Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

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

Posted on: 30 Dec 2011

As a member of the European Union (EU), Sweden fully applies EU regulations on export certificates.

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: 11/21/2011 GAIN Report Number: SW1108 Sweden Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification FAIRS Export Certificate Report Approved By: Mary Ellen Smith Prepared By: Asa Wideback Report Highlights: As a member of the European Union (EU), Sweden 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 Sweden. Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) : Being a member of the European Union (EU), Sweden 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, Sweden also has specific salmonella import certificate and testing requirements for fresh meat, meat preparations or minced meat (with the exception of heat-treated meats) and eggs. 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 [1]. 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. Finland is currently the only country that fulfills Sweden’s zero tolerance for salmonella and imports of fresh eggs from other countries are practically impossible. [1] 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 Regulation 1688/2005. Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s) Salmonella Guarantees The purpose of the salmonella guarantee is to provide consumer protection. In its EU accession, Sweden and Finland received a derogation allowing them to apply stricter salmonella controls than other EU member countries. Sweden and Finland 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 and the National Food Administration regulations (LIVSFS 2005:22). These regulations do not apply to imports from Norway and Finland, since these countries have the same salmonella status as Sweden. 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 Sweden 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 Salmonella - Meat Does the original certificate need to accompany the product at the time of entry? Yes. Sweden accepts certificates in Swedish and English. Can the certificate be applied to multiple shipments? No. The Certificate follows the individual consignment. Will Sweden accept a Supplier’s or Manufacturer’s Export Declaration as proof of compliance? Yes, this is acceptable for meats. Will Sweden accept a U.S. State issued export certificate? Yes, provided that it includes the specific declaration (attestation) that the product to be imported into Sweden fulfils the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1688/2005. Will Sweden 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. Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate Author Defined: 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.
Posted: 30 December 2011

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