The Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY


The Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) is an online system for certifying the health of animals and tracking consignments of animal products entering or leaving the United Kingdom.

TRACES is a web-based system administered by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection.

It intends to simplify the paperwork associated with dealing in animals and animal products by creating the relevant documents and distributing them to the right authorities both domestically and internationally, so saving traders time and effort.

The system enables merchants to obtain export health certificates and shipment tracking for their shipments. It assists authorities in adhering to health rules and meeting the needs of dealers.

If you trade animals or certain animal products overseas, the documentation you must submit is handled through TRACES.

TRACES for processing EU paperwork

If you intend to purchase certain animal products, live animals, or germplasm from within the EU or to trade with another EU country, you must obtain a health certificate signed by a government-approved official veterinarian or, in the case of certain animal goods, commercial documentation. Intra Trade Animal Health Certificates (ITAHCs) are granted by TRACES in collaboration with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in Carlisle.

TRACES for processing non-EU paperwork

If you trade in animals or certain animal products from outside the EU, you must notify the Border Inspection Post (BIP) via the TRACES system by submitting documents. Certain non-EU nations, such as Switzerland, Chile, and New Zealand, have access to and submit health certifications for import into the EU electronically via TRACES.

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