When importing products such as meat and fish, as well as other animal products, checks must be carried out to assess whether these products do not pose a health risk. This involves a special veterinary declaration. What does it involve?
Veterinary goods mean all products of animal origin. These can be live animals, meat, fish, but also dairy products, dung pellets, dog and cat food or spices. All these goods have to be checked by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) when entering the EU. Besides an import declaration, an application for inspection must also be made.
GGB stands for Common Health Entry Document. For each shipment, this document must be submitted through the NVWA’s national systems. After submitting the GGB, you will be informed of the checks carried out and the decision on admission. If the consignment meets the health requirements of the destination country, a veterinary certificate will be issued.
The inspection of veterinary products should be done at the first point of entry into the EU. This is to establish that animals and products do not pose a health risk. The goods must be notified to the NVWA at least one working day before their expected arrival. The veterinary check consists of three parts:
Questions about importing veterinary goods? Or do you need help with the declaration? Then Rotterdam Customs Services B.V. is ready to help you. Our experts have all the necessary knowledge and are always up to date with the latest changes in legislation.