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Personal Consignments of Products of Animal Origin

  1. Commission Regulation (EC) 206/2009 lays down rules concerning the introduction of personal consignments of products of animal origin.
  1. This encompasses such consignments relating to a traveller's personal luggage as well as those sent by mail.
  1. The regulation does not apply to personal consignments from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, nor in relation to fishery product consignments from the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
  1. The following table lays down the allowances for the various product categories:

Consignment Type

Allowed/ Not Allowed

Weight Allowed

Any exceptions/ specific conditions

Meat, Milk and Milk or Meat products

Not allowed

N/A

< 10kg allowance from the Faeroe Islands, Greenland or Iceland permitted

Powdered Infant Milk, Infant Food and Special Foods for medical reasons

Allowed

< 10 kg for Faeroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland

 

 

< 2kg for other countries

Must not require refrigeration before opening

 

Must be a packaged proprietary brand product for direct sale to the final consumer

 

Packaging must be unbroken unless in current use

Pet Food for medical reasons

Allowed

< 10 kg for Faeroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland

 

< 2kg for other countries

Must not require refrigeration before opening

 

Must be a packaged proprietary brand product for direct sale to the final consumer

 

Packaging must be unbroken unless in current use

Fishery Products

Allowed

 

< 20 kg or a single fish (if this weight is higher)

No weight restriction from the Faeroe Islands or Iceland

Other Animal Products for personal human consumption (e.g. honey, live oysters, live mussels, snails etc.)

Allowed

<10 kg  for Faeroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland

 

< 2 kg for other countries

 

5. Consignments from protected species may have additional restrictions in place e.g. caviar from sturgeon species has a maximum weight allowance of 125g per person.

The following products are exempted from these rules:

 

Bread, cakes, biscuits, chocolate and confectionery (including sweets) not mixed or filled with meat product

Food supplements packaged for the final consumer

Meat extracts and meat concentrates

Olives stuffed with fish

Pasta and noodles not mixed or filled with meat product

Soup stocks and flavourings packaged for the final consumer

Any other food product not containing any fresh or processed meat or dairy and with less than 50 % of processed egg or fishery products

  1. The EU member state is obliged to ensure that at the point of entry into the Community, they bring these regulations to the attention of the travellers in the form of informative posters etc.
  1. International passenger transport operators and postal services shall also draw the attention of their customers to this regulation.
  1. The competent authority to carry out official controls on personal consignments of products of animal origin is responsible for organising effective controls at the points of entry into the European Community.
  1. These controls shall be carried out along with the use of effective detection aids such as scanners or detection dogs to screen personal baggage.
  1. Any consignments found to be in breach of the regulations shall be seized and destroyed in accordance with national legislation.
  1. The person responsible for the personal consignment found to be in breach of the rules may also be subject to penalty fees.
  1. Any queries on personal consignments of products of animal origin should be sent to:  

Animal Product Imports

  1.  Guide to Animal Product Imports as Personal Baggage (pdf 700Kb)