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Part 2: UK Export Health Certificate for EU business requirements from July 2022

(S,P) Food and drink producers and retailers need to prepare for submitting Export Health Certificate for EU-UK POAO trade from July 2022.

On 14 September 2021, the UK has set out a new timetable for introducing full import controls for goods being imported from the EU to the UK. Our part blog series explores everything an EU exporter or GB importer needs to know:

Part 1: New timetable and overview in a nutshell

Part 2: Frequently Asked Questions about the SPS import controls from 2022

Part 3: Details about the SPS changes

Questions and Answers

When will I need an Export Health Certificate?

Animal products being imported from the European Union into Great Britain will not require a certified Export Health Certificate to accompany the consignment until 1 July 2022. Further information about the requirements from July 2022 can be obtained by joining our SPS training and asking our customs and global trade experts via the chat function.

Where can I view the Export Health Certificates?

EHCs are issued by the competent authority in the exporting country, based on the requirements outlined in the model Export Health Certificates. The EHC is issued to the exporter based in the European Union (EU), who then provides the importer with an electronic copy to upload onto the notification in IPAFFS before the consignment arrives into Great Britain.

From 1 July 2022, will my animal products need to enter via a point of entry with a Border Control Post?

Yes, from July 2022 your animal products consignment will need to enter Great Britain via the Border Control Post that is designated to receive your type of goods.

Does the delay apply to animal by-products (ABP) as well as animal products for human consumption?

Yes, products of animal origin (POAO) for human consumption and ABP not for human consumption are included in these new arrangements. Both POAO and ABP consignments will require pre-notification from January 2022 and an EHC from 1 July 2022.

From July 2022, consignments will be subject to documentary, ID and Physical Checks.

Further information can be produced at our SPS training or by asking about requirements from January and July 2022ing our customs and global trade experts via the chat function.

How does the delay impact Prohibited and Restricted (P&R) goods?

Businesses can continue to import P&R goods from the EU into Great Britain until 31 December 2021. Further information can be found on

How and where will I need to pre-notify my goods from 1 January 2022?

IPAFFS is the import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) and is the system used to notify the arrival of imports of live animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin.

It is the responsibility of the GB importer (or a representative acting on their behalf) to register for IPAFFS to pre-notify the relevant authority of the goods’ arrival. If an EHC is required for the commodity, the EU exporter should provide the GB importer with an electronic copy of the EHC and the GB importer must upload this on to the notification in IPAFFS.


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You can watch the video on how to register for IPAFFS and how to pre-notify, here:

Too complicated? Solution: Customs Manager's IPAFFS and EHC Service for food businesses

Other official videos:

How to register for the Imports of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System IPAFFS

How to submit a pre-notification on IPAFFS for Products of Animal Origin (Official Defra Video)

How do these delays impact my goods that are transiting through Great Britain?

Consignments of EU origin and/or third country that have been cleared for free circulation in the EU can continue to transit through Great Britain as they do today.

From 1 January 2022, animal products transiting through Great Britain will need to be pre-notified via IPAFFS before they enter Great Britain. When these goods leave Great Britain, you will also need to notify authorities that the goods are leaving the country.

Additionally, from 1 July 2022, EU origin consignments transiting through Great Britain will require a certified EHC and must enter and exit through a point of entry with an appropriately designated Border Control Post.

Further information can be produced at our SPS training or by asking our customs and global trade experts via the chat function.

My composite product is exempt from certification, will I need to pre-notify its arrival into Great Britain?

No, if your product meets the requirements for exemption from Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) controls you do not need to pre-notify authorities of its arrival. Further information can be produced at our SPS training or by asking our customs and global trade experts via the chat function.

Watch the official video from September 2021

Created before the change of timetable was announced.

Does the delay remove any controls from products under safeguard measures?

No, products being imported under safeguard measures must continue to follow existing requirements and controls. Import requirements are already in place for a few POAO subject to safeguard measures.

Emergency safeguard action can be taken at very short notice to prohibit or restrict the importation of certain products from certain countries following an outbreak of disease or a public health issue (such as avian or swine flu). Information on the latest updates concerning disease outbreaks that may affect imports into the UK can be requested by your customs manager using the chat function.

POAO subject to safeguard measures are required to be pre-notified in advance of arrival using IPAFFS and all goods must be accompanied by an Export Health Certificate.

The GB importer will also need to supply the EU exporter/ Certifying Officer (usually an Official Veterinarian) with the unique notification number (UNN) that is produced when the importer notifies the UK’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) about the import.

The exporter must add the UNN to the Export Health Certificate. If the safeguard measure is in place due to a new or emerging disease outbreak, and the commodity code is not available in IPAFFS, there may be other steps traders need to take to pre-notify.

Further information can be produced at our SPS training or by asking our customs and global trade experts via the chat function

Does this impact on the introduction of the new EHCs for goods exported to the EU or moved to NI from Great Britain as part of the Animal Health Regulation?

No, Animal Health Regulations EHCs apply to goods being exported from GB to the EU or goods moving from GB to NI only. The changes in this communication relate to goods being imported from the EU into Great Britain only.

What shall businesses do?

At this stage, it is reasonable for businesses to start thinking about the appropriate and relevant actions they will need to take to be ready for 1 January 2022. Please contact us via the chat function to discuss your requirements or book a free consultation.

This is a great time to upskill yourself on how SPS works by booking one of our pieces of training. In addition to the LIVE! training, we offer an on-demand training courses on SPS:


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