Veterinary certificates for export What is it and how does it work?

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When it is necessary to export a live animal or a product of animal origin, these must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate . In this way it prevents possible infectious diseases from crossing the borders and that there is a real sanitary control.

Recently, the Tax Agency (AEAT) has announced the creation of a new web service for the control and validation of veterinary certificates for export.

With this new service, information can be exchanged between the Animal Health inspection services and the Customs Department and, thus, be able to automatically date the balances of said veterinary certificates declared in the DUA.

In a simpler way, the system will be able to verify that the balance of the certificate is correct and sufficient in relation to the quantity of merchandise to be dispatched, before the admission of the DUA. The automatic dating process will occur at the time the DUA is admitted.

What is a veterinary export certificate?

Whether due to a particular need or for commercial reasons, it is necessary to have an export veterinary certificate that accompanies the live animals and the products of animal origin that they want to transfer to another country.

This type of documents must be issued before customs clearance by the competent bodies to issue them as: The General Subdirectorate for Animal Health, the General Directorate of Livestock (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), the Ministries of Agriculture of the communities Autonomous and General Subdirectorate of External and Veterinary Health and the General Directorate of Public Health (Ministry of Health and Consumption).

The veterinary certificate for export must contain some basic data, among which are: Item of products, nature of the merchandise, weight, origin, exporter, recipient, means of transport, the merchandise is authorized to be exported to the destination, stamp and signature.

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The announcement of the Tax Agency also indicates that as of April 1, 2018 a new national code (1408) of entry regarding the veterinary export certificate is available and must be indicated in box 44 of the Export DUA.

Until that date, the keys for the common veterinary entry documents (853 and C640) could still be used in the export DUA.

When it is not necessary to issue the corresponding certificate, there is the possibility of requesting and declaring a “not applicable” by the operators to the animal health inspection service.

Likewise, the certificates will be transmitted through the web service to the AEAT and will be validated.