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CHED (Common Health Entry Document)


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What are Common Health Entry Documents (CHEDs)?

Common Health Entry Documents, abbreviated as CHEDs, serve as mandatory documentation for specific shipments. These shipments primarily include:

  • Food
  • Animal products
  • Plants
  • Plant-based products

Why are CHEDs Necessary?

CHEDs are required to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations for the mentioned items. Without these documents, shipments may face clearance issues.

Where Should CHEDs be Submitted?

To streamline the submission process, CHEDs must be provided through the TRACES system. TRACES acts as the designated platform for submitting health-related documentation.

Which Items Require CHEDs?

  • Food Products: Including perishable and non-perishable goods.
  • Animal Products: Covering a range of items from meat to dairy.
  • Plants and Plant-Based Products: Encompassing various botanical goods.

How Does TRACES Facilitate CHED Submission?

TRACES, or Trade Control and Expert System, is the dedicated platform for submitting CHEDs. It ensures efficient processing and validation of health-related documentation.

Key Points to Remember:

  • Mandatory Compliance: Ensure CHEDs are provided for relevant shipments.
  • TRACES Submission: Utilize the TRACES system for seamless documentation submission.
  • Item Inclusions: Be aware of the specific items, such as food, animal products, plants, and plant-based products, that necessitate CHEDs.


Understanding and complying with the requirements for CHEDs is crucial for hassle-free shipment of food, animal products, plants, and plant-based products. Utilizing TRACES for submission ensures a smooth and efficient process.

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