What are the rules for exporting composite products to the EU?

Guidance for what constitutes a composite product and how to export these, to the EU can be found here.

*Important Note: Many new EU Export Health Certificates (EHCs) are to be implemented by 21 April 2021 which will affect any exports from Great Britain to Northern Ireland and the European Union.

Changes arise from the implementation of the 409 page EC Regulation 2020/2235 which was published on 30 December 2020 and which comes into force after a three month transitional period. It includes the new model EHCs for all categories of materials requiring them as well as notes for completion.

It is important to realise that within this Regulation, the product scope of new EHCs for Composite Products (8281 and 8282) is increased to include any Composite Product containing any dairy i.e. the previous 50% minimum inclusion of these materials no longer applies. The presence of any dairy in a composite product will trigger an EHC requirement and the certificates need to be signed by an official certifying officer.

Separate changes to the Composite Product EHCs being consulted on by the EC until 2 February 2021 remove ambient-stable products not containing meat from their scope. Specific excluded commodity codes are listed in the consultation: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12482-Food-safety-composite-food-products-exempt-from-official-checks-at-EU-borders