Countries that can enter

We would like to take entries from all countries into the World Steak Challenge. However, we have to follow the EU legislation in regards to import.

Please follow the rules below:

  • If the meat is from any country in the EU you can enter.
  • If it is from any other part of the world, be aware that the meat must come from an EU approved plant (slaughterhouse, cutting plants, cold stores). Click on the country below to see the EU-approved list.
  • Any meat imported must meet EU legislation including hygiene and traceability requirements.
  • Certain countries are restricted to import from certain areas and these are listed below. 
  • More information can be found here from Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
  • Legislation for the below comes from ref 206/2010 – this can be found here
  • Please be aware that while we provide a high-level summary on this page you should also check regulations and requirements if you are unsure.

If you have any questions, contact Ellie on ellie.knight@wrbm.com or telephone 01293 846608.

All beef from Andorra is allowed to be imported into the EU.

Please click below to see the list of approved plants by EU for Argentina

Approved Plants

Beef is only allowed from the following areas - The Provinces of: Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Corrientes (except the departments of Berón de Astrada, Capital, Empedrado, General Paz, Itati, Mbucuruyá, San Cosme and San Luís del Palmar) Entre Ríos, La Rioja, Mendoza, Misiones, Part of Neuquén (excluding territory included below), Part of Río Negro (excluding territory included in below), San Juan, San Luis, Santa Fe, Tucuman, Cordoba, La Pampa, Santiago del Estero, Chaco, Formosa, Jujuy and Salta, excluding the buffer area of 25 Km from the border with Bolivia and Paraguay that extends from the Santa Catalina District in the Province of Jujuy, to the Laishi District in the Province of Formosa , Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego, Corrientes: the departments of Berón de Astrada, Capital, Empedrado, General Paz, Itati, Mbucuruyá, San Cosme and San Luís del Palmar, Part of Río Negro (except: in Avellaneda the zone located north of the Provincial road 7 and east of the Provincial road 250, in Conesa the zone located east of the Provincial road 2, in El Cuy the zone located north of the Provincial road 7 from its intersection with the Provincial road 66 to the border with the Department of Avellaneda, and in San Antonio the zone located east of the Provincial roads 250 and 2) Part of Neuquén (except in Confluencia the zone located east of the Provincial road 17, and in Picun Leufú the zone located east of the Provincial road 17)

Please click below to see the list of approved plant by EU for Australia

Approved Plants

Austria is an EU country. 

Belgium is an EU Country. 

Please click below to see the list of approved plants by EU for Botswana

Approved Plants

Beef is only allowed from the following areas - the veterinary disease control zones 3c, 4b, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 18

Please click below to see a list of approved plants for Brazil

Approved Plants

State of Minas Gerais, State of Espírito Santo; State of Goiás; State of Mato Grosso; State of Rio Grande Do Sul, State of Mato Grosso Do Sul (except for the designated high surveillance zone of 15 Km from the external borders in the municipalities of Porto Murtinho, Caracol, Bela Vista, Antônio João, Ponta Porã, Aral Moreira, Coronel Sapucaia, Paranhos, Sete Quedas, Japorã, and Mundo Novo and the designated high surveillance zone in the municipalities of Corumbá and Ladário). State of Santa Catarina, States of Paraná and São Paulo

Bulgaria is an EU country. 

Please click below to see a list of approved plants by the EU for Canada.

Approved Plants

Please click below to see a list of approved plants by the EU for Chile 

Approved Plants

Croatia is an EU country. 

Czechia is an EU country.

Denmark is an EU country. 

Estonia is an EU country. 

Please click below to see a list of approved plants by the EU for the Falkland Islands. 

List of Plants

Finland is an EU country.

France is an EU country. 

Germany is an EU country. 

Greece is an EU country. 

Hungary is an EU country. 

Iceland is an EU country. 

Ireland is an EU country. 

Italy is an EU country. 

Please click below to see a list of approved plants by the EU for Japan 

Approved Plants

Latvia is an EU country. 

All beef from Liechtenstien is allowed to be imported into the EU.

Lithuania is an EU country.

Luxembourg is an EU country. 

Malta is an EU country. 

Please click below to see a list of approved plants by the EU for Nambia 

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Beef is only allowed from the area south of the cordon fences which extend from Palgrave Point in the west to Gam in the east

The Netherlands is an EU country. 

Please click below to see the list of approved plants by the EU for New Zealand. 

Approved Plants

Please click below to see a list of approved plants by the EU for North Macedonia. 

Approved Plants

All beef from Norway is allowed to be imported into the EU.

Please click below to see a list of approved plants by the EU for Paraguay. 

Approved Plants

Beef can be imported from the whole country except for the designated high surveillance zone of 15 Km from the external borders.

Poland is a EU country.

Cyprus is an EU country. 

Romania is an EU country. 

Please click below to see the list of approved plants by the EU for Serbia. 

Approved Plants

All beef from San Marino is allowed to be imported into the EU.

Slovakia is an EU country. 

Slovenia is an EU country. 

Spain is an EU country. 

Please see the list of approved plants by the EU for Swaziland.

Approved Plants

Beef must come from the area west of the ‘red line’ fences which extends northwards from the river Usutu to the frontier with South Africa west of Nkalashane, The veterinary foot and mouth surveillance and vaccination control areas as gazetted as a Statutory Instrument under legal notice number 51 of 2001

Sweden is an EU country. 

All beef from Switzerland is allowed to be imported into the EU.

The UK has now left the EU. If your company is based in Northern Ireland there is currently no restrictions on exporting meat to Ireland. 

If you are exporting beef from Great Britain please referred this page here for exports into the EU. 

Please also be aware that the companies must be approved to export to the EU. 

List of companies for England and Wales

List of companies for Scotland 

Please click below to see the list of approved plants by the EU for the USA. 

Approved Plants

Please click below to see the list of approved plants by the EU for Uruguay.

Approved Plants