A valid and original Certificate of Inspection (COI) must accompany all imports of organic product from outside the EU. The COI must be signed and stamped (often referred to as 'endorsed') by the certification body of the exporter and must be available at the EU port of entry for further endorsement.
COIs are processed electronically (eCOIs) through the TRACES NT online system. You will need to register for a TRACES account and have your account verified by your certification body to enable your account to be activated. You are not able to import from outside the EU until your TRACES account is activated.
Prior to any importing, you must write a plan with a full description of your importing activities - see template below.
Read our standards for further information on importing.
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Description of import activities template
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TRACES and Certificate Of Inspection guidance
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Importing from Ex-Soviet States and China