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Veterinary inspection

THE PROCEDURE FOR THE CONTROL OF IMPORTED, EXPORTED OR TRANSITING CONSIGNMENTS SUBJECT TO THE VETERINARY INSPECTION

 

The importation of animals, products of animal origin, animal feed and accompanying articles that may serve as a carrier of animal deceases (litter, cages and so on), are subject to the veterinary inspection.

 

The Rulebook on Types of consignments Subject to Veterinary–Sanitary Control and Manner of Performing Veterinary-Sanitary Inspection of Consignments at Border Crossings (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 56/10).

 

Issuing of veterinary-sanitary requirements for import or transit

 

Prior to import of goods subject to the veterinary-sanitary inspection, it is necessary to obtain the Decision on veterinary-sanitary requirements for such import. For that purpose, the importer must submit an application - containing all necessary data and the evidence that the prescribed fees have been paid - to the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Water Management – the Veterinary Administration Omladinskih brigada 1, 11080 Beograd. The form of the request is accessible at http://www.vet.minpolj.gov.rs/, or telephone/fax: 011-2602-498.

 

The importer bears the costs of carrying out of the decision or, in the case of transit, the authorized legal entity from the Republic of Serbia that has submitted the request on behalf of the owner of the consignment in transit.

 

A license with veterinary-sanitary requirements for import is valid for a period of three months (90 days), and the application for such a license must specify the planned quantity of goods that will be imported in that period. 

 

Article 124 of the Veterinary Law provides for the obligation to obtain a license for import of animals, products of animal origin and animal feed, the manner of issuing of import licenses, with determination of veterinary-sanitary requirements for imports in the Republic of Serbia.

 

Import and transit of consignments is allowed only via authorized border crossings with the existing veterinary inspection services of the Republic of Serbia.

 

Authorized border crossings to neighboring countries:

  • HUNGARY: Subotica and Horgoš;
  • ROMENIA: Vatin, Vršac and Veliko Gradište;
  • CROATIA: Šid, Batrovci and Bezdan;
  • BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Sremska Rača and Mali Zvornik;
  • BULGARIA: Gradina and Dimitrovgrad;
  • MONTENEGRO: Gostun I Prijepolje;
  • MACEDONIA: reševo, Preševo-Ristovac;
  • BELGRADE: Airport “Nikola Tesla”.

Consignments must be notified to the Border Veterinary Inspection at least 24 hours before the arrival at a border crossing. 

 

CONSIGNMENT INSPECTION

 Documentary examination

 

The following documents accompanying a consignment shall be examined:

  • common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED);
  • original copy of the veterinary certificate which must accompany the consignment;
  • evidence of payment of fees;
  • specification of goods;
  • invoice.

In the case of transit, the veterinary inspection shall examine the evidence of the acceptance of consignment in the country of destination (the statement or decision of the competent authority of the importing country).

 

Review of animal transport itinerary

 

Identity check of consignment comprises examination of whether the animals/animal products correspond to the data contained in the accompanying veterinary documentation including:

  • number of animals;
  • ear stamp number/microchip number, tattoo number etc.;
  • seal;
  • declaration;
  • kind of goods;
  • veterinary control numbers (identification marks) on packages compared to the data from the certificate or other documents; 
  • number of parcels or other packages and their weight.

Physical examination of animal consignments consists of:

  • examination of animals regarding capability to stand travel;
  • examination of  transport conditions and vehicle;
  • clinical examination – visual observation of animals, observation of digestive and respiratory system, measuring body temperature, palpation, evaluation of behavior, holding and appearance of animals;
  • laboratory examination.
CONDITIONS FOR IMPORT OF CONSIGNMENTS
 
Article 121 of the Law on Veterinary Matters
 
Import of animals shall be allowed if prescribed animal health and welfare requirements are met and when the animals are identified in accordance with the exporting country regulations or country of origin of shipment.
 
Import from paragraph 1 of this Article may be allowed in case that different procedures are applied, for which authorized service from exporting country provides scientifically based evidence of achieving the same level of health protection that would be achieved by the procedures prescribed in the Republic of Serbia.
 
Import of products of animal origin, food of animal origin, animal feed, by-products of animal origin and related items shall be allowed only if imported from those facilities complying with requirements and that are registered within EU, and controlled by the competent authority.
 
The Ministry may grant import referred to in paragraph 3 of this Article from other facilities when it has been confirmed that the regulations, standards, production and surveillance performed by an export country are equivalent to those of the Republic of Serbia and that equal level of protection of consumers has been provided. 
 
The procedures which are officially accepted from relevant international organizations used for setting standards for health care are recognized for actions that provide the same level of health protection, as well as procedures prescribed by Republic of Serbia. 
 
The Ministry may carry out controls to check on the facilities referred to in paragraph 5. of this Article.
 
The examination fee shall be borne by the importer.
 
The Law on Veterinary Matters prescribes that the facilities from which the products of animal origin, animal feed and related articles may be imported, are approved by the competent veterinary services of the originating country. 
 
The list of approved facilities by the EU may be accessed here. Those are official registers of approved facilities in the EU member countries. Practically speaking, persons desiring to import certain product of animal origin may verify here whether the facility in question is placed on the list of facilities approved in the EU. If it is not on the list, pursuant to the Article 121 above, the import shall not be allowed.
 
On this link are also listed the facilities in the third countries (which are not members of the EU) from which the import into the EU of products of animal origin is allowed.
 
The list Serbia includes facilities which may export products of animal origin in the EU. They may export only those products for which they have obtained the approval and which are contained in the list of the EU.
 
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