Defra release import/export information for food
The Government has released new information which has been published by Defra to ensure import and export trade in animals and animal products can continue in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
In the event of no deal, to continue to export to the EU the UK will need to be listed by the EU as a third country. Negotiations are under way to secure this listing.
The new guidance is designed to help minimise disruption for users and allow the continued movement of goods, while helping to maintain biosecurity, food safety and high standards of animal welfare.
Food and Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said: “Our top priority remains delivering a negotiated deal, but it is the job of a responsible Government to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.
“If you or your business export or import animals and animal products or imports high risk food and feed you will need to prepare for a number of changes in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
“Our new guidance pages on gov.uk make clear what you need to do to be ready to continue to trade after we leave the EU.”
In a no-deal exit, the process for exporting and importing certain products will change in the following ways.
• Businesses exporting all animals, animal products and fish to the EU will now need to apply for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) before they export.
• This will make them the same as businesses who export these goods to the rest of the world who already have to apply for EHCs.
• They will also need to make sure their trade route passes through Border Inspection Posts when entering Europe as well as being aware of wider customs requirements.
Businesses importing animals and animal products from within the EU will need to use a separate interim system until the summer.