T 01606 278707


Brexit planning update

Posted by andrewivesonadmin | Posted 22nd February 2019 | Blog, and News

The UK is due to leave the EU, at 11pm on 29th March 2019. Realistically, very few people actually want a ‘no-deal’, however this remains the default status unless a deal, reversal or postponement is arranged.

DEFRA have therefore been planning for this situation, as in a ‘no-deal’, the UK will be treated as a third country and as such, export health certificates (EHCs) will be required to export many products of animal origin (POAO) to, or through, the EU27.

They have released 91 new EHCs that are relevant to POAO – the list can be downloaded here. There is also a new ET169 application form to complete for each one. It would seem that the exporter would apply with the ET169 and the EHC form to APHA, who print and post the EHC to the OV, as most of them are done now.

The final EHCs are signed by the OVs and there will be a hard paper copy, rather than a TRACES style validated online copy. It is not currently clear what will happen with TRACES certificates to countries such as Chile, Canada or Hong Kong.

You should check carefully which certificates are required for your products and we can then research fully the requirements of the EHC and the accompanying notes for guidance to see what checks and documents will be required to enable us to sign.

For exports outside the EU, there should be no change from the current system. There may be some wording changes to reflect UK rather than EU legislation. Please also be aware that for goods trans-shipping via the EU, an EU EHC may ALSO be needed.

The FSA have also released updated guidance about the use of the oval health mark. It would appear that:-

For exports to EU – either use GB or UNITED KINGDOM eg GB AB123 or UNITED KINGDOM AB123

For exports to non-EU, UK must be used eg UK AB123 (unless the country has indicated they will accept GB or UNITED KINGDOM)

For domestic use, UK, GB or UNITED KINGDOM can be used. The current EU mark may be used domestically until 31/12/20.

As you will be aware, this is a time of great uncertainty and we are keeping abreast of news and updated and ensuring that we are prepared for whatever deal, or no-deal, we end up with.

Please contact us if you require further information.

« Previous ArticleNext Article »

OV Focus - Jemma Webley BVMS MRCVS

Jemma joined Amivet in 2015 after qualifying in veterinary product exportation and is now part of the team providing essential services. Outside of work Jemma is a keen gardener who also takes part in open water swimming events.

Karina Pearson MSC Food Technology; OCQ (AHP) – CSO

Karina has a strong knowledge of quality and food safety systems, and international food legislation.Karina joined Amivet in March 2019 as a CSO to support export certification services in the Home Counties and London area.

OV Focus - Jenny Grewal - BVSc CertAVP(CP), MRCVS

Graduated in 2008, then internship at Langford Vets, followed by a position in Chippenham, which included export work. In 2016, I started to do a mix of small, farm and exotic work as a locum, along with export certification.

Load More...