30 Phytosanitary Inspectors from both sides of the Dniester River came together in Chisinau on 31 October and 1 November for a workshop on the use of the EU’s Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES). Organised by EUBAM and hosted by the Republic of Moldova’s National Food Safety Agency (ANSA), the workshop familiarised the inspectors with the system and allowed them to gain practical experience in performing advanced notification filling in TRACES by cargo representatives and verification by Phytosanitary Inspectors.
The workshop was facilitated by a leading EU expert on the TRACES system, and was followed on 2 November with an advisory session for ANSA management in preparation for the system’s introduction to the country’s phytosanitary controls from 2018.
TRACES is the European Commission’s online management tool that tracks the movement of animals, food, feed and plants imported from outside the EU or traveling into EU Member States. TRACES protects the consumers, encourages cooperation and facilitates trade. The Republic of Moldova is introducing TRACES as part of its alignment to EU standards stemming from the Association Agreement.