Import from countries outside the EU – composite products

There are special EU import conditions for composite products. The conditions vary based on the type of product you intend to import. As an importer, you need to make sure that your composite product fulfill all the requirements, before entering it into the EU. You also need to know if the composite product needs to be subject to border control or not. Please note that new rules apply from 21 April 2021.

Composite products are foodstuffs containing both products of plant origin and processed products of animal origin. In accordance with Articles 1(2) and 6(4) of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, the composite products must be manufactured with processed products of animal origin produced in EU-approved establishments located either in EU Member States or in third countries authorised for the entry into the European Union of those processed products of animal origin.

Rules for the entry into the Union of composite products are laid down in Articles 12 to 14 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2019/625, which applied on 21 April 2021. The rules are proportionate to the risk presented by composite products and are no longer based on the amount of processed products of animal origin in the final product.

Composite products exempted from border control are listed in Regulation (EU) No 2021/630. These products need to fulfill the same requirements and be accompanied by a private attestation, but does not need to be presented to the EU border control post.

With a view to smoothen the transition, Article 35 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2020/2235 introduces a period of six months for the certificates that are accepted for imports of composite products.

The old health certificate will be accepted until 20 October 2021, if the certificate was issued before 21 August 2021. Where no certificate was required prior to 21 April 2021, then the new relevant health certificate or private attestation must be provided.

More information can be found on the EU Commission’s website.

Reviewed 2021-08-16