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EU Delays Need for GB Traders Exporting Animal Products to Obtain the New Health Certificates



The EU has decided to delay when traders must start to use the new Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for imports into the trading bloc – a measure that was expected to start from 21 August 2021.


The delay applies to GB traders moving, amongst other goods, products of animal origin to the EU and to Northern Ireland.


The EU voted to delay the requirement for new Animal Health Regulation (AHR) EHCs, which must be signed by a vet or an Environmental Health Officer, until 15 January 2022.

In most cases, either the ‘old’ or the ‘new’ EHC can be issued, however the Animal & Plant Health Agency has withdrawn some of the new style EHCs pending an update to the wording.


The new AHR EHCs do not affect animal by-products or pet food.


Products covered by EHCs


EHCs are needed for all products of animal origin, live animals, germinal products (animal semen, embryos or egg cells), and composite products


The move will be welcomed by British food producers, retailers and farmers in particular.

The EU’s proposal will mean that current EHCs signed by 15 January 2022 can enter the EU up until 15 March 2022, however, this is more aimed at container freight from Australia as most GB-EU shipments arrive the next day.


Changes to the rules for the certification of composite products which took effect in April 2021 continue to apply.

You can find out more about how to get an Export Health Certificate here.

Need further support?

  • GMCC Trade team works closely with experts who can help you obtain your Health Certificates. Simply email us at exportbritain@gmchamber.co.uk for more information and support.

  • Visit our Brexit Hub


Source: Northern Ireland Customs and Trade Academy and Amivet

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