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International Affairs - Import Conditions - Third Countries

Food products of animal origin are allowed into the European Union only if they come from an approved establishment in a third country. An establishment that would like to start export to the EU, should contact the relevant authorities in their country. If the competent authority considers that the establishment fulfils the requirements of the EU legislation, the competent authority can submit an application for approval to the European Commission.
The legal basis for this procedure is laid down in Article 11 and 12 of Regulation (EC) No 854/2004.