Hungary: New reporting obligation for import of certain agricultural products

Notification must be submitted by the seller or their representative using a dedicated form on the NÉBIH website

Notification must be submitted by the seller or their representative

The Hungarian government on 11 April 2024 adopted a decree related to the importation of certain agricultural products. Beginning 16 April 2024, the National Food Chain Safety Authority (NÉBIH) in Hungary requires prior notification for the import of certain agricultural products. This applies to both intra-Community deliveries and imports from third countries.

The products that require notification include various meats, eggs, certain vegetables, cereals, oil seeds and their oils, wine, grape must, and crisp bread. The notification does not apply to sowing seeds.

The notification must be submitted electronically and in Hungarian by the seller or their representative, using a dedicated form on the NÉBIH website. The notification must be made within a 30-day time frame before the start date of the planned delivery, but no later than 24 hours before delivery (or six hours before in the case of air or maritime transport). The entity must have a FELIR identification number issued by NÉBIH at the time of registration.

The shipment needs to be accompanied by the notification documentation and proof of its receipt by the authority. Breaches of obligations, such as late or non-reporting, incomplete documentation, or delivery commencing after the 30-day time frame, may result in an administrative penalty of up to 40% of the net value of the products.

Read an April 2024 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Hungary



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