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Defra has published guidance on the import and export trade in animals, animal products.  It includes information for importers on the health certificates required for animals and animal products and describes the staged approach for importing high risk food into GB from the EU. This will help to minimise disruption for businesses and allow the continued movement of goods, while helping to maintain our biosecurity, food safety and high standards of animal welfare. 

Those who import animals, animal products, fish and fishery products and high-risk food and feed should:

  • Read the guidance 
  • If importing animals, animal products, high-risk food and feed not of animal origin from a third country directly to GB or via the EU, ensure that the consignment enters the  at a Border Control Post (BCP) that can accept that category of food, or is accompanied by a fully completed CHED. A list of BCP’s can be found via the .Gov website.  
  • If importing wild caught fish and fishery products between the UK and EU, you will need a catch certificate.  Guidance is available here.  

Information regarding the export of products of animal origin (POAO) to the EU such as meat, fish, shellfish, eggs and dairy products was sent to food businesses in a letter from the Food Standards Agency (dated 14/01/19) telling them about the information they would need to provide.  A similar letter was also sent to feed businesses (dated 11/02/19).  The information provided from these businesses would be included on the list for approval by the EU to allow UK businesses to export POAO to the EU.  If you did not receive this information and need to list your company to export to the EU, contact

The Food Standards Agency and other parts of government have published extensive advice here.  


How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021 - GOV.UK

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