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TRACES (30-04-2014)

TRACES newsletter - Issue n°2/2014

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Issue n°2/2014


Trade Control and Expert System

Dr. Didier Carton



By Dr Didier Carton - Head of TRACES Sector, Directorate General for Health and Consumers, European Commission


On behalf of the TRACES team, I have the pleasure of presenting a new issue of the newsletter, devoted to a particular event: the 10th anniversary of TRACES.

In fact, TRACES was launched on 1st April 2004. The active participation of the majority of EU Member States during the first months after the launch was crucial to improve TRACES according to the users wishes prior to the mandatory entry into force on 1st January 2005.

In 10 years, TRACES has grown bigger by diversifying its activities and users. Besides the initial certification module for intra-Union trade and veterinary border control, many other modules were introduced: in 2006, the export certification to the EU, in 2007 the management module for listing establishments approved to export to the EU, in 2008 the control module for animal welfare during transportation, in 2009 the export certification to the non-EU countries module and the link to RASFF, in 2011 the border control module for the products of non-animal origin, in 2012 the management module for re-enforced checks programme and in 2013 the border control module for plants. The enlargement increased the number of EU Member States using TRACES from 15 to 25, then 27 and 28 at a compulsory level, like for the EFTA countries.

As from 2008, also non-EU countries and Overseas territories started using TRACES, increasing the number of non-EU countries to 37.

The team is working at the development of TRACES New Technology (TNT) in order to tackle the challenges of the system-to-system connection and the electronic certification and other improvements.

Enjoy the read!

What is TRACES?

The 'TRAde Control and Expert System' (TRACES) is a management tool for tracking the movements of animals, products of animal and non-animal origin and also of plants, from both outside the European Union and within its territory. For more information, have a look at the TRACES presentation.  

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10th Anniversary of TRACES 

68 countries use TRACES worldwide

On 1st April 2014 TRACES celebrated its 10th Anniversary. In the past 10 years, many countries have received training on the use of TRACES, and now 68 countries worldwide are using the system.

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Worldwide presence

Europe: 28 EU Member States, 4 EEA/EFTA Countries, Andorra, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Kosovo, San-Marino, Serbia.

America: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Falklands Islands, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, United States, Uruguay.

Oceania: French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Republic of Fiji.

Africa: Algeria, Benin, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda.

Documents and certificates in TRACES

More than 9, 6 million of consignments certified in EU and EFTA countries in 10 years

Documents and certificates in TRACES

A video about TRACES

To mark this important achievement, we are glad to present the video with all the most important milestones of TRACES!

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News from the system

TRACES new version (6.11)

TRACES version 6.11 has been installed on 14 April 2014. The key improvements regard:

º TRANS module

º When searching by 'Status' criterion, customs agents (person responsible for the load) and competent authorities receive a list of documents filtered by the requested status.

º Additionally, attachments are no longer copied to a new document when using the 'Copy as new' function.

º CVED module

º Consulting the 'Similar rejected' tab is no longer obligatory if both CVED-P and RASFF notification have a status 'In Progress'.

º Several technical modifications have been introduced to improve the re-enforced checks (REC) programme module performance in TRACES: under the REC programme, it is possible from to search by criterion "Approval number" of the establishment and "Physical check" result will be pre-defined as 'Not satisfactory' when a CVED is issued for consignments under REC programme.

º EXPORT module

º Both country of destination and the name of the place of loading are displayed in a certificate pdf version.

For more details about the TRACES version 6.11, you can download the release note in English, French, German and Spanish.

New members

Ivory Coast issued the first health certificate in TRACES on 9th April 2014. Congratulations to Ivory Coast and welcome in TRACES!

Pilot project

Member States of Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA)

Bosnia and Herzegovina started the testing phase to issuing certificates for dairy products having as destination the CEFTA countries. The issuance of actual certificates for trade is expected soon.

Data exchange between bovine identification database (BOVEX)

The pilot project initiated by Italy and Spain on data exchange continues and France started to issuing certificates in the testing environment.



Amended certificates





Veterinary certificate for certain meat products and treated stomachs, bladders and intestines intended for consignment to the European Union from third countries


Commission Implementing Decision of 27 March 2014 amending Decision 2007/777/EC as regards the importation of meat products, treated stomachs, bladders and intestines prepared from fresh meat of domestic poultry, including meat of farmed and wild game birds

Veterinary certificate applicable to imports into and transits through the Union of semen of domestic animals of the bovine species collected, processed and stored in accordance with Council Directive 88/407/EEC, dispatched from a semen collection centre where the semen was collected


Commission Implementing Decision of 9 April 2014 amending the Annexes to Implementing Decision 2011/630/EU as regards animal health requirements relating to bluetongue and epizootic haemorrhagic disease



Fish caught by vessels flagged to Belize are prohibited as from 28 March 2014

Belize is listed as non-cooperating third country regarding the implementation of IUU-legislation according to Council Implementing Decision 2014/170/EU, which entered into force on 28/03/2014, and by virtue of Article 38 of Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008. Any importation of fishery products, as defined in Article 2(8) of Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008, originating from fish caught by vessels flagged to Belize are prohibited as from that date.



Jordan, January 2014

Under the TAIEX (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange) Instrument, the workshop held in Amman from 19th to 23rd January trained the authorities to the use of the TRACES EXPORT module and the border controls module.

16 representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, 5 of which were inspectors of Border Inspection Posts and 5 were certifying officials, were trained in the use of TRACES to issue EXPORT certificates of horse meat and leather.

Cuba, February 2014

Under the "Better Training for Safer Food" "training initiative of the European Commission, a workshop held in the Havana from 9th to 14th February aimed at training the certifying officers of the Ministry of Agriculture (Instituto de Medicina Veterinaria) and of the Ministry of Food Industry (Direccion de Calidad y Tecnologia) to the EXPORT certification module of TRACES.

Cuba exports to the EU mainly products of animal origin (like honey) and fishery products and represents among the Caribbean Countries the first exporter of products of animal origin to the EU.

During two training sessions, 25 persons were trained to the use of EXPORT module of TRACES: 5 certifying officers form the Institute of Veterinary Medicine (IMV), 3 certifying officers from the Ministry of Food Industry (MINAL), several representatives of the three national companies as well as representatives from the Ministry of External Trade (MINCEX), from the National Office for Fishery Inspection (ONIP) and from the National Centre of Quality Inspections (CNUC).

Russia, February 2014

A fruitful discussion between TRACES and the Russian authorities took place in Moscow from 27th to 28th February. The main focus was the fight against fraud and certification system concerning the trade between Russia and the European Union. The TRACES pre-notification system for the export of products was presented to the Russian authorities and a pilot project between TRACES and the Russian electronic application shall be launched.

Spain, March 2014

Under the 'Better Training for Safer Food "training initiative of the European Commission, a training addressed to Member States was held from 25th to 28th March with a specific focus on the use of TRACES for intra-Union trade of animals.



Documents and certificates in TRACES
Documents and certificates in TRACES





Are you an economic operator trading with the European Union? Or an official veterinarian dealing with health certificates? Visit the TRACES website for more information or visit the TRACES Toolkit to have access to all users' manuals, video and templates.

Don't hesitate to contact the TRACES Helpdesk for any question.



For specific questions, contact the TRACES team at or get in contact with the TRACES Helpdesk: +32 2 297 63 50

Visit the following sites for more information:

  • Visit the TRACES website
  • Visit the TRACES Toolkit to access manuals, videos and "templates" of TRACES
  • Visit the website of non-EU countries establishment lists for all questions on 'Approved establishment lists' (LMS).
  • Visit the RASFF website for all questions on 'Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed' (RASFF).
  • Visit the BTSF website for all questions on 'Better Training for Safer Food' (BTSF).

Visit the "Export Helpdesk" for all questions on non-veterinary/sanitary matters like market access, VAT, customs.

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