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Treated feathers, Parts of Feathers and Down

1. The raw materials used in the production of treated feathers, parts of feathers and down must be sourced from Category 3 materials referred to in Article 10 (b)(v) and (h) and (n) in Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009.

 

1. Treated feathers, parts of feathers and down may be exported to the EU from any Third Country.

 

2. The treated feathers or parts of feathers shall comply with the requirements set out in Section 6 of Chapter II of Annex XIV in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011, namely:

 

  • If they are treated decorative feathers, treated feathers carried by travellers for their private use or consignments of treated feathers or down sent to private individuals for non-industrial purposes

or

 

  • If they are accompanied by a commercial document stating that the feathers and parts of feathers or down have been treated with a steam current or by another method that ensures that no unacceptable risks remain and are securely enclosed in packaging and dry

and

 

  • Unless the commercial document states that they have been factory-washed and treated with hot steam at 100 °C for at least 30 minutes, they are sent to a registered establishment or plant for such treatment.

3. Lists of approved establishments may be found here (Animal by-products: Section III)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. For imports of treated feathers, parts of feathers and down a health certificate is not required.

 

2. Veterinary checks are not required for treated decorative feathers, treated feathers carried by travellers for their private use or consignments of treated feathers or down sent to private individuals for non-industrial purposes.

 

3. For treated feathers, parts of feathers or down other that those in 2 above: a commercial document is required stating that:

 

  • The feathers and parts of feathers or down have been treated with a steam current; or by another method that ensures that no unacceptable risks remain
  • Are securely enclosed in packaging and dry
  • Unless the commercial document states that they have been factory-washed and treated with hot steam at 100 °C for at least 30 minutes, they are sent to a registered establishment or plant for such treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Consignments of treated feathers, parts of feathers and down (those that require veterinary checks) 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, 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.

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.