Health Certificate for Export of Food Products: Understanding the Basics

Updated on February 26, 2024 04:02:00 PM

A health certificate is a document issued by a Export inspection council of India or relevant certifying authority. The product must meet the health & safety standards set by the importing country. It is a mandatory requirement for exporting food products to many countries around the world.

As more and more countries open up to international trade, the demand for high-quality and safe food products is increasing. Exporting food products requires compliance with a set of regulations, including obtaining a health certificate. Lets dive further, to learn more about health certificates for export of food products.

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Basis of issuance of health certificate

Health Certificate is issued for consignments that conform the following:

  • Mandatory compliance with Importing countries
  • National standards & quality control
  • Buyers’ requirements

The health certificate is required for the following type of trade business:

  • Organizations that process marine products for export to the European Union exclusively have been approved by the EU.
  • Both European Union and non-European Union seafood processing companies have been authorized for exporting marine products to countries such as Russia, China, Iran, and other non-EU nations.
  • EU-approved processing companies are authorized for exporting animal casings to the European Union.
  • Exporters of peanut products to the malaysia and european union
  • Exporters for Non-Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) certification
  • Approved processors and exporters under the voluntary food certification scheme
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FSSAI Notification for Importers

The food safety standard authority of India has issued guidelines for importers of various products to get health certificates for their imported food consignment. The step is taken in order to regulate the quality standard of imported food in India. As per the guidelines of FSSAI all the importers of following products now required to produce health certificate form their exporters.

  • Milk and Milk Products
  • Pork and Pork Products
  • Fish and Fish products
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List of food products

The are the list of products for which exporters are required to produce valid health certificate.

  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Meat products
  • Hides,skin, wool and feathers
  • Collagen, gelatine & animal casings
  • Fish and fishery products
  • Pet food and animal products
  • other
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Documents required for Health certificate

The exporter of food products has to provide the following documents for issuance of the Health Certificate for their export consignment.

  • IEC Code certificate
  • Copy of Invoice
  • Letter of Credit
  • Copy of Purchase Order
  • Bank draft of the requisite fee
  • Application for issuance of Health Certificate
  • Test report of Food Products intended for export issued by EIA labs or EIC-approved labs
  • Test report from the EIA-approved unit, as per importing countries’ standards or National Standard
  • Contractual Specification as agreed between Importer and Exporter.
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Application fee for health certificate for exporters

The fee for obtaining the Health certificate

FOB value in Rs Application Fee Details
Up to 5 lakh ₹1500
Above 5 lakh and up to 10 lakh ₹2500
Above 10 lakh and up to 25 lakh ₹5500
Above 25 and below 40 lakh ₹7500
Above 40 lakh ₹8000

Note: The aforementioned Fees is exclusive of GST.

Note:- An amount of Rs.10 per M.T. will be charged for Agricultural Bulk Commodities for issuance of Health Certificate subject to a minimum of Rs. 2500 per consignment.

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Validity of Health Certificate

The health certificate is valid for upto 90 days after the date of issuance

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Procedure for health certificate for exporters

Exporters of marine products and meat products are required to obtain a health certificate for their consignment from the Export Inspection Council of India and APEDA in case of meat products.

These are the following steps involved for getting the health certificate for export

1.Details & Documentation:

Applicants are required to provide all the related documents and basic details during the filing of application on the respective portal.

2.Filing of application:

Once all the details and documents are provided the application duly be filed along with all the relevant documents.

3.Submission of fee:

The application fee should be submitted along with the application form.

4.Issuance of License

Once the application is submitted successfully, authorities will verify all the details and documents only after the verification the certificate will be issued.

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Common Requirements for Health Certificates

The requirements for health certificates vary by country and food product. However, there are some common requirements that exporters must comply with.

These include:

  • Identification of the exporter and importer.
  • Description and quantity of the food product.
  • Evidence of compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Results of laboratory tests for contaminants, pesticides, and other substances.
  • Certification of production processes and facilities.
  • Details of the inspection and certification process.
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Conclusion

The health certificate is essential when exporting food products to ensure they meet health and safety standards. Compliance with regulations, including obtaining a health certificate, is mandatory. Requirements for health certificates vary by country and product, but exporters must meet standard criteria, including identification of the exporter and importer.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who required health certificate?

Health certificate is required by the exporters of food products as per the requirements of their importing countries.

What is the fee for getting a health certificate?

The cost of getting a health certificate is categorized as per the FOB values of exported food products.

The fee for obtaining the Health certificate

FOB value in Rs Application Fee Details
Up to 5 lakh ₹1500
Above 5 lakh and up to 10 lakh ₹2500
Above 10 lakh and up to 25 lakh ₹5500
Above 25 and below 40 lakh ₹7500
Above 40 lakh ₹8000

Note: The aforementioned Fees is exclusive of GST.

is health certificate the same as a Phytosanitary Certificate?

No, health certificate and phytosanitary certificate both are different from each other and required by the importer of food products of respective countries.

What is the validity period of the Health certificate issued by APEDA?

You can get an AD code from the bank with which you have a current account. You need to send a request to the branch manager in a prescribed format to issue the AD code on the Bank letterhead. Once the AD code is issued, it is registered with the Kolkata Port on the icegate portal.

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