Import Export USA Peanuts

EU flagIf you want to export peanuts to the EU or import them into the EU, there is various legislation regarding maximum aflatoxin levels, and pesticide residues etc and import duties that you will need to know about.

As the legislation varies according to the origin of the peanuts, you will most likely need to take further advice, but the information given via the links that appear either to the right or below will give you a good start.

The American Peanut Council can provide help and support to any company exporting or importing100% USA origin peanuts or products to/into the EU. If you would like any assistance please contact our London office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively, telephone +44 20 8263 6254

Pesticide Residue Tolerances

While we aim to keep the information on this site as up to date as possible, you might also want to check out information on the latest regulations on the European Union websites:

EU Food & Aflatoxin Legislation

The General Food Law Regulation (EC) 178/2002 is EC legislation on general food safety. See the guidance on General Food Law Regulation (EC) 178/2002.

The General Food Regulations 2004 (as amended) provides for the enforcement of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) 178/2002 (including imposing penalties) and amends the Food Safety Act 1990 to bring it in line with Regulation (EC) 178/2002. Similar legislation applies in Northern Ireland.

EU Rapid Alerts

RASFF legal basis

The legal basis of the RASFF is Regulation EC/178/2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety (O.J. N° L 31 of 1 February 2002). In Articles 50, 51 and 52 scope and procedures of the RASFF are defined.

Electronic Trade Document Exchange (E-TDE)

This project was started in 2006 with funding from USDA-FAS. It is designed to allow electronic copies of current paper documents to reside on a server at USDA-AMS in Washington, D.C.
The software, developed with FAS funds, allows the documents to be stored for up to 3 years in most cases, and the owner of the peanuts being exported can share access to the electronic documents with importers, port health officials, or any other entity that needs to view the original document. Starting in 2009, the system was improved to allow both an image of the document plus a complete data layer to be housed together on the server. Any system user with access to these documents can download the data layer and use it for internal analysis. The system also allows for scanned documents with limited data layers.

eTDE is currently approved by the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg, Liverpool, Antwerp, Barcelona and Felixstowe in the EU.  USDA-FAS are working with the other EU ports and hope to have more onboard by mid 2015.  It is approved by the government of China for shipments to its ports. The expectation for 2015 is for Canada, Russia and Mexico to approve its use as well as they move towards full electronic documents over the next two years. The entire software and data are protected with the USDA security system called eAuthentication.