Regulations and Assessments
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.
Animal Products to European Union
Member states of the European Community (EU):
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (including French Guiana), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Additional information for individual EU countries may also be available, if the EU does not have harmonized requirements for an import, or if the specific importing country has different or additional requirements. Please be certain to check not only the below links but also the pages for the specific EU destination country and the EU country of the Border Inspection Post (BIP) (if different than the destination country). Important additional country-specific information may be available under the pages for the specific EU countries.
Harmonized certificates for the European Union, including those available under the individual EU Member Country pages, should NOT be transferred to letterhead prior to endorsement. The certificates should instead be printed by the endorsing office onto VS Security Paper prior to endorsement.
Export Certificates Must be Endorsed Prior to Shipment. The EU has reiterated export certificates must be issued prior to the date of export. Exporters should be advised that VS will not pre-date export certificates, and they must get their certificates prior to export.
Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED): The CVED is not a document prepared or endorsed in the United States. The CVED is prepared by the EU importer (or in the case of shipments transiting the EU, by the individual responsible for the consignment while it is in the EU) and submitted to the EU border inspection post (BIP). The BIP finalizes the CVED prior to release of the shipment for movement within the EU. APHIS does not endorse CVEDs.
Delete as Appropriate Statements - August 2011 (pdf 70kb)
Materials NOT of animal-origin - April 2013 (pdf 13kb)
Personal Consignments of Products of Animal Origin (Passenger Baggage) - May 2009 (pdf 70kb)
Last Modified: August 6, 2013