In order to export certain agri-food products outside the European Union (EU), exporters:
- first have to apply for an AGREX Export certificate which will enable the European Union to track the export of agri-food products;
- may apply for a refund which is meant to compensate for the price difference of said products in the EU and outside the EU.
In Luxembourg, these certificates and refunds are managed by the Licensing Office.
Exporters established in Luxembourg must apply for AGREX certificates to export certain products included in the common agricultural policy (CAP), in particular:
- certain animal products: bovine, caprine, kid, ovine, swine, poultry, eggs and dairy products (butter, milk);
- and certain plant products: cereals (spelt, common wheat, rye, barley, oat, maize, wheat, and oilseeds).
- the customs tariff classification (CN code) of the goods concerned;
- and the export quantities from which a certificate is required.
In some cases, the Licensing Office may require a deposit covering the transaction costs.The deposit will be refunded once the transaction has been fully completed and within the planned timeframe.
Application for the AGREX certificate
Exporters must send an application for an AGREX certificate to the Licensing Office.
The application must be accompanied by the following documents:
- an explanatory letter;
- a detailled invoice;
- a health certificate (for animal products);
- where applicable:
- an analysis of the product;
- or a certificate of origin.
The Licensing Office reserves the right to request any additional documentation useful for considering the request.
AGREX certificates issued by the Licensing Office indicate, where applicable, the refund rate granted to the exporter.
When the export transaction is completed, the operator who is entitled to a refund must provide the Licensing Office with the application for the refund together with the documents confirming the completed export:
- transport documents;
- customs documents certifying the export outside the EU customs territory;
- or documents certifying delivery of the goods.
Where needed, a certified translation of these documents may be requested.
There are currently no agri-food products which give entitlement to a refund.