Import from countries outside the EU - animal products

When importing food of animal origin from a non-EU-country into the EU, the goods must be inspected at the EU border. There are a few exceptions such as composite products.

Border control inspections are only carried out at one of Sweden's border inspection posts.

Swedish National Food Agency's regulations on control of food of animal origin imported from third countries (LIVSFS 2004:3).

Before entering the EU, products of animal origin from countries outside the EU must be checked at an EU border inspection post. The Swedish border inspection posts may only receive packaged food.

Goods subjected to border control

A list of goods that shall undergo border control is found in Commission Decision 2007/275/EC.

Advance notice

Advance notice must be given of all consignments due to arrive at a border inspection post.


The basic charge for border control of a consignment containing foods of animal origin is 1000 SEK + 0.12 SEK per kg. Fees are higher if the inspection is carried out outside regular office hours. Sampling and analyses based on safeguard measures or suspicion of irregularities, are carried out at the expense of the importer.

Approved country

For food imports from non-EU countries, the countries must be approved by the EU Commission.

Approved establishment

Food stuffs of animal origin (meat, fish, milk, eggs and products thereof) must come from an EU approved establishment in the country of origin, and be accompanied by a health certificate. Lists of establishments in non-EU countries approved for import to the EU can be found on the EU Commission's web site.

Safeguard measures

Certain foods that are subjected to border control must undergo the controls stipulated in the relevant safeguard decisions.

Salmonella testing

All consignments containing fresh meat, or minced meat (with the exception of heat treated meat) are subject to salmonella control in the country of origin. So are hens' eggs for direct consumption. This has to be stated in the health certificate of the consignment.

Reviewed 2018-08-02