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1. Re-importation of products of animal origin in Ireland is in accordance with Article 14 and 15 of Council Directive 97/78/EC

2. Member States shall authorise re-importation of consignments of products of Community origin that were refused by a third country provided that the consignment is accompanied by:

a. Either the original health certificate or a copy authenticated by the competent authority which issued the original certificate.

b. Details of the reason for refusal of the consignment.

c. A guarantee that the conditions governing the storage and transport of the products has been observed, stating that the products have not undergone any handling.

i. Or in the case of sealed container, a certificate from the carrier stating that the load has not been handled or unloaded should be provided.

3. The consignment in question must undergo a documentary and identity check, and a physical check if appropriate.

4. The consignment must be directly returned to the establishment of origin in the Member State where the health certificate was issued.

a. If transit across another Member State is involved, it must have been previously authorised by the official veterinarian of the Border Inspection Post of the Member State where the consignment first arrives into the EU territory, on behalf of all Member States through which the consignment will transit.

5. A Member State cannot oppose the reintroduction of a consignment of products of Community origin refused by a third country if the competent authority that issued the original health certificate has agreed to take the consignment back and the conditions as described above have been met.

6. Transport of the consignment back to the establishment of origin should be done so in a leak-proof means of transport, identified and sealed by the competent authority so that the seals will be broken wherever the container is opened.

Procedure for Re-imports

1. The re-import procedure begins by applying to obtain a VET 14 Authorisation to Present a Consignment for Re-import document.

2. The VET 14 application form is available in the section below titled ‘Application Forms’ or from Animal Products Imports, 1 East, Agriculture House, Kildare St. Dublin 2.


3. For re-imports of fishery products, the VET14 form can be obtained from the section below titled ‘Application Forms’ or from the Food Safety Unit, SFPA, Block B, Clogheen, Clonakilty, Co. Cork,


4. No attempt should be made to re-import a consignment until a VET 14 has been issued.

1. The following documents should be sent to: to facilitate the re-import application being processed.

2. Whilst scanned copied of these following documents are acceptable to process the application, originals of the documentation are required when the consignment is presented for veterinary checks at the Border Inspection Post

a. The original health certificate issued with the consignment.

i. Where this is unavailable, a copy of the original health certificate officially endorsed as such by the officer that issued the original.

ii. In the cases where no health certification was issued at export, the export documentation or a copy officially endorsed of such export documentation should be provided

b. Details of the reasons for refusal, i.e. a written statement from the official veterinary or customs authorities of the country of destination or the customer, giving precise details of the reasons for refusals of the goods including whether the consignment was subject to rejection by the official authorities or the customer.

c. A non-manipulation certificate,  which can be an official certificate to the effect that after export and on arrival in the country of destination:

i. the goods were not interfered with other than for inspection purposes

ii. the conditions governing the storage and transport of products have been observed and that they did not commingle with any products of a lesser health status

iii. that the products concerned have not undergone any handling

3. Sealed containers, (other than those with the export seal still intact) should be accompanied by a certificate from the carrier stating that the content has not been handled or unloaded.

a. Where a container is opened for inspection purposes and re-sealed under Veterinary/Customs control in the country of destination, the Certificate of non-manipulation will show the new seal number.

4. On receipt of the VET14 re-import license, the consignment must be pre-notified to the Border Inspection Post (BIP) of import using part 1 of the CVED form (Annex III to Commission Regulation (EC) No 136/2004via the TRACES system

Please note: The granting of a VET 14 Authorisation to Present a Consignment for Re-import does not in any way guarantee that the product will satisfy the relevant import checks at the BIP or be eligible for any particular future use or re-export certification.

1. The re-imported consignment must present at an EU Approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) designated to deal with animal products (currently either Shannon Airport or Dublin Port) accompanied by the original copies of the documentation detailed above.

2. A documentary and identity check will be then be performed at the BIP.

3. A physical check may also be performed in accordance with Article 20 of Council Directive 97/78.

1. Provided the consignment passes the controls at the BIP, the consignment must then be returned directly (channelled) to the establishment of origin accompanied by BIP F5 form, which will be issued at the BIP.

2. The BIP F5 must be completed on arrival at the establishment of origin by a responsible person, and returned to the BIP within 12 hours. 

3. The Competent Authority (CA) as stated on the VET 14 that is responsible for the establishment of origin must examine the consignment and make a decision on the product’s future permitted use.

4. Following examination of the consignment, the CA must complete Part 2 of the VET 14 stating its decision on the products future use and return it to:

Animal Product Imports,
1 East, Agriculture House,
Kildare St.
DO2 WK12