EU law requires consignments of animals, animal products, certain food and feed of non-animal origin and the majority of plants to be accompanied by official certificates, attesting compliance with the applicable requirements.
When such consignments are imported into the EU or traded within the EU single market, TRACES supports the issuing of official certificates and the recording of official controls and route planning, quickly and efficiently online.
National competent authorities and economic operators complete official certificates online in TRACES and the control authorities at EU border or at the final destination check the consignments and their accompanying documents to allow them to enter and/or move through the EU.
In this way, the control authorities at EU border or at destination are pre-notified of the arrival of a consignment and therefore can plan their controls e. In the case of the transport of live animals further checks and controls regarding animal welfare can be performed and recorded.
Feedback on the final decision taken on the consignment following the controls performed is available to those parties concerned with the consignment.
With its user-friendly interface, available in 34 languages, TRACES allows for the interaction between the private sector and the competent authorities, of both EU and non-EU countries, and significantly diminishes the administrative burden for all the involved parties, working on the same platform.
Benefits of using TRACES
|For competent authorities|
|For animal products|
|For food and feed of non-animal origin|
- TRACES New Technology (NT)
- TRACES NT Documentation website
- TRACES Toolkit
- Trade Helpdesk
- Non-EU Approved Establishment lists
- Approved EU food establishments
- Animal by-products approved establishments
- Lists of Border Control Posts (Veterinary)
- Lists of BCPs & CPs (Products of non-animal origin)
- Lists of BCPs & CPs (Plants)
- Technical specifications (ABP establishments)
- Technical specifications (Food establishments)