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Meat and Meat Product Exports 

Our friendly team of export vets have vast experience of signing export health certificates (EHCs) for a wide variety of meat and meat products, to be exported worldwide
. We can provide a competitively priced, high quality service tailored to your individual needs. We can advise and help you obtain the correct documentation and we can then check your products and then sign and stamp the final certificate.


A wide variety of products may be exported to many different countries, but please note that not every type of meat can be sent to every country, depending on what trade agreements are in place and what export health certificates (EHCs) have been agreed. In 2016, the meat export market was worth £306 million.

  • Poultry
  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Goat
  • Venison

Certain processed meat products may also be exported, as can some composite products, such as airline snacks and pizza (although they may also require certification for other products eg dairy, egg).

  • Burgers
  • Sausages
  • Kebabs
  • Tripe/offal
  • Wings, feet, thighs
  • Meat flavourings eg stock cubes


This very much depends on the product and country and must be assessed on a case by case basis. In most exports we will need to ascertain and obtain written confirmation or see documentary evidence of:-

  • Country/ies of origin of the meat, along with import documents if applicable. Some countries will only accept UK, or EU produced meat
  • Presence of the EU oval health mark
  • Absence of certain diseases eg foot and mouth, TB, swine fever, BSE, avian influenza etc
  • Processing/treatment details, where applicable
  • Confirmation of storage/handling/transport in accordance with legislation
  • Storage temeparature

For a full list of products, please contact us for further information or you can check available certificates using our unique export tool here.


An import permit may be required for certain products. The importer or their agent would usually apply for this from the importing authorities. The permit lists any conditions that must be met on the EHC. It may be valid for a certain quantity of goods for a fixed period of time.


This is often needed and must be worded exactly to match the certificate and include the phrase “I am aware that is an offence to give a false declaration”. The person signing must have reasonable knowledge that what they are signing is correct and they must be on the approved list of signatories held by APHA, who can and do follow up on mandecs by telephone or email to check their validity.


There are relatively few vets who are active in the export certification field and it is important to choose someone who has experience with meat exports. At Amivet Exports we are more than happy to work with clients to offer a ‘tailor made’ service. Some companies already export and just need us to inspect the goods and sign the paperwork when needed; others are new to exporting and require a lot more guidance and help through the process.

We travel extensively throughout the UK and aim to be as flexible as possible. You will also get a named contact, so you will get a familiar contact that can get to know and understand your business. For further information and a free, informal discussion about your export requirements, including what products you may need an EHC for, please contact us.