Due to the risk of the introduction of diseases to the European Union (EU), there are strict procedures concerning the introduction of some animal products into the EU. These procedures do not apply to the transport of animal products between the 27 member nations of the EU or to products originating form Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Sweden.
All animal products not meeting these requirements must be sent for official destruction after entering the EU.
1. Small amounts of meat or meat or dairy products (not including powdered milk, baby foods, special foods or pet foots required for medical reasons).
Meat or meat or dairy products (not including powdered milk, baby foods, special foods or pet foots required for medical reasons) is may be brought or sent into the EU by personal packages only if they are transported from Croatia, the Faroe Islands, Greenland or Iceland, and their weight is less than 10 kilograms per person.
2. Powdered baby formula, baby food, and special foods required for medical purposes
Powdered baby formula, baby food, and special foods required for medical purposes may be brought into the EU or sent into the EU in personal packages only under the condition that:
3. Special pet foods required for medical purposes
Special pet foods required for medical purposes may be brought into the EU or sent into the EU in personal packages only under the condition that:
4. Small amounts of fishery products intended for individual consumption
Fisheries products may be transported into the EU or sent in personal packages (including fresh, dried, cooked, cured or smoked fish and some shellfish including shrimp, lobster, live mussels and dead oysters) only under the condition that:
These limits do not apply to fish products from the Faroe Islands or Iceland.
5. Small amounts of other animal products intended for individual consumption
Other animal products such as honey, live oysters and snails may be transported or sent into the EU only under the condition that:
It should be noted that the introduction of small amounts of animal products in five categories is allowed (par 1-5), provided that the conditions are met in all applicable paragraphs.
6. Larger amount of animal products
Larger quantities of animal products can be transported or sent into the EU only if they meet all of the requirements concerning commercial transport, which include:
7. Exempted animal products
The rules presented above do not apply to the following products:
8. Animal products originating from protected species
In the case of certain protected species, additional limitations may apply. For example, in the case of caviar from certain species of sturgeon, the limit is 125 grams per person.