Relaxation of Conformity and Processing Controls on Imports of Fruit and Vegetables

02 July 2009

The return of the wobbly carrot!

From 1 July 2009, EC Regulation 1580/07 (as amended by EC Regulation 1221/2008) provides for the removal of Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate (HMI) conformity certificate controls on a range of fruit and vegetables at import.

 

What is the present situation?

At present, most fruit and vegetables imported from third countries are subject to marketing standards. They must either be accompanied on importation by an HMI certificate of conformity or be inspected by the HMI with the aim of gaining the conformity certificate, without which, HM Revenue & Customs are legally obliged to withhold the release of the goods into free circulation.

 

What is changing?

The table is the Annex from the said regulation and shows which products are affected by these changes. However, it must be noted that all other products that were subject to HMI conformity certificates will continue to be subject to Specific Marketing Standards (SMS) controls.
These fruit and vegetable products currently require prior notification and a conformity certificate but now will not require notification or a certificate.

 

 

 

Commodity

Varieties/Types

Regulated by

TARIC code

GMS/SMS

Artichokes

All

HMI Only

0709908000

GMS

Asparagus

Green

HMI Only

0709200010

GMS

Asparagus

All varieties except Green

HMI Only

0709200090

GMS

Avocado Pears

All Varieties

HMI Only

0804400010

GMS

Beans

All Varieties

HMI Only

0708200000

GMS

Brussels Sprouts

All Varieties

HMI Only

0704200000

GMS

Cabbage

All Varieties

HMI Only

0704901000

GMS

Carrots

All Varieties

HMI Only

0706100010

GMS

Cauliflower

All Varieties

HMI Only

0704100000

GMS

Chicory

None

HMI Only

0705210000

GMS

Chicory

Other

HMI Only

0705290000

GMS

Courgettes

All Varieties

HMI Only

0709907000

GMS

Cucumbers

Cucumbers greater than 15cm (None, Other)

HMI Only

0707000510

GMS

Cucumbers

Cucumbers less than 15cm (None, Other)

HMI Only

0707000510

GMS

Cucumbers

Cucumbers less than 15cm (None, Other)

HMI Only

0707000590

GMS

Cucumbers

Cucumbers greater than 15cm (None, Other)

HMI Only

0707000599

GMS

Garlic

All Varieties

HMI Only

0703200000

GMS

Hazelnuts in Shells

None, Other

HMI Only

0802210000

GMS

Leeks

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