As of the 1st Jan 2021, the EU is treating the UK as a third (non-Member) country. This has meant that UK exports to the EU are subject to the same documentary, certification and other requirements as goods from the rest of the world, including in respect of issues such as permits for road haulage. Animal and plant based food and feed products are subject to quite specific requirements related to their respective health and safety risks.
Companies which already export to non-EU countries are familiar with these requirements and have scaled up their internal procedures accordingly. But companies which have only ever traded with the EU need to have new processes in place and factor in the extra time required prior to shipment, particularly in order to obtain an export health certificate. Many may find it easier to employ customs agents to help with this, though there is significant demand for such services.
In addition, the format of export health certificates is changing from 21 April 2021 including the introduction of new certificates for composite foods.
A summary of the main requirements and an initial check list can be found at Prepare to Export from Great Britain. A useful set of key documents are set out in Defra’s GB to EU Trader Showcase. Different arrangements apply in respect of goods exported to the EU from Northern Ireland, which continue to be subject to Customs Union and Single Market rules. Please see here for further details.
Any GB exporter experiencing problems on entry to a Member State should contact Defra at SM-Defra-traders (DEFRA) firstname.lastname@example.org
- General Guidance
- Exporting from Britain to the EU
- Export Health Certification (EHC)
- Border Control Points (BCP)
- Tariffs & Customs
- Plant & Animal Products
- Products of Animal Origin (POAO) including Animal By-Products (ABP)
- Rules of Origin (ROO)
- Plants, Cereals and Potatoes
- Trade with the rest of the World
- Exporting live animals
- Composite foods