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Animal imports and exports in a no-deal Brexit

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Yesterday, 20 February, the government published important guidance for businesses that import and export animals, animal products, fish and feed. This guidance is specifically to help businesses prepare in the event of a no deal Brexit.

The new guidance has been covered so far in Pig World, Farming UK, AgriLand and Poultry Site, among others.

In a no deal scenario, the requirements for exports will change. Businesses will need to apply for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) and make sure their trade route passes through a Border Inspection Post when entering Europe. The full guidance and certificates are available for download.

The requirements for imports will also change. There will not be any new border checks but importers will need to notify authorities using a new a new system called the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System’ (IPAFFS). More detail on this is set out in the guidance.  Businesses that import animals and animal products from within the EU will need to use a separate interim system until the summer.

Food and Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said:

Our top priority remains delivering a negotiated deal, but it is the job of a responsible Government to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.

If you or your business export or import animals and animal products or imports high risk food and feed you will need to prepare for a number of changes in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Our new guidance pages on make clear what you need to do to be ready to continue to trade after we leave the EU.

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