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New digital requirements for Canadian commercial animal and food products exported to the European Union

Ottawa, ONAnd January 7 2022 /CNW/ – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has taken steps to help Canadian companies use the European Union’s digital export certification system called Trade Control and New Expert System (TRACES NT).

impact January 15 2022, the EU will require industry to use updated export certificates to maintain market access due to the Animal Health Act (AHL) that came into effect in the spring of 2021. All commercial animal and food products exported to the EU must be accompanied by import documents that will now be prepared In TRACES NT, to serve as advance notification of the arrival of the shipment. This means that control authorities at EU borders or at points of destination can plan their own controls and safe inspection times.

Export Certificates will be accessed and approved by CFIA online through TRACES NT. Using TRACES NT for certification will speed up clearance package preparation and clearance times for Canadian exports, resulting in a more efficient process. Canadian agricultural and food companies will have a safer and more streamlined process of accessing EU markets.

Canada They are known to have robust animal health and food safety systems in place. AHL-related changes in combination with TRACES NT certification will benefit agricultural and food businesses by ensuring more efficient service while continuing to protect food and animal products.

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  • The European Commission Animal Health Act (AHL) came into force in April 21, 2021. The entry into force of the EU AHL means that updated export certificates are required.
  • The AHL contains detailed requirements on establishments’ registration and approval, animal traceability, animal health requirements for the movements and entry of animals and their products into the union, and specific measures for the prevention and control of animal diseases.
  • Existing export certificates will be accepted by the European Union until March 15, 2022Provided that it is signed by January 15 2022.
  • Estimated number of annual exporters to the European Union
    • Nutrients: 1065 sources (845 fish and seafood / 220 non-fish and seafood)
    • Animal: 230 sources

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For more information: Media Relations, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 613773-6600, [email protected]

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