Preparing for new UK Import Controls (1 April, 1 July)

  • On 1 April, the UK will introduce new import controls on certain categories of EU goods, including plant and animal products. This will mean that, in addition to the necessary customs formalities, Irish exporters exporting to the UK need to have their UK importer pre-notify the UK authorities of these goods, get the appropriate Export Health Certificate(s) from the Irish authorities and move the goods together with the Export Health Certificates(s).

  • These new UK import controls will impact on exporters of all products of animal origin, including all meat, dairy, fish and composite products incorporating products of animal origin, as well as regulated plants and plant products. It’s crucial that exporters fully understand these new UK import requirements and ensure everyone in the supply chain, including their UK importer(s), is clear on their roles and responsibilities and can meet them.

  • A range of Government supports are available, including training and grants, to help your business deal with these changes but you will also need to engage with your UK importer and with the UK authorities in respect of UK import controls.

  • Food Safety Authority of Ireland update.

 

        Contents

 

 

  • Changes to exporting to the UK

  • Exporting meat, meat products and composite products

  • Exporting live animals, including equines, germinal products and hatching eggs

  • Exporting plants and plant products

  • Exporting forestry plants, wood and wood products

  • Exporting fish and fish products

  • Exporting dairy products

  • Exporting honey products

  • Exporting table eggs

  • Landbridge

 

 

 

Changes to exporting to the UK

 

For goods exported to the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, the UK is progressively introducing new requirements from 1 January, 1 April and 1 July 2021. This approach is set out in detail in the UK in the UK Border Operating Model.

 

From the 1 April 2021, the UK will implement sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements on imports of:

 

  • Products of Animal Origin (POAO) for human consumption, including meat and meat products, dairy products, fish products, honey, table eggs and composite products.

  • Regulated plants and plant products.

 

These requirements include pre-notification on IPAFFS – the UK equivalent to the EU’s TRACES – and the provision of relevant export health certificates.

 

 

Exporting meat, meat products and composite products

 

From 1 April 2021, consignments of meat, meat products and composite products exported to Great Britain (GB) must be pre-notified on IPAFFS and also accompanied by an export health certificate (EHC).

  • Exporting businesses must ensure that they are registered on TRACES to apply to the Department for an Export Health Certificate.

  • The GB-based importer will need to register with IPAFFS and submit advance notification of import to IPAFFS.

  • The exporter will make the application for an EHC in TRACES and also alert their relevant Veterinary Office (VO) of the upcoming export via email. The exporter will insert all the consignment details on TRACES.

  • Staff in the relevant Veterinary Office will review the application and issue the EHC if requirements are met.

  • The EHC is generated, signed, and stamped by certifying Official Veterinarian(OV) and the original EHC is made available to the exporter.

  • The Irish exporter will email a scanned copy of the signed EHC to the GB importer.

  • The GB importer will upload the EHC onto IPAFFS. This must happen before the consignment arrives in GB.

  • GB import documentary checks will occur remotely, with identity and physical checks undertaken at the point of destination on a risk basis.

  • Both the exporter and importer must also comply with Customs requirements. Please see here for details – Revenue – HMRC.

 

 

 

Exporting live animals, including equines, germinal products and hatching eggs

 

See full information on each individual commodity on Gov.ie Trading in animals and animal products page.

For horses see here, and get information here on pets.

 

 

 

Exporting plants and plant products

 

EU exports of regulated plants, fruit and vegetables must comply with new phytosanitary requirements, including phytosanitary certificates. If you export plants, fruit and vegetables to the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, you should:

 

  • Check whether a phytosanitary certificate is required by checking on Gov.ie website and reading their Trader Notices.

  • Apply for a phytosanitary certificate via the Export Certification System (ECS) here.

  • Give at least 14-days notice prior to export to the Department to allow inspectors to arrange an inspection to see if your plants require laboratory testing of samples to ensure they are free from pests and diseases or inspections during the growing season.

  • Know that consignments of high risk plants, plant products and used machinery must be pre-notified to the UK’s PEACH system and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the Department.

  • Register with the Department if you are exporting plants, plant products or used machinery from Ireland or intend to export these goods to the UK, excluding Northern Ireland.

  • Contact the UK National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) to confirm phytosanitary requirements for plants or plant products.

  • When you receive original phytosanitary certificate in the post, retain the duplicate for records and post the original to your UK customer who will send it to UK NPPO (DEFRA).

 

 

 

 

Exporting forestry plants, wood and wood products

 

Exports of forestry plants, wood and wood products must comply with new phytosanitary requirements, including phytosanitary certificates. If you export wood or wood products to the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, you should:

 

  • Register with the Department as a Professional Operator.

  • Access the Export Certification System (ECS) to get phytosanitary certificates.

  • Establish whether the commodity you are exporting is a regulated commodity and what the specific requirements for its entry.

  • From 1 January 2021, any commodity exported that requires is a plant passport needs to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the Department.

  • If the commodity for export is a regulated commodity, you will need to be officially certified by the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) which is the Department in Ireland and which will involve an inspection and the provision of a phytosanitary certificate.

  • Give at least 14-days notice prior to export to the Department to allow inspectors to arrange an inspection to see if your consignment requires laboratory testing.

 

 

Exporting fish and fish products

 

From 1 January 2021, in terms of anti-illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) fishing, most wild-caught fin fish travelling to the UK will require a Catch Certificate and potentially other commercial and supporting documents – see Gov.ie for details.

 

If you export fish or fish products to the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, these are the changes:

 

  • From 1 April 2021, consignments of fish as products of animal origin for human consumption exported to GB must be pre-notified to the new UK IT system – Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) and accompanied by an Export Health Certificate (EHC). Please note that some such consignments already require Catch Certificate since 1 January and continues after 1 April along with health certificate requirement.

  • The GB importer will need to register with IPAFFS and submit advance notification of import to IPAFFS.

  • Irish exporters with fish consignment for export should apply through a SFPA regional port office for an EHC.

  • SFPA staff will review the consignment details provided by the exporter.

  • The SFPA Certifying Officer will verify if requirements of the certificate are met through documentary and potentially Physical Consignment Controls.

  • Once the EHC is generated, signed, and stamped by the SFPA Certifying Officer the original EHC will be made available in hard copy to the exporter; This EHC should physically accompany the consignment.

  • A scanned copy of the signed EHC is provided by the exporter to the GB importer.

  • The GB importer will need to upload EHC onto IPAFFS. This must happen before consignment arrives in GB.

  • GB documentary checks will occur remotely, with identity and physical checks undertaken at the point of destination on a risk basis.

  • Irish exporters, who have previously exported primary products to GB, should be aware that the UK EHC does not provide for such exports from registered establishments. This means that exports of live bivalve molluscs going from an aquaculture farm or fishing vessel accompanied by a registration document, or gutted iced finfish from a fishing vessel, cannot occur after 1 April 2021. Instead such products will need to be exported from an approved establishment in Ireland having met any human consumption criteria, in order to reach the UK certification requirements.

  • Exports of fish to UK by direct landing of Irish fishing vessels are not covered by this guidance, and when fresh do not require EHC. Please see the SFPA website.

  • Both the exporter and importer must also comply with Customs requirements. Please see here for details – Revenue – HMRC.

For further information on fish and fish product exports, visit here.

 

 

Exporting dairy products

 

From 1 April 2021, consignments of dairy products exported to GB must be pre-notified to the new UK IT system – Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) and accompanied by an Export Health Certificate (EHC). If you export dairy products to the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, these are the changes:

 

  • The GB importer will need to register with IPAFFS and submit advance notification of import to IPAFFS.

  • Exporters will need to apply for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) through the Department’s Dairy Products Certification System (DPCS).

  • Once the EHC process is completed, the original EHC is made available in hard copy to the exporter.

  • The IE exporter will email a scanned copy of the signed EHC to the GB importer.

  • The GB importer will upload the EHC onto IPAFFS. This must happen before consignment arrives in GB.

  • GB import documentary checks will occur remotely, with identity and physical checks undertaken at the point of destination on a risk basis.

  • Both the exporter and importer must also comply with Customs requirements. Please see here for details – Revenue – HMRC.

 

 

 

Exporting honey products

 

From 1 April 2021, consignments of honey products exported to GB must be pre-notified on the new UK IT system – Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) and also accompanied by an export health certificate (EHC). If you export honey products to the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, these are the changes:

 

  • Exporting businesses must ensure that they are registered with the Department and on TRACES to apply to Department for an EHC.

  • The GB importer will need to register with IPAFFS and submit advance notification of import to IPAFFS.

  • The exporter will make the application for an EHC in TRACES and also alert the Honey Inspectorate, located in the Department’s laboratory in Backweston, of the upcoming export via email. Applications for EHC should be made three workings days before export date.

  • Department staff will review the application and issue the EHC if requirements are met.

  • The EHC is generated, signed, and stamped by the Certifying Officer and the original EHC is made available to the exporter.

  • The Irish exporter will email a scanned copy of the signed EHC to the GB importer.

  • The GB importer will upload the EHC onto IPAFFS. This must happen before consignment arrives in GB.

  • GB import documentary checks will occur remotely, with identity and physical checks undertaken at the point of destination on a risk basis.

  • Both the exporter and importer must also comply with Customs requirements. Please see here for details – Revenue – HMRC.

 

 

Exporting table eggs

 

From 1 April 2021, consignments of table eggs exported to the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, must be pre-notified on the new UK IT system – Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) and also accompanied by an export health certificate (EHC) issued by the Department. If you export table eggs to the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, these are the changes:

 

  • Exporting businesses must ensure that they are registered on TRACES to apply to the Department for an Export Health Certificate.

  • The GB importer will need to register with IPAFFS and submit advance notification of import to IPAFFS.

  • The exporter will make an application for an EHC in TRACES and on receipt of the Local Cert Reference Number from TRACES, the exporter will be required to submit an application form with supporting documents by emailing egghealthcerts@agriculture.gov.ie

  • The application and supporting documentation will be reviewed and if in order the EHC can be issued.

  • If supporting documentation is not in order, the exporter will be notified.

  • The EHC is generated, signed, and stamped by the certifying Official Veterinarian and the original EHC is made available to the exporter.

  • The Irish exporter will email a scanned copy of the signed EHC to the GB importer.

  • The GB importer will upload EHC onto IPAFFS. This must happen before the consignment arrives in GB.

  • GB import documentary checks will occur remotely, with identity and physical checks undertaken at the point of destination on a risk basis.

  • Both the exporter and importer must also comply with Customs requirements. Please see here for details – Revenue – HMRC.

 

 

 

Landbridge

 

From 1 April 2021, EU-GB-EU consignments transiting the Landbridge will need to meet the same import control requirements as EU exports to GB. If you export using the Landbridge, these are the changes:

 

  • Pre-notification on IPAFFS system.

  • GB transit health certificates.

  • The New Computerised Transit System should be used.

  • For Landbridge movements to France, pre-notification on TRACES is also required.

 

For more detail on Landbridge movements, please see here.