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A to Z of food and animal product exports (part 2)

Posted by andrewivesonadmin | Posted 15th August 2018 | Blog, News, and Uncategorised


Even when everything has been done correctly things can still go wrong. Here at Amivet, we have experienced a wide degree of difficulties that can be encountered both pre export and if goods are held at customs and we have come up with some innovative solutions and are always happy to assist in any way we can.



Some countries and products require a valid import permit. Your permit needs to be received before applying for certificates from APHA so that the conditions required by that country are known and can be met. Your permit will have an expiry date (typically 6 months to 2 years) and will name the products it applies to. Some are valid for single loads only (eg South Africa), others will allow multiple loads. The import permit is normally applied for by the importer or customer in the destination country.



There are some many products of animal origin that are being exported all around the world. Here at Amivet, we deal with a wide range of products from highly processed commodities like bottled sauces and delicious desserts through to leather, frozen meat cuts and milk. Meat and dairy are the two main exports, but we also deal with fish, eggs, hides and skins, gelatin, pet food, laboratory materials and much more. We are here to work with you to make the process as simple as possible.




The requirements for export are constantly changing. As an exporter you need to not only be aware of the changes yourself but also be able to rely on your OV to be up-to-date with these changes. Our team at Amivet have a wide ranging knowledge over the spectrum of exports. There are over 1,500 different EHCs available and it is a rapidly moving field.


All products need to be adequately labelled before export. It depends what and where you are exporting as to what needs adding to the label and in what languages. For example processed foods will have ‘Best before/Use by’ dates, meat will have slaughter dates and where appropriate, approval number EU oval health marks. Weights and quantities are needed along with a description of the product. Inconsistencies with your labels may lead to your load being rejected. We have contacts in the labelling industry that can help if required.


Our term for the Manufacturer’s declaration required for certain consignments. It is vital that the wording is exactly that asked for in any import permit and that it is signed by someone from the company that has due knowledge of the processes and statements they are signing for. We can draft these for you if required so they are correct. They must include the phrase “I am aware that is is an offence to make a false declaration”. We also require a list of authorised signatories from a senior person in the company.



To be continued…….but for further information about any aspect of exporting, please contact us here.


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#Pharma #Laboratory #Export Health Certificates available online (ONLY) from 21st August 2020 for exports outside of the EU:


Visit https://www.amivetexports.co.uk/blog/ehco-2/ to find out how this will affect you, and to see the full list of 131 certificates.


#MiscProducts #EHCs available online (ONLY) from 21.8.20 for exports outside of the EU:

7768 Republic of South Africa of milk/milk products for animal consumption

Visit https://www.amivetexports.co.uk/blog/ehco-2/ to find out how this will affect you, and to see the full list of 131 certificates.

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