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Import of pressure equipment into the EU market

The basic principle of EU harmonisation legislation is that irrespective of the origin of the products, they need to be compliant with the applicable EU harmonisation legislation if they are made available on the European Economic Area (EEA) market.

Note: The European Economic Area (EEA) means 27 EU countries + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Pressure equipments manufactured in the EU and pressure equipments from non-EU countries are treated alike (intended for import to the EU marked). The PED (2) legislation applies to pressure equipments outside the Union when they are made available on the EU market for the first time; not only to newly manufactured pressure equipment but also to used.

Procedure of import pressure equipments from non-EU countries to the EU market

Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 (1) requires for import pressure equipments from non-EU countries to the EU market in essence that for certain products placed on the EU market there must be an economic operator (a manufacturer established in the EU or importer) in the EU who on request provides the authorities with information or takes certain action.

The importer is the economic operator established in the Union who places a pressure equipment from a third country on the Union market. He has important and clearly defined responsibilities under the Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 (see below). To a large extent they build on the type of responsibilities which a manufacturer based in the EU is subjected to.

Before they can reach the end-user in the EU, products from countries outside the EU will be presented to customs and declared for the release for free circulation procedure. The name and contact details of the economic operator have to be present when the product is declared for free circulation at customs (Regulation (EU) 2019/1020) (1). The purpose of release for free circulation is to fulfil all import formalities so that the goods can be made available on, and circulate freely in the EU market like any product made in the EU.

PED Import procedure

Manufacturer

The manufacturer is responsible for designing and manufacturing the pressure equipment in accordance with essential requirements laid down by the PED (2) and for carrying out conformity assessment in accordance with the procedure(s). When placing a pressure equipment on the EU market, the responsibilities of a manufacturer are the same whether he is established outside the European Union or in a Member State.

Importer

For pressure equipments imported from countries outside the EU, Union harmonisation legislation (1) envisages a special role for the importer. The latter assumes certain obligations which to some extent mirror the obligations of manufacturers based within the EU.

The importer is the economic operator established in the Union who places a pressure equipment from a third country on the Union market. He has important and clearly defined responsibilities under the PED legislation. To a large extent they build on the type of responsibilities which a manufacturer based in the EU is subjected to.

The importer is defined as any natural or legal person who places a pressure equipment from a third country on the EU market. As a general rule, before placing a pressure equipment on the market the importer must ensure:

  • that the appropriate conformity assessment procedure has been carried out by the manufacturer. If he has any doubt about the conformity of the pressure equipment, he must refrain from placing it on the market. If the pressure equipment has already been placed on the market, he has to take corrective actions. In both cases the manufacturer might need to be contacted to clarify any doubt about the conformity of the pressure equipment.
  • that the manufacturer has drawn up the technical documentation, affixed the CE marking), fulfilled his traceability obligations and accompanied, where relevant, the product by the operating instructions and safety information in a language easily understood by consumers and other end-users, as determined by the Member State concerned.

These obligations are meant to make sure that the importers are aware of their responsibility to place only compliant products on the market. Neither do they imply the need for importers to systematically resort to additional control procedures or (third- party) testing, nor do they preclude them from doing so.

The importer also has to:

  • Indicate the following two elements:
    • (1) his name, registered trade name or trade mark and 
    • (2) the address at which he can be contacted on the product.
  • Ensure that, while a product is under his responsibility, storage or transport conditions do not jeopardise its compliance with the requirements set out in the applicable legislation;
  • Keep a copy of the EU Declaration of Conformity for 10 years after the product has been placed on the market;
  • Ensure that the technical documentation can be made available to the competent national authority upon request. The importer has to cooperate with that authority and upon a reasoned request, has to provide that authority with all the information and documentation necessary to demonstrate the conformity of the product in a language which can be easily understood by that authority. The idea is that the national authority might accept a language they understand and which is different from the national language(s). The language chosen is subject to negotiation with the authority and could be a third language, if accepted by the authority.
  • On request by market surveillance authorities, the importer must identify any economic operator who has supplied him and to whom he has supplied the product. He must be able to present this information for a period of 10 years after he has been supplied with the product and for a period of 10 years after he has supplied the product;

The importer needs neither a mandate from the manufacturer, nor a preferential relationship with the manufacturer like the authorised representative. However, the importer must ensure, in order to fulfil his responsibilities, that a contact with the manufacturer can be established (e.g. to make the technical documentation available to the requesting authority).

The importer may wish to carry out administrative tasks on behalf of the manufacturer. In such a case, he has to be explicitly designated by the manufacturer in order to become an authorised representative. In the same way, an authorized representative can also act as an importer. In this case, he must also take on the defined tasks of the importer.

Read more:

(1) Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products

(2) PED – Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU

EU single market: Market surveillance for pressure equipments

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