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Private Import of Food

Here you will find information on what food you may bring to Denmark from other countries. Private import is for personal use only.

​​Food of animal origin
Due to the risk of introducing animal diseases into the European Union (EU), there are strict procedures for the introduction of certain animal products into the EU. These procedures do not apply to the movement of animal products between the 28 Member States of the EU, animal products coming from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, and Switzerland or fishery products coming from the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland.

General rules regarding import from other EU countries 
(These rules also apply to private imports from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland as well as import of fishery products from the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland).

You may import food of animal origin from other EU countries without permission and without quantitative restrictions, provided that you import the food in your own baggage or receive it by parcel post.

The food must be for personal use.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration may impose restrictions on private imports following an outbreak of contagious animal diseases. The veterinary authorities in each EU country have the latest update on any outbreak of animal disease on their territory.

PLEASE NOTE:​ 
Due to current outbreaks or presence of various contagious animal diseases, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration strongly advises against private imports of food and other products derived from the species specified below for each listed country:

Austria
Food and other products derived from poultry and wild birds
(
Avian Influenza)

Bulgaria
Food and other products derived from cattle
(Lumpy Skin Disease)

Croatia
Food and other products derived from pigs 
(Classical Swine Fever)

Estonia
Food and other products derived from pigs 
(African Swine Fever)

France
Food and other products derived from poultry and wild birds
(
Avian Influenza)

Germany
Food and other products derived from poultry and wild birds
(Avian Influenza)

Greece
Food and other products derived from cattle 
(Lumpy Skin Disease)

Hungary
Food and other products derived from poultry and wild birds
(Avian Influenza)

Italy (Sardinia)
Food and other products derived from pigs, incl. wild boars
(
African Swine Fever)

Latvia
Food and other products derived from pigs, incl. wild boars 
(
African Swine Fever, Classical Swine Fever)

Lithuania
Food and other products derived from pigs, incl. wild boars
(
African Swine Fever)

Poland
Food and other products derived from pigs
(
African Swine Fever), incl. wild boars


General rules regarding private import of food of animal origin from countries outside EU (third countries):
(Please see the above for imports from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland) 

Schematic overview of the rules regarding private import of food of animal origin from third countries according to Regulation (EC) no. 206/2009: 
(For imports from the Fa​roe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland, please see table below)

Food and other products of animal origin
Allowed for private import
Meat (except frogs' legs and casings), milk and products of meat or milk
Import not allowed
 
Powdered infant milk, infant food, and special foods required for medical reasons¹.
Max 2 kg per person
Eviscerated fresh or prepared fish and fishery products.
Max 20 kg per person or 1 fish regardless of weight.
Live clams/oysters, eggs, egg products, honey, snails or frogs' legs
Max 2 kg per person
Dead animals or parts of dead animals covered by CN code 0511² intended for feeding of pets
Import not allowed
Processed feed for dogs, cats and ferrets (e.g. dog chew, canned feed and mixes containing meat or milk)
Import not allowed
Special feed for dogs, cats and ferrets if required for medical reasons¹.
Max 2 kg per person (NOT per pet)



















 
¹) Provided that: 1) the products are packaged proprietary brand products intended for direct sale to the consumer; 2) the products do not require refrigeration before consumption, and the packaging is unbroken unless in current use.
²) International customs code (please click here)​​


PLEASE NOTE In case of outbreaks of contagious animal diseases in a third country, import restrictions on animal products may be imposed. In such cases private imports are not allowed either. Current import restric​tions may be found in the order on import of food etc. under specific restrictions (“Bekendtgørelse om indførsel af fødevarer m.v. med særlige restriktioner”). See this link.

Special rules for the Faroe Islands
, Greenland, and Iceland:

Food and other products of animal origin ​

Allowed for private import

Meat (except frogs' legs and casings), milk, products of meat or milk, and 
dead animals or parts of dead animals covered by CN code 0511² intended for pet feed and processed feed for dogs, cats and ferrets (e.g. dog chew, canned feed and mixes containing meat or milk)

Max 10 kg per p​erson.

Powdered infant milk, infant food and special foods
required for medical reasons¹, and
special feed​ for dogs, cats and ferrets if required for medical reasons². 

Max 10 kg per person

Eviscerated fresh or prepared fish and fishery products

No quantitative restrictions 

Live clams/oysters, eggs, egg products, honey, snails or frogs' legs

Max 10 kg per person. 


¹) This private import is conditioned on: 1) the products are packaged proprietary brand products intended for direct sale to the consumer; 2) the products do not require refrigeration before consumption, and the packaging is unbroken unless in current use.
²) International customs code (please click here)​​​

Food of non-animal origin 
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has no restrictions on private import of food of non-animal origin, if the food is for private use. The Danish AgriFish Agency, however, may have restrictions, please see The Danish AgriFish Agency website​.

Certain foodstuffs of non-animal origin for commercial import are under restrictions or are prohibited. For more information, please use this
li​nk.

Information to travellers (English):
Poster on private imports


Last Modified 24. November 2016