Shipping of vegetable oils and fats into Europe by sea voyage benefits from specific conditions. It is permitted in bulk tanks, in which substances included in a positive list (acceptable previous cargoes) were transported.
Strict criteria were established by the Scientific Committee for Food to define the list of acceptable previous cargoes. These criteria were reconfirmed by EFSA in 2009.
For road transport, train and barges, the transport of oils and fats is food dedicated. The definition of food acceptable as previous cargo has been defined by the oils and fats sector in a short list of recommended substances in order to guarantee an optimal cleaning of the tanks (see 14COD152 Annex 1).