Food of non-animal origin

Food imports of non-animal origin from third countries are risk assessed and inspected by Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) at Dublin port and Dublin airport.

A completed Single Administrative Document (SAD) must be submitted prior to the food being imported. In addition, the following information must accompany the SAD:

  • Bill of Lading – a document issued by a carrier, or its agent, to the shipper as a contract of carriage of goods
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Consignee details
  • Delivery address
  • Arrival Notice – date of arrival and Seaport/Airport location

Some specific products are subject to increased levels of controls, including examination and/or sampling.

Foods with increased levels of controls

Certain foods and feed of non-animal origin are subject to increased levels of official import controls.

For foods of non-animal origin with increased levels of official import controls, a Common Health Entry Document (CHED) must be submitted in addition to the documents listed above. The type of CHED required for foods of non-animal origin is a CHED-D. A model for CHED-D is in Annex II to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1715.

Additional requirements

The increased control mechanism means that competent authorities will:

  • carry out checks on all the documents accompanying the consignments
  • conduct identity and physical checks, including laboratory analysis, at a frequency set down in the legislation for the specific commodity being imported

Emergency and safeguard measures

Emergency measures are in place for a range of food commodities coming into the EU.

These measures are put in place when a food is likely to pose a serious risk to human health, animal health or the environment.

For these foods you must have:

Document checks

Document checks can be carried out, and the products cleared before the food products arrive at the point of import into Ireland. To avoid delays it is essential that all necessary import documents are complete, accurate and submitted in advance. In many cases it is a legal requirement to submit documents in advance.

Identity and physical checks

Identity check

This a visual inspection to ensure that certificates or other documents accompanying the food consignment match the labelling and the content of the consignment.

Physical check

A physical check is a check on food which may include checks on:

  • the means of transport
  • packaging
  • labelling
  • temperature

Sampling for analysis and laboratory testing may be done and any other check necessary to verify compliance with food law.

Both the physical and identity checks are carried out together when a consignment is booked in for a check

Further Information

Get further information on importing foods of non-animal origin subject to additional controls


Last reviewed: 17/2/2020

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