Exporting animal by-products

Animal by-products mean those parts of animals and products of animal origin not intended for human consumption. They include, for example, animal hides and skins, game trophies, wool, feathers, bones, hoofs and horns, feeds and fertilisers of animal origin and the products of animal origin used as raw materials in their production. The “export” of animal by-products means their movement from the EU to a non-EU country (a “third country”). However, if the animal by-products are moved to a country that is considered equal with EU Member States based on an agreement between the country and the EU, the movement is not considered exportation to a third country but intra-Union trade. Such countries include, for example, Norway and Switzerland.

Export requirements

Exports of animal by-products into a third country must meet the requirements of the country of destination and any country of transit. The exporting operator is responsible for ascertaining and meeting the export requirements. If Finland or the EU has made an agreement with the third country concerning the export of animal by-products, exports must also comply with the provisions of the agreement.

Export control

An operator exporting animal by-products to a third country must be registered in a register maintained by the Finnish Food Authority.

The exports of animal by-products are controlled by municipal veterinarians and in slaughterhouses and connected establishments by veterinary inspectors. The veterinarian controls that the export consignment meets the import requirements of the country of destination and issues the consignment a veterinary certificate.

Further information

Finnish Food Authority



Viennin valvonnasta säädetään eläintautilaissa 441/2013 ja MMM:n asetuksessa 832/2013 (




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