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037 Tel.: (202) 862-9500 Fax: (202) 429-1766 United States Mission to the European Union Office of Agricultural Affairs 27 Boulevard du Regent 1000 Brussels Belgium Tel.: +32-2-508 2760 Fax: +32-2-511 0918 Website: http://www.usda-eu.org/ E-mail: AgUSEUBrussels@fas.usda.gov The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Office for Spain and Portugal can also assist U.S. exporters FAIRS Certificate Report - Portugal 2012 Page 5 in obtaining specific national legislation on all food product directives. You may contact us at the following address: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Office of Agricultural Affairs American Embassy Madrid C/ Serrano, 75 – Box 20 28006 Madrid Spain Tel.: +34-91-587-2555 Fax: +34-91-587-2556 Website: http://www.embusa.es/fas/index.html Email: AgMadrid@usda.gov FAIRS Certificate Report - Portugal 2012 Page 6
Posted: 11 January 2013

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