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Coronavirus/COVID-19 - update on exports

Posted by andrewivesonadmin | Posted 6th August 2020 | Blog, and News

We are slowly getting used to the ‘new normal’ and it seems that coronavirus may be around and affecting us for some time to come. We are providing an update on the effects it is having, and may have, on export certification of products of animal origin, including food.

  • The public panic-buying and stockpiling seems to have settled.
  • Exporters are still struggling to get space on flights and container volume. 
  • Site visits are becoming easier to arrange, with distancing and PPE measures in place.

APHA have also allowed the issue of some ‘white paper’ export health certificates for some countries, on a temporary basis (as opposed to on cream watermarked paper). This means they are e-mailed to the OV, who can print them out, before signing and stamping. This avoid the risk of any delays in the post or due to APHA staff working from home.

For product exports, the countries currently accepting these white paper versions are shown below. The list is subject to change without notice.

Unless otherwise advised, the hard copy of the EHC must still be sent to the destination country, either with the consignment or under separate cover. 



Hong Kong


North Macedonia


People’s Republic of China




Like most businesses, we are closely following Government and Public Health England advice regarding coronavirus and acting on the latest information. In practical terms, we are now taking the following steps:-

  • Any of our staff showing clinical signs, or travelled recently to one of the ‘hotspots’, or been in contact with anyone testing positive, should avoid site visits and self isolate
  • Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitiser) before and after every visit and use appropriate PPE eg masks
  • Sneeze/cough into tissues and carefully dispose 
  • Minimise time on site
  • Minimise contact with people on site and keep a distance where feasible eg avoid handshakes and sitting close to people in crowded offices 
  • Any loads currently certified remotely should be unaffected, assuming no issues with postal or courier services

We will continue to keep you up to date as best we can.

Amivet Exports covers a wide range of animal products and countries. So, for more advice about Export Health Certificates, call our team of qualified export vets on 01606 278707. Alternatively you can email us at info@amivet.co.uk

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