Businesses exporting fishery and aquaculture products for human consumption to the EU and Northern Ireland will have to comply with new export regulations from this weekend.

New export health certificates (EHCs) are now required alongside products to confirm that certain conditions, health standards and regulations for the designated country have been met. This change is as a result of updates to EU animal health law, and the UK’s status as a third country following EU exit.

In addition, there is a requirement for certain products – such as farmed salmon and trout intended for further processing, and farmed live bivalve molluscs – to have the EHC certified by an official vet rather than a food competent certifying officer. A list of products requiring official vet certification can be found in the

UK government’s Notes for Guidance here and here.

Further advice on the new requirements for EHCs is available here.

For any specific queries, you can contact: traders@defra.gov.uk

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