This report was prepared by the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products to Lithuania.
THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY
USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT
Required Report - public distribution
GAIN Report Number: LH1106
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards -
FAIRS Export Certificate Report
Lyubov Tmanova, Student Intern, Jolanta Figurska
Lithuania as a member of the European Union (EU) applies EU regulatory requirements for import of
products of animal or plant origin. The EU has harmonized export certification requirements for most
The EU requires products be accompanied by a sanitary-phytosanitary certificate at port of arrival.
This report should be read in conjunction with the EU-27 - Food and Agricultural Import Regulations
and Standards - Certification available via www.fas.usda.gov - Attaché Reports link.
Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) :
This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural
Service in Warsaw, Poland (also covering Lithuania) 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.
European Union (EU) legislation calls for many health and supervisory requirements that are meant to
guarantee that imports meet the standards of production in Member States.
The EU has established harmonized import requirements for animals and animal products applicable for
any Member State. The EU recognizes the U.S. as eligible to export all animal products to it. For
several products, the EU requires export establishments be pre-approved based on submissions made by
U.S. government. U.S. government agencies involved in defining EU eligible export establishments
are: the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
(APHIS), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Approved establishments may be subject to EU inspection. Lists of EU-approved animal and animal
product establishments are available on the USEU website at:
http://www.fas.usda.gov/posthome/useu/estab.html. The EU requires the animal or public health
certificate accompany each shipment and be signed and dated prior to shipment. The competent U.S.
certifying agent will delete any statement appearing on the EU model certificate that is not applicable.
The EU imposes a number of general requirements for all veterinary health certificates. Directive
2002/99/EC; Annex IV.6, stipulates that certificates must be issued before the consignments to which
they relate leave the control of the competent authority. Non-adherence to requirements of this directive
will lead to rejection of shipment at EU border entry point. For that reason, U.S. regulatory agencies
which issue veterinary health certificates (FSIS, APHIS and AMS) include this guidance specifically in
their export libraries.
The EU has harmonized import requirements for plants and plant products as well. Harmonized
requirements are published in a single directive. Unlike veterinary products, the EU employs only one
model certificate for all plants and plant products. This is consistent with international guidance as laid
out by the International Plant Protection Convention of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations (website: http://www.ippc.int/IPP/En/default.htm. For the U.S., the APHIS issues the
required phytosanitary certificate with the requisite attestations to specific requirements of the EU.
EU certification requirements for some products may be partially or not harmonized. For such products
rules of the individual Member State would apply. The import agent should have some guidance to
provide on the Member State requirement for that product. If not, request guidance on current
requirements from the U.S. Embassy’s Agricultural Office. Note: U.S. regulatory agencies that issue
export certificates usually identify a Member State’s specific requirements in their export libraries and
As a member of the European Union (EU), Lithuania fully applies EU regulations on export certificates.
It is difficult to specify the whole list of non-harmonized products, because it is not defined. Therefore,
the certificate requirement for a non-harmonized product would need to be requested from the
competent Lithuanian authority on a case-by-case basis.
Member States may also apply a waiver to harmonized EU certification requirements in case of
commercial samples. In this case the FAS offices in the Member States can also provide the necessary
information. Shipments to free zones and sea vessels only need to fulfill EU animal health requirements
as these goods are not subject to EU public health requirements.
Specific information on import and export procedures, regulations, and documentation applied in
Lithuania can be found online at the Seima custom border
http://www3.lrs.lt/pls/inter/w2008_home.home?p_kalb_id=2 and custom ports
http://old.cust.lt/en/rubric?rubricID=201. Supplemental information on free movement of goods in
Lithuania can be found at the http://ec.europa.eu/youreurope/business/profiting-from-eu-market/selling-
Appendix I: Government Regulatory Agency Contacts
The Ministry of Agriculture
Gedimino av. 19 (J. Lelevelio 6)
LT-01103 Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone: +370 5 239 1111
Fax +370 5 239 1212
State Food and Veterinary Service
Siesikų str. 19
LT-07170 Vilnius, Lithuania
Ph: +370 5 240 4361
Fax. +370 5 240 4362
Ministry of Health
Vilnius str. 33,
LT-01506 Vilnius, Lithuania
Ph: +370 800 66 004; +370 5 268 5110
Fax +370 5 266 1402
Ministry of Economy
Gedimino Ave. 38 / Vasario 16-osios st. 2,
LT-01104 Vilnius, Lithuania
Ph: +370 5 2625515; +370 5 262 6584
Fax: +370 5 262 3974
A. Jakšto g. 1/25
LT-01105 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel: +370 5 266 6111
Fax: +370 5 266 6010