As a member of the European Union (EU), Finland fully applies EU regulations on export certificates. In addition to certificates required by the EU, there are specific sanitary certificate requirement
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GAIN Report Number: FI1103
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards -
FAIRS Export Certificate Report
Mary Ellen Smith
As a member of the European Union (EU), Finland fully applies EU regulations on export certificates.
In addition to certificates required by the EU, there are specific sanitary certificate requirements with
regard to salmonella for imports of fresh meat, meat preparations and eggs into Finland.
Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) :
Being a member of the European Union (EU), Finland fully applies EU export certificate regulations.
For a list of EU-required export certificates and the products they cover, please refer to the U.S. Mission
to the European Union’s FAIRS Export Certificate GAIN report.
In addition to those certificates required by the EU, Finland also has specific salmonella certificate and
testing requirements for fresh meat, meat preparations or minced meat (with the exception of heat-
treated meats) and eggs exported to Finland. These requirements are regulated in Regulation (EC) No
1688/2005. According to EU Decision 2008/752, a declaration on the veterinary certificate for meat
products is enough to certify that the salmonella tests have been conducted according to 1688/2005  .
With regard to eggs and egg products, the specific salmonella requirements only apply to fresh eggs.
Heat treated egg products may be imported without salmonella certification. There are, however, no
establishments in the US approved for exports of fresh eggs to the EU.
 The model certificates in this regulation are intended for internal trade within the EU but were previously also used for
external trade with third countries. After the implementation of EU Decision 2008/752, however, a declaration on the
veterinary certificate for meat products is enough to certify that the salmonella tests have been conducted according to EU
Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s)
The purpose of the salmonella guarantee is to provide consumer protection. In its EU accession,
Finland and Sweden received a derogation allowing them to apply stricter salmonella controls than
other EU member countries. Finland and Sweden were granted additional salmonella guarantees
covering trade in fresh meat from bovines and hogs, fresh poultry meat and table eggs, which were
extended to minced meat. All consignments containing fresh meat, meat preparations or minced meat
(with the exception of heat-treated meats) are subject to salmonella control.
Salmonella regulations are stipulated in Commission Regulation (EC) No 1688/2005. These regulations
do not apply to imports from Norway and Sweden, since these countries have the same salmonella
status as Finland.
Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s)
Salmonella – Meat
The specific declaration (attestation) required on the veterinary certificate certifies that the product to be
imported into Finland fulfils the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1688/2005, implementing
Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards special
guarantees concerning salmonella for consignments to Finland and Sweden of certain meat and eggs.
Section IV. Government Certificate’s Legal Entry Requirements
Does the original certificate need to accompany the product at the time of entry?
The general principle is that certificates must be in the official languages of Finland, in Finnish or
Swedish. However, English versions are also accepted. Please contact the Finnish Food Safety
Authority and Customs for precise information.
Can the certificate be applied to multiple shipments?
No. The Certificate follows the individual consignment.
Will Finland accept a Supplier’s or Manufacturer’s Export Declaration as proof of compliance?
Certificate of salmonella guarantee must be issued by the competent authority. Suppliers or
Manufacturers Export Declaration is not accepted as proof of compliance.
Will Finland accept a U.S. State issued export certificate?
Yes, provided that it has been drawn up in accordance with the Model Certificates.
Will Finland derogate export certificates?
The EU has a bilateral mutual equivalency veterinary trade agreement with the United States facilitating
import procedures. However, the certificate requirements must be respected.
Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements
Please refer to the U.S. Mission to the European Union’s FAIRS Export Certificate GAIN report.
Disclaimer: This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service
in Stockholm, Sweden for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was
taken in the preparation of this report, 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 foreign customers,
who are 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.