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Mandatory electronic organic certification

3 October 2017

Importers of organic fresh produce are reminded that they need to have registered on TRACES before 19 October 2017 when the electronic certificate of inspection comes into force. The TRACES registration will need to be accepted and verified before 19 October.

We are aware that there have been some difficulties during the transition period when both electronic and paper certification were running with regard to the missing electronic signature. We have been in contact with Defra organic imports team who are liaising with the individual Port Health Authorities. If you have any further problems regarding recognition of certificates and clearance of consignments please do not hesitate to contact us.

Problems have been identified across several EU Member States in relation to the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1842:

  • Lack of clarity about the administration of the system and access for different trading parties
  • All certificates having to be printed for further usage due to the missing electronic signature – until the e-Signature is implemented.  This is likely to be in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Lack of communication and coordination between different national bodies involved in customs procedures. 

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