Advance notice (Traces) - import of animal products

On this page you will find information regarding advance notice of consignments for import.


Food consignments from outside the EU having to undergo border control must be pre-notified to a Border Inspection Post (BIP, for products of animal origin) or a Designated Point of Entry (DPE, for products of non-animal origin) run by the National Food Agency.

Pre-notification must be done through the web-based system TRAde Control and Expert System (Traces). The use of Traces requires a user account, and the organization you represent must be registered in Traces. In exceptional cases, paper based registration can be done.

Pre-notification is done by filling out the Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) for products of animal origin, and the Common Entry Document (CED) for products of non-animal origin.

Currently, Traces cannot be used for Food Contact Materials (FCM) and some products of non-animal origin. However, most products of non-animal origin requiring border control can be pre-notified through Traces.

A manual (only in Swedish) for the registration of users and organizations is available.

There is a link to Traces to the right under "More about advance notice".


Pre-notification must be sent at the latest 24 hours prior to arrival of the consignment to the territory of Sweden. A consignment arriving on Saturday or Sunday must be pre-notified at the latest by 01.00 pm the last workday before arrival to the BIP / DPE.

Normally control is carried out on the first workday after pre-notification, provided that the original documents have been submitted to the BIP.

Consignments with products of animal origin transshipped in a port or airport for onward transportation to another BIP (in Sweden, another EU country or any non-EU country) must be notified no later than the time of arrival. Discharge date and time must be indicated in the CVED.

If a consignment arriving at Arlanda airport is pre-notified on a paper form instead of in Traces, the pre-notification must be sent to the Stockholm port BIP / DPE.

Addresses and opening hours of BIP's / DPE's 

Swedish Border Inspection Posts for animal products - BIP
Swedish Designated  Points of Entry for  products of non-animal origin and kitchen ware - DPE

Reviewed 2020-08-06