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Information Note for Pig Meat Traders

1st December 2007

To the trader named in the address.

Subject: Re-introduction of Export Refunds for Pigmeat

The European Commission have re-introduced export refunds for Pigmeat with effect from 30 November 2007. EU Regulation 1410/2007 is attached for your information.

Please note that the obligation is on the Trader to ensure that they are familiar with all EU Regulations governing the export of pig meat under the Export Refunds Scheme. The purpose of this notice is to advise of the re-introduction of a rate for pig meat and to outline the main administrative regulatory framework. The current sectoral regulation is Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1518/2003.

Traders who wish to apply for Advance Fixing Certificates are advised to submit their applications on the form which is at Annex 1of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000 of 9 June 2000 laying down common detailed rules for the application of the system of import and export licences and advance fixing certificates for agricultural products.

Conditions of Advance Fixing Certificates

Any export operations carried out under cover of an AFC must be carried out under the following conditions: -
- Only the product indicated at box 16 should be exported;
- Within the validity period of the licence;
- To the country of destination as indicated at box 7, where that destination is compulsory, and if not, within the same export refund rate zone;
- The quantity exported must be no more than 5% in excess of the quantity specified in box 17 and 18;
- Any special conditions and particulars indicated in boxes 20 and 22 must be observed.

Further conditions may apply. Please consult the relevant regulations.

Traders must ensure that they submit a guarantee either before or with their application. Guarantees may be in the form of a bank guarantee or a bank draft. Personal cheques are not acceptable.

A copy of an approved bank guarantee is available if required.

Traders who apply for Advance Fixing Certificates are reminded of their obligations to export the product under Commission Regulation (EC) No 800/99 of 15 April 1999 laying down common detailed rules for the application of the system of export refunds on agricultural products.

Traders must provide proof that the goods left the Customs territory of the Community within 60 days of the date they were placed under Customs Control.

  • For direct exports, this proof consists of the export declaration ( SAD Ex document which is also the payment claim) endorsed by the Irish Customs Authorities.
  • For exports in transit by road or rail through another Member State, this proof consists of the T5 form.

The appropriate EU Regulations can be found on the EU website at: -

Finally, please note that Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food staff at pig meat production plants should be given 24 hours notice of intention to produce Export Refund product.

Any queries should be addressed to: