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'TRAde Control and Expert System' (TRACES) allows you to produce and exchange certificates, related to animals, animal products, by-products, semen and embryos, in 22 official EU languages, based upon the last consolidated model.

TRACES allows you to create and print accompanying health certificates:

Trade within the EU

Trade within the EU

EU/EFTA/EEA economic operators (private sector; Consignor) can initiate online a certificate by filling in Part I of the INTRA trade certificate; which involves the details of the consignment.

The EU/EFTA/EEA competent authority at the place of origin (Local Veterinary Unit - LVU 1) fills in Part II of the INTRA trade certificate; which is the health attestation of the consignment, so to validate or reject the consignment for transportation to its final destination.

A competent authority along the route (LVU 2) or at the destination (LVU 3) may verify the consignment and fill out Part III of the certificate; which involves the checks or control part of the consignment.

Via TRACES, all the competent authorities are kept informed via automatically triggered notifications at every stage of the process, and can get into contact with each other. At any time, persons involved in the consignment can get direct access to certificate data, via TRACES online.

Non EU consignments coming to the EU

Non EU consignments coming to the EU


IMPORT certificate (optional)

Similar to the trade within the EU; non EU economic operators (private sector; Consignor) can initiate online a certificate by filling in Part I of the certificate for export to the EU (IMPORT); which involves the details of the consignment.

The non EU competent authority at the place of origin (Local Veterinary Unit - LVU 1) fills in Part II of the certificate for export to the EU (IMPORT); which is the health attestation of the consignment, so to validate or reject the consignment for transportation to the European Border Inspection Post.

See Access Non EU Countries for more information


CVED certificate

At the European border, if an IMPORT certificate has been validated by a non EU competent authority, the person responsible for the load (Customs Agent) will use the information from the IMPORT certificate to initiate Part I of the CVED certificate. This is done by 'cloning' /copying the data from the IMPORT to the CVED.

If no IMPORT certificate exists, the person responsible for the load (Customs Agent), will initiate Part I of the CVED certificate.

Both workflows will pre-notify the competent authority at the European border; the border inspection post (EU BIP).

Once the European border inspection post (EU BIP) completes Part II of the CVED certificate; which is the health attestation of the consignment, the consignment may be rejected or validated for transportation to its final destination (within the EU).

Note: At the moment of certification (Part II of the CVED certificate), there will be an additional coherence check, when the consignment concerns animal products subject to prior approval by the EU of non EU establishments.

See 'Approved establishment lists' (LMS) for more information.

Via TRACES, all the competent authorities are kept informed via automatically triggered notifications at every stage of the process, and can get into contact with each other. At any time, persons involved in the consignment can get direct access to certificate data, via TRACES online.

EU consignments going to a non-EU country

EU consignments going to a non-EU country


Similar to the trade within the EU; EU/EFTA/EEA economic operators (private sector; Consignor) can initiate online a certificate by filling in Part I of the certificate for export to a non EU country (EXPORT); which involves the details of the consignment.

The EU/EFTA/EEA competent authority at the place of origin (Local Veterinary Unit - LVU 1) fills in Part II of the certificate for export to a non EU country (EXPORT); which is the health attestation of the consignment, so to validate or reject the consignment for transportation to its final destination.

In case the consignment passes through other Member States, before leaving the European Union, Part II of the Associated INTRA trade certificate (A-INTRA) will be automatically presented. Thus, the EU/EFTA/EEA fulfils both attestations at the same time.

Via TRACES, all the competent authorities are kept informed via automatically triggered notifications at every stage of the process, and can get into contact with each other. At any time, persons involved in the consignment can get direct access to certificate data, via TRACES online.

 
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