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The International Meat Trade Association

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Not all countries can export meat to the EU. The European Union laid down regulations that specify exactly what type of meat can be imported from what country.

There are three conditions that a country needs to meet to be able to import meat to the EU/UK:

1. The animal health situation in the country must be considered safe by the European Union
    The countries that currently have a satisfactory animal health situation are laid down in these two regulations:
   
    Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 of 12 March 2010
 laying down lists of third countries,
    territories or parts authorised to export certain animals and fresh meat into the EU
   
    Commission Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 of 8 August 2008
 laying down a list of third countries
    from which poultry and poultry products may be imported into the Community

2. An EU approved residue plan must be put in place
    The original list of the countries that have a residue plan in place can also be found on the EU website.
    This list gets regularly amended and the most recent update was made through EU Decision 2012/302.

3. Meat plants must be approved by the European authorities and listed on the EU website
    Not all the countries that fulfil the first two conditions actually export meat into the EU.
    Only approved plants that meet all the hygienic conditions can do this.
    The list of all the plants currently approved can be found here.

IMTA provides information on the approved establishments to its members.

Meat from countries outside the EU then must be imported via an approved Border Inspection Posts (BIPs), where they undergo veterinary checks before they are allowed to enter the EU.

Currently there are 300 BIPs in the European Union, but only a limited number handle the import of meat and meat products.

The list of countries currently able to export chilled or frozen meat to the EU is given in the table below. Some additional countries may export cooked meat products to the EU, but the raw material must come from an EU approved plant and the meat producing plant must be listed on the EU website.

Country
Restricted areas*
Beef
Pork
Poultry
Sheepmeat
Argentina 
check 
check 
 
check 
check 
Australia 
 
check 
   
check 
Brazil 
check 
check 
 
check 
 
Botswana 
check 
check 
     
Canada 
 
check 
check 
check 
 
Chile 
 
check
check 
check 
check 
China 
check 
   
check 
 
Falkland Islands 
 
check 
   
check 
Greenland 
       
check 
Iceland 
 
check 
   
check 
Israel 
check 
   
check 
 
Japan
 
check  
 
 
FYR Macedonia
       
check 
Namibia 
check 
check 
   
check 
New Zealand 
 
check 
   
check 
Paraguay 
check 
check 
     
Russia 
     
check 
 
Serbia 
 
check 
   
check 
Swaziland 
check 
check 
     
Thailand 
     
check 
 
Ukraine
 
 
 
check
 
United States 
 
check 
check 
check 
check 
Uruguay 
 
check 
   
check 
 
*Meat cannot be imported from certain areas in the country. Please, see the regulations for detail.

Sources: Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 of 12 March 2010,
Commission Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 of 8 August 2008 and
List of Third Country Establishments – per Country