TRACES in the Member States - 2013/2016 - CHAFEA N°2012 96 02 (WP3)

Traces MSContract N°CHAFEA N°2012 96 02

In the framework of the “Better Training for Safer Food” Initiative (BTSF) of the Directorate-General for Health and Food safety of the European Commission (DG SANTE), Agriconsulting Europe Consortium organised and implemented 22 training sessions on “Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES)” from 2013 to 2016 as part of the project “Movement and Import Controls of Feed, Food and Animals Mainly for EU Member States” (Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, Contract  N. 2012 96 02).


The training sessions had a 3-days duration on the basis of arrival on Tuesday and departure the next Friday.

7 EU locations were used by the consortium to implement the training courses on TRACES and each session was attended by an average of 30 participants from EU Member States, Candidate Countries, EFTA-EEA Countries and selected non-EU countries.


The specific objective of this course was to ensure communication and dissemination of best practices for TRACES use, improve the knowledge on this system and guarantee consistent and high implementation standards for all EU Member States and other invited countries.

The training was articulated in 4 courses for a total of 11 three-day training sessions per phase:

  • Course 1: TRACES use at import of live animals and products of animal origin (6 sessions)
  • Course 2: TRACES use at imports of food and feed of non-animal origin (5 sessions)
  • Course 3: TRACES use at import of live plants: 3 three-day training sessions (5 sessions)
  • Course 4: TRACES use in intra-EU trade of live animals (6 sessions)



At the end of the program participants gained more knowledge on the use of TRACES, relevant EU legislation on the topics of each course through an interactive learning approach, TRACES procedures, updates and TRACES notifications and challenges.

The training comprised presentations/discussion sessions and working group activities on real case studies. Two practical sessions with Training on laptops on the use of TRACES application were carried out, permitting the participants to work within the system in the computer. Case studies, on particular issues and challenges on the use of TRACES and related activities, were also reproduced in training environment with laptops.

In Course 1, 2 and 3, the visits to a border (Veterinary and phytosanitary BIP, DPE) and in Course 4, to a Local Veterinary Unit (LVU), allowed the participants to be given a demonstration of TRACES use at these levels. The participants also benefited of the access to the certification activities carried out by the local staff.


Support provided by the project

The project reached globally 654 participants from 48 invited countries:  28 Member Sate Countries, 6 Candidate Countries, 2 Potential Candidate Countries, 2 EFTA/EEA countries and 12 non-EU countries.

The project supported travel in economy class by train, car, flight and airport transfers. It supported catering expenses (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and coffee breaks) and accommodation in single occupancy.

A training kit including folder with support presentations, notebook, pen, and a memory stick was delivered at the beginning of the session and a certificate and a group photo were offered at the end of the meeting to each participant.


Consortium Partners

  • Leader: Agriconsulting Europe S.A.
  • Partners: AETS, JVLc, Ainia, NVWA, AENOR

Technical Partners :

  • Tallinn, Estonia: Muuga Port – BIP and DPE
  • Riga, Latvia: Port of Riga – Inspection Post and DPE
  • Madrid, Spain: LVU of Madrid
  • Budapest, Hungary: National Food Chain Safety Office, Liszt Ferenc Budapest International airport - BIP
  • Marseille, France: Direction Régionale de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt de la région Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Marseille port
  • Alicante, Spain : Port of Alicante – BIP and DPE
  • Turin, Italy: Ministry of Health – UVAC di Torino, and LVU


Contact Person:

  • Lorenzo Grazioli ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING )
  • Alicia Juárez ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING )