Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

An Expert's View about Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Belgium

Posted on: 22 Jan 2012

This report lists the required export certificates for exports to Belgium, which are not EU harmonized. Export Certificate Matrix is included.

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: 11/29/2011 GAIN Report Number: B1006 Belgium-Luxembourg Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification FAIRS Export Certificate Report Approved By: Mary Ellen Smith Prepared By: Bob Flach Report Highlights: This report lists the required export certificates for exports to Belgium, which are not EU harmonized. Export Certificate Matrix is included. Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) : Title of Attestation Required on Certificate Purpose Requesting Comments Product Certificate Ministry Colostrum Health The declaration needs to correspond Health FAVV The FDA and AMS are, Certificate with the EC health certificate required Certificate however, not able to for the import of heat treated milk for certify such a certificate human consumption with the exception for colostrum. of: -11.1a sub VI regarding the cell count Contact FAS The Hague and the number of somatic cells for latest status. -11.1c regarding the requirements for the heat treatment. FAVV = Federal Agency for Food Safety Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s) Belgium, as a member of the EU, conforms to all EU regulations and directives. We therefore recommend that this report is read in conjunction with the EU FAIRS Export Certificate Report (GAIN Report Number E60015), and the EU FAIRS Country Report (E57011) both produced by the US Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium (USEU). For updated reports please contact the USEU or the FAS website: http://www.fas.usda.gov/posthome/useu/ or http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Pages/Default.aspx Unfortunately for exporters, the EU’s rules on certification for imports are complicated and are not always harmonized across Member States. This report lists the required export certificates for exports to Belgium, which are not yet harmonized. Both veterinary inspection and food inspection are within the domain of the Federal Agency for Food Safety (FAVV). The FAVV belongs to the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Environment. The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment of this Ministry is in charge of policy and legislation on food issues. Federal Agency for Food Safety CA Botanique - Food Safety Center Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 55 B-1000 Brussels, Belgium Phone: +32 2 211 82 11 E-mail: Info@favv-afsca.be www.favv.be The Federal Public Service for Health Food Chain Safety and Environment Eurostation II Place Victor Horta, 40 box 10 B-1060 Brussels, Belgium Phone : +32 (0)2 524 90 90 E-mail: fonctionnaire-information@health.fgov.be www.health.fgov.be Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s) For dairy products, USDA/AMS must first endorse the Public Health Attestation and then the exporter should take the Certificate to APHIS for endorsement. Section IV. Government Certificate’s Legal Entry Requirements General principles of certification are laid down in Council Directive 2002/99/EC: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2003:018:0011:0020:EN:PDF One of the principles is that: "The certificate must be issued before the consignment to which it relates leaves the control of the competent authority of the country of dispatch”. This means that the Health Certificate must be issued and signed before the shipment which it relates to leaves the United States. Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements See comment under Section III. Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate Certificate for Colostrum Author Defined: Related reports from FAS offices in the EU: Visit the USEU website: the website http://www.fas.usda.gov/posthome/useu/provides a broad range of useful information on EU import rules and food laws and allows easy access to USEU reports, trade information and other practical information. Report Number Title Date Released NL1001 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards 02/09/2011 Country Report – The Netherlands E60015 EU FAIRS Certificate Report 03/23/2011 E57011 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards 12/22/2010 Country Report – European Union These reports can be accessed through the FAS website: http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Pages/Default.aspx DISCLAIMER: This report has been prepared by the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in The Hague, The Netherlands for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, the information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their Belgian customer (importer), who is normally best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped. Final import approval of any product is subject to the importing country’s rules and regulations as interpreted by border officials at the time of product entry.
Posted: 22 January 2012

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