Importers of HRFNAO from outside the EU must use TRACES NT from 17 February 2020


Importers of HRFNAO from outside the EU must use TRACES NT from 17 February 2020

We wrote to you recently to help prepare your business for the introduction of new European regulations - Smarter Rules for Safer Food (SRSF) as we understand that your business may import high risk food and feed not of animal origin (HRFNAO). 

As you may recall, while the regulations came in on 14th December 2019, the switch from pre-notifying on TRACES Classic to TRACES NT was delayed. We are writing to you again now to let you know that the EU Commission will stop using the CED notification for HRFNAO from next week.   This means that anyone importing HRFNAO from outside the EU must be ready to use the new CHED-D notification in TRACES NT.   

Note that if you have already completed a CED notification in TRACES Classic you do not need to re-do the same notification in TRACES NT. 

Please be aware that the UK Government are continuing to speak to the EU Commission to ask for more time to help affected businesses get ready. We will let you know as soon we have a confirmed date for the change – do not attempt to use CHED-D until then. 

What to do now?

If you import:

  • HRFNAO from outside the EU and are not yet registered for TRACES NT – register now (see below) to be ready for a switchover next week
  • live animals or POAO from outside the EU and are not registered for TRACES NT – register now (see below) in readiness for further changes 

You do not need to register on TRACES NT if you:

  • are not responsible for the load and do not raise notifications
  • only trade with the EU as you will continue to use TRACES Classic for Live Animals and ABP 

How to register for TRACES NT

  1. Create a new EU Login account.
  2. Once you have your new EU Login Account you can Request a new user access profile in TRACES.NT
  3. The profile you create must reflect your role and associated activities, for example as an economic operator or Border Control Post (BCP) official.
  4. Economic operators must choose the BCP to which they wish to be associated for registration purposes.  Once registered you will be able to import through any BCP.
  5. BCP users should associate themselves with the appropriate Competent Authority. Requests will be validated by the Competent Authority or BCP depending on your role. 

Please be aware the first user registering a new TRACES NT account will become the admin for that organisation and thereby be responsible for authorising all further users within their organisation. 

Have a look at these videos on You Tube if you need more help:

User Creation, Login and Role Assignment

CHED-D Part I 

For any technical help with the registration, email

If you have any other questions please respond to this email. 

The Imports and Exports Team 

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Posted on Monday 17th February 2020