APHA have advised of a change in the process for obtaining an export health certificate (EHC) for certain red meat products to Hong Kong. Poultry exports are currently unchanged.
There are three EHCs that will be affected:-
1957EHC – fresh meat/meat preparations from biungulate animals (excluding bovine)
5604EHC – meat products from biungulate animals (excluding bovine)
6669EHC – chilled/frozen meat and meat products of bovine origin
These will be replaced by two EHCs (8000EHC) using the TRACES system (trade control and expert system), with immediate effect.
The 8000EHC is only for use with fresh meat and offal. Meat preparations (where other ingredients have been added) or meat products (where the cut surface no longer has the characteristics of fresh meat) or as defined by EU reg 853/2004, can continue to be exported where necessary on 5604EHC, which is being adapted for bovine exports too.
For UK reared and slaughtered animals, a health certificate must be applied for.
If eligible EU state reared and slaughtered (but not UK), and then shipped to UK for onward export, then an export declaration must be applied for. An import license is also required from Hong Kong in this case.
***Please note the two forms above are almost identical***
The new process to follow is as follows:-
Please note that from creation, the 8000EHC MUST be signed by the OV within 10 days. Should this deadline expire, for example due to shipping delays, then a new EHC on TRACES must be created.
Any current 1957 or 6669 EHCs in circulation must be signed by the OV on or before 30th November 2017. All new applications must be made on TRACES.
Please click on the links below for the full guidance notes from APHA and for an example of the new style EHC.
Hong Kong export health certificate specimen (UK slaughter)
Hong Kong export declaration specimen (EU slaughter)