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Exporting food and animal products to the European Union

The European Union (EU) has enacted a new EU Animal Health Law (AHL). Effective January 15, 2022, exporters for food and animal commodities destined for the EU where certification is required under the new EU AHL are required to use updated export certificates, and access them through the Trade Control and Expert System New Technology (TRACES NT).

Exceptions include the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) form Certificate of Free Sale (CFIA/ACIA 5786) and the Animal Health Certificate for Entry into the Union of Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets: In-Transit and Commercial Movements (Model 'Canis-Felis-Ferrets') HA 3169).

The Certificate of Free Sale (CFIA/ACIA 5786), is available for food products manufactured by licensed parties under the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). The Certificate of Free Sale does not replace product or commodity specific certificates that have been negotiated with foreign countries, nor does it replace or supersede additional import requirements that may be established by the importing country.

For information on the requirements and certification of in-transit and commercial movements of dogs, cats and ferrets to the EU please consult the following link: Export of dogs, cats, and ferrets to the European Union and Northern Ireland: In-transit commercial movements.

Creating an EU TRACES NT login account and user access profile, will ensure that all clearance documents contain accurate business information. This will decrease border clearance delays.

To prepare for these changes

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View a summary of the change in process by using TRACES NT


Creating an EU TRACES NT login account and user access profile, will ensure that all clearance documents contain accurate business information. This will decrease border clearance delays. For example minor differences in business name on documents could identify you as a different company or create a duplicate account.


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Why EU export certificates are changing

A European Commission Animal Health Law (AHL) came into force on April 21, 2021. The new law includes many changes and so a new suite of updated certificates is required.

The CFIA is fully adopting the TRACES NT system to generate these new certificates. The AHL contains detailed requirements on the registration and approval of establishments, traceability of animals and animal health requirements for movements of animals and their products and entry into the union, and specific measures for animal disease prevention and control. The AHL also proposes new model certificates for exports destined for the EU.

To learn about the requirements to export products to the European Union visit – Food and Animal Export Requirements.


TRACES NT is an online portal to request export certificates. All maintenance of the certificate templates is done by the EU, providing exporters access to updated versions of the certificate they require.

The EU requires that all commodities entering the EU be accompanied by clearance documents prepared in TRACES NT. When export certificates are created in TRACES NT, the creation of the border clearance documentation is simplified, as a cloning function can be used to prepopulate the clearance documents with information that is part of the export certificate.

The entire package of documents is available in TRACES NT and serves as a pre-notification of the arrival of a consignment and therefore control authorities at EU border or at destination can plan their controls and secure inspection times at the border points. Once an EU login account and user access profile in TRACES NT have been created, linkages to existing EU eligibility lists can be made, that will streamline the certificate issuance process.

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