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Veterinary border control - Introduction

The veterinary border control is a key factor to ensure that the live animals and products of animal origin entering to the European Union are safe and meeting the specific import conditions laid down in the Community legislation.

The imported live animals and products of animal origin present the highest level of risks as they can transmit serious human and animal diseases. Therefore it is necessary to subject them to specific controls at their point of entry, so called veterinary border inspection ports (BIPs).

A consignment of live animals or product of animal origin can only enter into the EU, if it has satisfactorily undergone the specific checks and a Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) is issued.