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Apiculture By-Products

1. Apiculture by-products is defined, in Annex 1 to Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011, as honey, beeswax, royal jelly, propolis or pollen not intended for human consumption.

2. The raw materials used in the production of apiculture by-products must be sourced Category 3 material referred to in Article 10(e) of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009.

3. An apiculture by-product can be imported provided that it:

  • Comes from an approved country/part of a country
  • Comes from an approved establishment
  • Is accompanied by and conforms to the requirements of an agreed veterinary health certificate/commercial document.

 

1. Apiculture by-products intended for use in apiculture may be exported to the EU from Third Countries listed in Part 1 of Annex II to Regulation (EU) No. 206/2010, and the following country:

 

  • Cameroon

 

2. Lists of approved establishments for apiculture by-products intended for use in apiculture may be found here (Animal by-products: Section IV).

3. Beeswax for purposes other than for feeding to farmed animals may be exported to the EU from any Third Country.

 

4. Lists of approved establishments for beeswax for purposes other than for feeding to farmed animals may be found here (Animal by-products: Section IV).

 

 

5. Apiculture by-products intended for use in apiculture (other than beeswax) in the form of honeycomb must have been subjected to a temperature of – 12 °C or lower temperature for at least 24 hours.

 

6. In the case of beeswax, the material has been processed in accordance with any of the processing methods 1 to 5 or processing method 7, as set out in Chapter III of Annex IV to Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011 and refined before importation.

 

7. In the case of beeswax, other than beeswax in the form of honeycomb, for purposes other than feeding to farmed animals, the beeswax has been refined or processed in accordance with any of the processing methods 1 to 5 or processing method 7, as set out in Chapter III of Annex IV to Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011 before importation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Apiculture by-products intended for use in apiculture shall be presented at a Community Border Inspection Post accompanied by a veterinary health certificate, drawn up in conformity with the model certificate found in Chapter 13 of Annex XV in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.

2. Beeswax intended for purposes other than feeding to farmed animals shall be presented at a Community Border Inspection Post accompanied by a commercial document attesting the refinement or processing laid out in the Import Conditions described above.

3. The certifying veterinarian should ensure that only the relevant paragraphs and, where appropriate, additional guarantees and/or special conditions applicable to the exporting country are included.

 

 

 

 

1. Consignments of apiculture by-products entering the EU must be inspected at an EU-approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) where Member States' official veterinarians ensure they fulfil all the requirements provided for in the EU legislation.

2. The person responsible for the load being imported (the importer or a customs agent acting on their behalf) must give the BIP at the intended point of entry advance notification of the arrival of the consignment.

3. There is a required minimum pre-notification notice period of at least 24 hours’ notice in advance of the consignment’s arrival.

4. Failure to submit correct documentation within this timeline may result in significant delays in the consignment being processed through the Border Inspection Post.

5. Pre-notification is given by the submission of Part 1 of the Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED-P), as is laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 136/2004, through the online TRACES system.

6. Copies of other supporting documentation associated with the consignment should be submitted at this time as well - such as the Health Certificate/commercial document, Invoice, Packing list etc.

1. Providing all the documentation has been submitted correctly and within the correct timeframes, a large proportion of the documentary check can be commenced in advance of the consignment’s arrival. This includes examination of the veterinary certificate and other documents accompanying a consignment.

    • Please note the original hard copy of the health certificate must travel with the consignment, and will be checked and held at the BIP at the point of entry into the EU.

    2. Provided all is in order with the documentary check, the consignment will then be subject to an identity check at the BIP to ensure it identifies with the consignment that was declared in the documentation.

    3. A proportion of consignments will be selected for a full physical inspection with/without sampling as appropriate.

    4. Upon satisfactory completion of the required checks, the decision is entered in Part 2 of the CVED which must accompany the consignment to the first place of destination referred to in the CVED.

    5. If the consignment does not meet the import requirements, the consignment may be rejected and either re-exported or destroyed.