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GB import controls for organic products from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Moldova and Turkey

GB import controls for organic products

Defra have issued updated guidance to certification bodies for import into GB of certain products from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Moldova and Turkey. These requirements have been in place for a number of years. In addition they have added Turkey to this list. They require additional verification and sampling in the country of export and additional  documentation checks and sampling at the port of entry in GB. This also applies to product originating from one of these six countries but arriving in GB via another third country.

Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Moldova and Turkey

These controls apply to organic food and feed with the following CN codes:

  1. Chapter 10 – Cereals
  2. Chapter 11 – Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten. The following CN codes are excluded: CN codes 1105, 1106, 1107, 1108, 1109.
  3. Chapter 12 – Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder, except for processed products ready for human consumption derived from them. The following CN codes are excluded: CN codes 1211, 1212, 1213, 1214.
  4. Chapter 23 – Residues and waste from the food industries, prepared animal fodder. The following CN codes are excluded: CN codes 2307.

 

China

  1. Chapter 10 – Cereals
  2. Chapter 11 – Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten. The following CN codes are excluded: CN codes 1105, 1106, 1107, 1108, 1109
  3. Chapter 12 – Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder, except for processed products ready for human consumption derived from them. The following CN codes are excluded: CN codes 1211, 1212, 1213, 1214
  4. Chapter 23 – Residues and waste from the food industries, prepared animal fodder. The following CN codes are excluded: CN codes 2307
  5. CN code 0810 9075 – only Goji berries (Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense) and products processed from them.

 

If you import, or intend to import, any of these products, then you need to take the actions detailed in this document before using or selling the product with reference to organic.

 

The same requirements exist for import of products into Northern Ireland and the EU as we previously reported in February.