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UK: Agri-Food Certificates for EU operations from 1 July 2022

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Download the latest UK's official information to help get EU agri-food into the UK from 1 July 2022. Preparation is key, so here are two helpful documents you need to prepare for the sweeping UK veterinary control changes.

We need to make sure that trade flows. Businesses want to avoid the disturbances that occurred in January 2021 on the EU and UK side, and asked operators and the Member States to be ready once the UK implements the controls gradually as from 1st July 2022.

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Three presentations can help EU businesses get ready for UK changes:

  1. Defra's lastest information (March 2021) was released in their PowerPoints.

  2. Overview of the SPS provisions in the EU-UK TCA

  3. The rules for importing agri food products in the UK.

Under the revised timetable:

  • The requirements for pre-notification of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 January 2022.

  • The new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.

  • Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts, due to be introduced on 1 January 2022, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.

Trader Webinar 2021: Importing POAO goods from EU into Great Britain

Download the slides from the webinar at the beginning of March

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Overview of the SPS provisions in the EU-UK TCA

Main elements:

  • Single entity: harmonised certificates and for authorisation procedure - for future new products where authorisation is required, it will be an EU-wide authorisation and for the ones already authorized, it will be expedited for the other Member States

  • Grandfather clause and regionalisation measures: regionalisation measures at the end of the transition period will continue to apply, and new regionalisation on both sides will follow expedite the procedure to limit the impact on trade

  • Pre-listing of establishments and no need for audits

  • Animal welfare, fight against AMR and the issue of cooperation on sustainable food systems are also in the scope of the agreement

  • Date of the SPS Committee has not been set yet.

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The rules for importing agri-food products in the UK.

  • From GB, all certificates will be available on time and in advance of 1st April 2020.

  • Certification requirements detail the characteristics to be used from the Member States to export to GB.

  • IPAFFS will start on 1st October 2021 - for all the others like animal products certificates, it will start on 1st April 2021.

  • Pre-listing process: on establishment approved in the UK to export to the EU: all entered in TRACES, but there was a problem to publish them - it is on the way to be resolved. Meanwhile, there is a specific link on the website to find a reference on UK website where establishments are listed. The second way to get the list: in TRACES.

  • UK authorities will use the list of establishments listed in TRACES for EU establishments to export to GB, meaning the list shall be updated. This information has been transferred to the Member States for an update so they can export to GB.

  • Commission services were busy for the last three weeks to discuss with UK authorities on what BPCs are asking - while there are some differences per Member State. The Commission is consulting with the Member States to make sure that BPCs are aligning on what is being done.

  • All GB Certificates will be in the TRACES system. The UK has only the UK import certificates. The Commission is making efforts to translate the certificates into all languages and can be downloaded from TRACES.

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