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Import and Export (IMEX) Database

The IMEX Database contains current lists of plants and trawlers which are authorised by the public authority responsible for veterinary and food control and which are published by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in the Bundesanzeiger (Federal Gazette). 

If registered plants are also governed by an announcement obligation (e.g. repackaging plants for fishery products), then they are listed here, too. As a supplement to the official announcements in the Bundesanzeiger, which are made at longer intervals, the regularly updated database gives the circles (manufacturers, commerce, monitoring and other authorities as well as consumers in Germany and abroad) involved in food production and trade an opportunity to obtain information at any time about the current position.

The Federal Agency for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) is in charge of these lists. New entries are made with the proviso that a definitive examination will be undertaken by BMEL. BfR cannot, therefore, assume any liability for the correctness of the data.

Categories of plants

The list contains the following categories of plants:

  • Abattoirs (meat)
  • Cutting plants (meat)
  • Processing plants (meat and poultry meat)
  • Cooling or refrigeration plants (meat and poultry meat)
  • Poultry abattoirs
  • Poultry meat cutting plants
  • Abattoirs and cutting plants for domestic rabbits
  • Production plants for minced meat and meat preparations (meat and poultry meat)
  • Game processing plants
  • Plants for milk and dairy products
  • Plants for egg products
  • Plants for fishery products and live mussels, factory ships
  • Fat rendering and skin processing plants (are authorised and recorded as processing plants but are also entered separately in a special "skin list")
  • Repacking plants (meat and poultry meat)
  • Gelatine plants

The following details for each plant include

  • veterinary control or other identity number,
  • Land (e.g. Bavaria or Brandenburg) where the plant is based,
  • place of business,
  • name of the plant,
  • details about authorisation restrictions (e.g. only authorised for the slaughter of pigs) or addenda (e.g. "also authorised for poultry meat preparations", "also authorised for exports to Japan"),
  • any special provisions (e.g. "authorisation suspended")


BfR reports to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)


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