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Animal products

According to legal act nr.25/1993  import of raw animal products is forbidden. The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) is permitted to deviate from this ban when required conditions are met.

The office of import and export within MAST executes this control on a daily basis. This is a voluminous task which covers all products and live animals which can carry contagious material dangerous for animals or humans. The main task of the office of import and export is to prevent contagious material, drug residues hazardous to animals and humans from entering the country by means of live animals, animal products, tourists or by any other means.  Another task of the office of import and export is to certify that animal products, fish products and live animals exported from Iceland fulfil the requirements of the importing country and do not present undue health risk to animals and humans.


Importing animal products to Iceland for personal consumption from EEA states

Importation of personal goods containing meat, milk or their products brought into Iceland and the EEA present a threat to animal health. 

  • Travellers are not allowed to bring meat, milk or their products unless they are coming with less than 10 kg of these products from the Faroe Islands or Greenland. 
  • There is also an exemption for powdered infant milk, infant food, and special foods or special pet feed required for medical reasons, if weighing less than 2 kilograms and provided that such products do not require refrigeration before opening; that they are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer, and the packaging is unbroken unless in current use.
  • For fishery products (including fish and certain shellfish such as prawns, lobsters, dead mussels and dead oysters), travellers are allowed to bring in up to 20 kilograms or the weight of one fish if this is higher. However, there is no such weight restriction for travellers coming from the Faeroe Islands or Iceland.
  • For other animal products, such as honey, live oysters, live mussels and snails for example, travellers are allowed to bring in up to 2 kilograms.
  • These rules do not apply to animal products transported between the EEA Member States, or for animal products coming from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland.


Importing animal products from non-EEA states to Iceland for sale and/or distribution

The following conditions must be met when importing raw animal products from non-EEA states to Iceland

  • A MAST import permit. The importer must apply to MAST (The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority) for an import permit. The following information must be submitted 1) name and address (in Iceland) of importer; 2) animal product details; 3) country of origin of animal product; 4) name, address and EU approval number of producer.
  • An official certificate of origin and health, in the case of products from producers outside the European Economic Area;
  • An official certificate confirming that the animals from which the products derive were not given growth-promoting substances during rearing, in the case of products from producers outside the European Economic Area;
  • A certificate confirming that the products have been stored at a temperature of at least -18°C for a month prior to customs clearance;
  • An official certificate confirming that the animals from which the products derive were slaughtered in slaughterhouses and the products processed in processing plants authorised in the European Economic Area, in the case of products from producers outside the European Economic Area;
  • An official certificate confirming that the products are free of salmonella bacteria;
  • Animal meat products and by-products, dairy products and eggs shall conform to the appropriate provisions of the current Regulation on food contaminants;
  • The product shall be labelled in conformity with current rules on labelling, advertising and promotion of foodstuffs.
  • All import of animal products from states outside the EEA are subject to health check at an approved Border Inspection Posts and must be pre-notified in TRACES in advance (24 h), the trans-European system for issuing common veterinary entry documents for animal products (CVEDP). Further information on  TRACES

Icelandic border inspection posts

The table below shows the location of Icelandic border inspection posts, their TRACES number, type and approval for imports of animals and animal products.

Border inspection post

TRACES no.

Authorisation

Storage conditions for products
(Temperature/packaging)

1

Reykjavík, Eimskip

REY1a

All products for human consumption
All products not for human consumption

All / packaged
All / packaged

2

Reykjavík, Samskip

REY1b

Fish products for human consumption
Fish meal/oil not for human consumption

Frozen, ambient temp./packaged
Ambient temperature/packaged

3

Hafnarfjörður

HAF1

Fish products for human consumption
Fish meal/oil not for human consumption

All / packaged
Ambient temperature / packaged

4

Keflavík airport

KEF4

All products for human consumption
All products not for human cons.
Live aquaculture animals

All / packaged
All / packaged
All

5

Þorlákshöfn

THH1

Fish products for human consumption
Fish oil for human consumption
Fish oil not for human consumption

Frozen /packaged
Ambient temperature/packaged
Ambient temperature/packaged



TRACES

The CVED is filled out using the TRACES database. TRACES is a harmonised trade registration system to monitor and control imports of animal products from third countries to EEA states.

Information on TRACES

TRACES - login

Landings from vessels of third countries

Form: Captain's Declaration - Declaration by the captain for landing from a third-country vessel

Import costs

Charges for import supervision are in accordance with hourly tariff. See MAST tariff.