In order to operate a packing house for agricultural products in the Republic of Cyprus one needs to obtain a Packing House Licence for Agricultural Products by the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
The term “packing house” covers any premises within which sorting, classification, handling, packaging, labeling and storage of agricultural products (mainly fresh fruits and vegetables) are carried out.
Obligations and Supervision
The natural person or legal person to whom the licence of packing house for agricultural products has been issued is responsible for the accuracy of data and information submitted to the competent authority and is obliged to comply with the provisions of the quality control of agricultural laws of 2002-2007 and the relevant regulations that are published based on the above mentioned law.
Moreover, the inspection officers of the Department of Agriculture carry out checks on a regular basis in order to supervise the classification, treatment, sorting and packaging of agricultural products.