Third Country Imports

Under the provisions of Regulation 6(2) of the European Communities (Veterinary Checks on Fish and Fishery Products Imported from Third Countries) Regulations  2003 (S.I. No. 548 of 2003), you are required to give at least 24 hours notice of intent to import fish/fishery product(s) of animal origin to the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority, and the border inspection post at the port of airport of entry.

Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED)

In accordance with international trade agreements, the EU has set down the conditions for trade in fish and fish products with non-EU countries, which require that the exporting country be approved by the EU as having veterinary controls at least equivalent to those of the EU. For trade, fish products must have originated in an area where there are no restrictions imposed under EU safeguard measures, come from establishments that are under the supervision and control of the competent authorities, must be correctly labelled, and travel with the specific health certificate conforming to the models laid down in EU legislation. Imports into the EU must be presented for veterinary inspection at an approved EU Border Inspection Post (BIP) following the submission of the Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) to the BIP.

The CVED must be used in accordance with EU Regulation 136/2004 for the purpose of providing at least 24 hours advance notice of the intent to import animal products, which includes fish and fish products, from third countries into the European Union. There are guidance notes to assist completing the CVED in regulation 136/2004, while the copy of the CVED in Annex III is only for instructional purposes.

The authorised version of CVED acceptable at Irish border inspection posts is printed on green paper and has a large Irish harp in the background.

Please note: Photocopied versions will not be accepted. Photocopied CVED notification or notifications on other than this version of the CVED form will be rejected and returned to you. Therefore, clearance of your consignment will be delayed while the correct documentation is awaited.

Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) forms are available from the Border Inspection Posts, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority.

An importer must give at least 24 hours notice of intent to import fish and/or fish products from third countries to the EU-approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at the port or airport through which it is intended to import the fish and/or fish products, by completing and forwarding Part 1 of the CVED form in advance of import, to the BIP of first entry into the EU. Part 2 of this document is for BIP use only and relates to the veterinary checks that are carried out before any product may be cleared.

The CVED with Part 1 completed should be sent to the Border Inspection Post of entry:

Dublin Seaport,
Portal Veterinary Office,
Eirfreeze, Bond Road,
Dublin 3

Tel: +353 (0) 1 855 6250    
Fax: +353 (0) 1 836 3457

Shannon Airport,
Portal Veterinary Office,
Shannon Airport,
Co. Clare

Tel: +353 (0) 61 471 546    
Fax: +353 (0) 61 471 549

Please note: Cork Airport and Dublin Airport are not approved as Border Inspection Posts for the importation of fish and fishery products.