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Exporting Food and Animal Commodities to the EU

October 26, 2021

Effective January 15, 2022, exporters for commercial food and animal commodities destined for the European Union (EU) will be required to use updated export certificates. Export certificates can be accessed through the Trade Control and Expert System New Technology (TRACES NT), which serves as the EU’s e-certification system. The updated export certificates are the result of the EU Animal Health Law (AHL) that came into force in spring 2021.

Current export certificates will continue to be accepted by the EU until March 15, 2022, provided they are signed before January 15, 2022.

The AHL contains detailed requirements on the registration and approval of establishments, traceability of animals and animal health requirements for movements of animals and their products and entry into the EU, and specific measures for animal disease prevention and control.

Using the TRACES NT system for export certificates will provide a  secure, convenient, and streamlined process for doing business with the European Union.

More information

NOTE - Ensure the information inputted is accurate as this will be the official account. This information will be listed on further documentation (clearance documents) and help to avoid the creation of duplicate accounts. Note: Deletion of duplicate accounts can only be completed by contacting the EU TRACES Helpdesk at or +32 2 297 63 50

NOTE - You will receive an e-mail notification once your account has been validated. Validation is required before you can start to use TRACES NT.

To see a demo click - Create EU Login and user access profile

Contact the TRACES NT Helpdesk to obtain more information on the use of TRACES NT at +32 2 297 63 50 or email:

To learn more about export requirements for the EU visit Exporting food and animal products to the European Union - Canadian Food Inspection Agency (