EU Regulations

California Almond exports to EU member states are subject to a number of European regulations that pertain to food safety and import controls. The primary regulations that apply include the following:

The import procedures that are outlined in these regulations are to be applied across Europe. A Guidance Document prepared by the European Commission discusses how regulations should be applied and interpreted. It also outlines some of the differences in the ways that member states apply the legislation. Each member state provides a list of Designated Points of Import (DPI) for California Almonds. These are correct to the best of the Almond Board of California’s knowledge; handlers should confirm whether there have been any changes with their importers.

Rejected consignments may be re-exported or returned to the United States. Goods returning to the U.S. must comply with procedures in the U.S. and the export country. For more information, please see the U.S. Goods Return Procedures.

International Standards for Aflatoxin

When almonds are tested in the lab for aflatoxins and are found to have levels above the allowable limits for these countries, the consignment have to be reprocessed or rejected.

U.S. Goods Returns

U.S. Goods Returns Procedure

Consignments that are rejected in foreign markets may be subject to U.S. Goods Return Procedures (PDF), which offer several options.


Pre Export Checks

Pre Export Checks builds upon the legacy of the Almond Board of California (ABC) developed Voluntary Aflatoxin Sampling Plan (VASP) program for shipments to the EU. Participation in the program reduces the level of aflatoxin inspection and controls for consignments shipped to EU member countries.


Tariffs and Duties

Import requirements around the world are always changing. Please view the Summary of Applied Tariffs and Other Trade Measures Applicable to US Almonds.