Pet food, including dog chews, is food used outside the feed chain for farmed animals and is not for human consumption.
Pet food can be imported provided that it:
comes from an approved country/part of a country
comes from an approved establishment
is accompanied by and conforms with the requirements of an agreed animal/public health certificate
Raw pet food may be exported to the EU from Third Countries listed in Part 1 of Annex II Regulation (EU) No. 206/2010 or in the Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 798/2008.
Pet food and dog chews (other than raw pet food) may be exported to the EU from Third Countries listed in Part 1 of Annex II Regulation (EU) No. 206/2010 and the following countries:
Pet food and dog chews, other than raw pet food, containing fish material may be exported to the EU from Third Countries listed in Part 1 of Annex II to Decision 2006/766/EC.
The products must have been prepared and stored in a plant that was approved, validated and supervised by the competent authority.
Lists of approved establishments may be found here.
The products must have been produced in accordance with Chapter II of Annex XIII in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.
Products derived from bovine, ovine or caprine animals must meet the relevant requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 999/2001.
What you need to do
If you are importing
canned pet food
processed pet food (other than canned pet food)
raw pet food
you must notify a Community Border Inspection Post at least 24 hours before the consignment’s arrival through the online TRACES NT system,
including the original hard copy of the appropriate veterinary health certificate. This will be checked and held at the BCP at the point of entry into the EU.
Health Certificate – Canned Pet food
Fill out this form if you are importing canned pet food into Ireland.