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  TR@CES - Issuing certificatesslide


'TRAde Control and Expert System' (TRACES) allows inspections to be carried out on following political fields :

  • Animal health: is the animal in good health or is there a risk of an epizootic - animal disease epidemic - starting in Europe?
  • Animal welfare(EU only): is the animal being transported in accordance with the relevant standards as indicated in Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005
  • Public veterinary health: are the animals and animal products fit for human consumption?

TRACES facilitates the decision-making process, by providing the competent authorities of the appropriate and consolidated legal references related to its' specific consignment, in one of the 22 official languages, in order to inform him of the applicable EU rules and inspections to be carried out.

TRACES distinguishes between various user types

  • by country:
    • EU
    • EFTA/EEA
    • Non EU
  • by authority:
    • Business users
    • Laboratory users
    • Local competent authorities: Local Veterinary Units (LVU) and Border Inspection Posts (BIP)
    • Regional and central authorities
    • Administrators
    • Commission officials
  • by domain:
    • Non-restricted and restricted
    • LMS
    • RASFF

    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. This guarantees health and food safety and simplifies trade within the EU and with Non EU Countries.

    In case of emergencies TRACES allows to retrace animal and animal product movements rapidly, so to react accordingly.

    See the 'Help to Decision' and 'Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed' (RASFF) to find more information about these features in TRACES.

Links in the chain

Links in the chain

  • Economic operator (Consignor) at the place of origin
  • Competent authority in the non EU country (local and central competent authority)
  • Competent authorities in the EU, EFTA/EEA countries (border inspection post, local competent authority, regional and central authority)
  • Economic operator (Consignee) at the place of destination

"INTRA" – health certificates for trade within the EU

An 'Intra Trade Animal Health' certificate (INTRA) in TRACES, involves EU, EFTA / EEA countries (LVU EU),

Trade is related to animals, animal products, by-products, semen and embryos.

Regulation (EC) No 599/2004

"IMPORT" – veterinary certificates for imports into the EU

The 'Veterinary certificate to EU' certificate (IMPORT) in TRACES, is initiated by a Non EU country (LVU non EU) and must be presented to the Customs Agent. This person is linked to the European Border Inspection Post (BIP) and may initiate a CVEDA or CVEDP certificate based onto this IMPORT certificate.

Trade is related to animals and animal products, by-products, semen and embryos from a non EU country to the EU, EFTA / EEA.

Regulation (EC) No 2007/240

Common veterinary entry document (CVED) type A (for live animals) or P (for animal products)

A Common Veterinary Entry Document for animals (CVEDA) or animal products (CVEDP) in TRACES, is most commonly initiated by the Customs Agent, who is linked to the European Border Inspection Post (BIP).

Such a CVED certificate may also be based upon an IMPORT certificate, already inserted and validated in TRACES by a non EU competent authority. Such a 'cloning' action in TRACES, not only allows to pre-notify the competent authorities involved, but also speeds up the administrative process at the border.

Regulation (EC) No 282/2004 CVEDA
Regulation (EC) No 136/2004 CVEDP

"EXPORT" – certificate for EU exports to Non EU Countries

An Export Health certificate (EXPORT) in TRACES, is initiated by an EU, EFTA / EEA country (LVU EU) and deals with consignments intended for export purposes to a non EU country

Within TRACES, an associated INTRA trade certificates will automatically be initiated whenever the EXPORT certificate concerns an export of live animals transiting through other EU Countries. Such an 'association' in TRACES, not only allows to notify other (EU) competent authorities involved, but also speeds up the administrative process.



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