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Export Health Certificates/Food Certificates

An EHC is an official document, issued by Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

They are assessed and signed by an APHA appointed official veterinarian (OV).

There are over 1,500 different export health certificates available, covering over 130 individual countries.

Some products may require more than 1 certificate if they include several ingredients.

The certificates are broadly split into 9 sections:-

  • MEAT – includes poultry, lamb, beef, pork, venison, goat; fresh, frozen, chilled and processed products (e.g. burgers, sausages), meat flavourings, mechanically recovered meat and offal (eg liver, tripe) and other products (eg bovine hooves, chicken feet/wings/thighs)
  • DAIRY – includes milk, cream, yogurt, ice cream, cheese, custard, rice pudding, ice cream, cooking sauces, baby food and formula, airline snacks, pizza, crisps, milk and whey powder. Can be cow, sheep, goat or buffalo origin
  • HIDES – including skins, leather, pelts, feathers, wool, lanolin and bristles. Origin may be cow, sheep, goat, pig, deer and avian
  • EGGS – table eggs and egg products. This does not include hatching eggs that are dealt with under live animal exports
  • GELATIN – including collagen and casings for human consumption, animal consumption, industrial use and also gelatin in tablet and capsule form
  • PET FOOD – canned and dry pet food and animal feed in both raw ingredient form and final processed form. Also covers fish bait
  • FISH – fresh and frozen fish, molluscs, prawns, crustaceans and fish oils
  • LABORATORY – culture media, blood products, test kits, serum, laboratory reagents and disaccharide sugars
  • MISCELLANEOUS – a wide ranging section varying from antlers and bones, to ash, charcoal and used riding boots, with many in between!

 Click here for further details about EHCs

Where do I start?

Our website has an export certification tool that will help you to narrow down the options.  You can choose by product and country to find out which health certificate you need.


Export Health Certificates for Meat, Dairy and Food Products


Can you explain more?


We also have a short video that explains the export process step by step. Click the image below to watch this now.


What next?

For further advice – get in touch with our friendly team.

Whatever you want to send, wherever you want to send it – if it can be done, then we will help you to get it there.

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