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Notice: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from which the product will be exported, the area in which your office is located, or the area in which the product is manufactured.

Animal Products to Cyprus

Cyprus became a member state of the European Union on May 1, 2004. The European Union has harmonized import requirements for certain animal origin products. For harmonized certificates, please refer to the general information file for the European Union. Exporters must have their importers confirm with the appropriate Ministry of Animal Health that Cyprus will accept products on the appropriate EU certificate prior to shipment.

Information specific to Cyprus is below.

Shelf-stable requirement

Cyprus border inspection posts (BIPS) are only able to allow the import of consignments of materials that are shelf stable.  Refrigerated diagnostic and research samples are generally an exception to this requirement.

Language Requirement for Certificates

Cyprus generally requires certificates for consignments from the United States to be in both English and Greek. However, border inspection posts (BIPS) may be willing to accept English certificates with “professional translations” attached.  In these cases, APHIS does not certify (sign or seal) the separate translation.  In these cases, the importer can obtain an "official" translation of English certificates from any licensed translation service in Cyprus or Greece (or in some cases elsewhere). After APHIS endorses the English version, the U.S. exporter can send the certificate via a courier service to the importer who can then have the translation service attach the Greek translation prior to presentation to the BIP when the consignment arrives. If the importer has questions about whether a particular translation service is acceptable, they should check with the pertinent BIP. Alternatively, the exporter can work with their importer to create a truly bilingual version of the certificate prior to presentation to APHIS for endorsement.

*When there is Doubt Which Certification Requirements Apply* Steps to follow - September 2018 (pdf 12kb)

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