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  • 15 Oct 2019 1:27 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Welcome to the fifth edition of Defra’s import and export newsletter. With just under three weeks to go until the 31st October Brexit deadline, it is now really important that you and your business are prepared and ready to continue importing and exporting goods after Brexit.

    The last week has seen a couple of key policy updates affecting exports, which will further help you and your business get ready for 31stOctober.

    Exports: EU approve UK’s application for third country listed status

    During a meeting of the relevant EU committee last week, the UK’s listed status application for the export of live animals including equine, and products of animal origin, including meat and dairy was agreed.

    This means that exports can continue after Brexit in the event of a No Deal, by following the new process for exporting animals and products of animal origin to the EU after Brexit.

    This comes after the UK achieved the required animal health and biosecurity requirements. You can find more information about the announcement here.

    Exports: Guidance on composite goods 

    We updated you on EHCs for multiple loads last week, and since then we have now updated on another key issue that businesses like yours have been asking about: composite goods. 

    The requirements for composite goods vary depending on the product, so we have now published specific guidance on GOV.UK, to help you understand the requirements for your products in the event of a no deal.

    Podcasts on Importing and Exporting

    We have created a series of Podcasts to help you Get Ready for Brexit, and the first on Importing and Exporting are now live on Soundcloud. You can listen to them here.

    Help us get your members or customers ready for Brexit

    As you may have seen, Government are running a large-scale communications campaign to ensure that businesses like yours hear about the key changes they need to know about ahead of Brexit.

    However, we are asking for your help to reach your members or customers, by sharing and amplifying our social media messages. You can do this by sharing relevant content on Defra’s social media feeds –Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For an example, the latest tweet is below:

    Trade Association briefing sessions in October

    As mentioned last week, Defra has started running a small number of free briefing sessions across the UK to help key Trade Associations understand the requirements for moving animals, plants and related products after Brexit. Thanks to those who attended the London event last week, we will be in York and Bristol this week, with a further event in London next week.

    To Do list for this week

    Each newsletter highlights a set of key actions to take that will help ensure you are prepared for 31 October. If they are relevant to you and you haven’t done so already, you need to make sure you do these as soon as possible.

    ·        Importer? Register for IPAFFS– now that IPAFFS registration is live, use this week to register your businesses. Registration for IPAFFS is straightforward and open now. Full details on how to register can be found at If you haven’t already, read our guidance for importers preparing for Brexit.

    ·        Exporter? Have you got your EORI number? – HMRC has automatically allocated all VAT business an EORI number, but if you are not VAT-registered. Find out how to get an EORI number on GOV.UK

    ·        Plant importer / exporter?There will be changes to the documentation required for moving plants after Brexit. Make sure you know the changes affecting the import and export of plants and plant products. You can find the information on GOV.UK.

    ·        Got a question on wider export issues? The Government has set up a dedicated telephone service for traders and hauliers trading goods with the EU after 31 October 2019. The helpline will provide up-to-date guidance to help you prepare for Brexit, and can be contacted on 0300 3301 331, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

    We hope you find this newsletter useful.

    The Imports and Exports Team

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) You are receiving this email because you have used our services in the past. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, you can unsubscribe here. Equally, if anyone else from your organisation would like to be added to this newsletter list, do let us know.


  • 14 Oct 2019 11:17 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)


    UK secures ‘listed status’ to protect £5bn export market

    The UK has secured approval to continue exporting animals and animal products to the EU if we leave without a deal on 31 October – providing certainty for a market worth more than £5billion a year.

    Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers confirmed today that EU member states have granted the UK ‘national listed status’, which ensures exports of live animals and products of animal origin, such as meat, fish and dairy, can continue.

    The move recognises the UK’s high biosecurity and animal health standards and will bring welcome clarity to the country’s world-leading farmers and food producers.

    Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers, said:

    “This is good news for UK businesses. It demonstrates our very high standards of biosecurity and animal health which we will continue to maintain and improve after we leave the EU.

    “If you or your business import or export animal and animal products, we want to make sure you are ready for Brexit. Our guidance sets out what you need to do to continue to trade after we leave the EU.

    “Our top priority remains delivering Brexit by the end of October, and our preference is to do that with a negotiated deal, but it is the job of a responsible Government to ensure we are ready to leave without a deal and without any further pointless delay.”

    The EU’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed confirmed the acceptance of the UK’s listed status on Friday (October 11) after it met the health and biosecurity assurances required for a third country.

    With listed status now confirmed, if we leave without a deal, businesses exporting animals and animal products to the EU will still need to meet new requirements, such as going through the correct EU Border Inspection Post.

    Businesses will also require an Export Health Certificate, which will need to be signed by a certifier such as an Official Veterinarian.

    The decision will also allow the continued movement of equines between the UK and the EU, providing welcome reassurance to the sector.

    British Horseracing Authority Executive Director Will Lambe said:

    “This is very welcome news for our sector, and provides some important certainty ahead of a 31st October departure from the EU. There will still be additional requirements for our participants wishing to travel a horse into the EU, but full guidance and assistance is available. We continue to support and appreciate the UK Government’s position that there will be no immediate change to arrangements for thoroughbreds travelling into the UK in the event of no deal.”

    Guidance for animal importers and exporters is available on GOV.UK. End to end journey maps, available to read here, clearly set out all the steps exporters will need to take. The exports guidance has been updated to clarify that EHCs will be required for all different product types within a consignment. Specific guidance for equine exporters is available here.

    If we leave with a deal, the UK will not need to be listed during the implementation period. To give certainty to businesses and citizens, common rules will remain in place until the end of the implementation period meaning businesses will be able to trade on the same terms as now up until the end of 2020.


    ·        National listed status is the EU’s classification for non-Member states and the UK’s application, first submitted in November 2018, has passed the high criteria on biosecurity measures for animal health and food hygiene.

    ·        A full list of EU border inspection posts is available on the European Commission’s website.

    ·        This decision by the European Union applies only if we leave without a deal on October 31 2019.

    ·        The UK’s successful application as a listed status country covers:

    ·        Live animal movements

    ·        Animal by-product movements

    ·        Equine movements for which we have been placed in health status category A, meaning owners will need to undertake fewer additional blood tests ahead of export than they might have done.

    ·        It does not cover:

    ·        Pet travel scheme. The UK is likely to be treated as an unlisted country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

    ·        Recognition of equine breed societies. For guidance on this topic, please see our industry guidance on GOV.UK:


  • 08 Oct 2019 11:30 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

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  • 08 Oct 2019 11:29 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Livestock and poultry importers - click here

  • 03 Oct 2019 3:58 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Get ready for Brexit Event: What this means for Imports & Exports of animals, products of animal origin, plants and plant products

    We are running a series of briefings for importers and exporters to help you prepare for trading after 31 October.

    These briefings will include comprehensive updates on how imports and exports will be conducted including:

    ·        Exports–        all you need to know about exporting animals, products of animal origin including Border Inspection Posts, Export Health Certificates, labelling, authorised premises (meat), composites, groupage and compliance with ISPM15 (wood packaging materials)

    ·        Imports–        all you need to know about importing animals and products of animal origin including IPAFFS/TRACES, interim solutions for EU imports and high risk pre-notification post-amnesty period for the EU

    ·        Plants–         all you need to know about importing and exporting plants and plant products, including phytosanitary certificates and their implications

    The briefings will be held in London (10 October), York (15 October) and Bristol (18 October). Each event will run from 10:45 until 14:00 and will be structured as a series of presentations covering Defra and HMRC issues, followed by time for your questions to an assembled panel of specialists. The event will include a light buffet lunch at which time you will have the opportunity to speak more informally to the presenters and panellists.

    Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Subject to demand we will run additional events and/or offer a webinar. To book, follow the links below for your preferred location.

    London -

    York -

    Bristol -

  • 24 Sep 2019 3:27 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Update from GOV.UK - Export horses and ponies:  Special rules

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  • 09 Sep 2019 7:37 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Welcome to the second edition of Defra’s imports and exports Brexit newsletter. With around 8 weeks left before the UK leaves the European Union (EU) it is vital that you are prepared for the changes that will be required to importing and exporting goods.

    Exporting goods to the EU and beyond: Export Health Certificates

    When the UK leaves the EU, exporters will need an Export Heath Certificate (EHC) in order to export to the EU and to non-EU countries. Businesses that already export goods to counties outside the EU will already be familiar with these forms and with the online process for exports as for non-EU countries.

    This is a robust and tested system, that is already well known to exporters and it will be ready to go from Day 1.  

    We have uploaded revised Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for exports to the EU on GOV.UK, along with the Notes for Guidance. These can be found here. Following user feedback, we have improved its design to reduce the number of errors and to make them easier to complete.


    We would welcome your feedback and we will continue to refine the forms to ensure that they are as straightforward as possible to complete. Feedback can be submitted by email, please click here.

    Longer term, we are developing a new online system, “Export Health Certificates Online (ECHO)”, which will be rolled-out in phases later this year.  We will keep you updated through this newsletter.

    Exporting goods to the EU and beyond: Process maps

    To help you understand what you need to do to carry on exporting if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, we are preparing a series of process maps. Each map will set out the key steps that you need to follow in order to ensure your export goes successfully. The first map will be published on GOV.UK shortly and a pdf is attached for your reference.

    French customs guidance

    If the UK leaves the EU with no deal Brexit customs formalities and controls at the border between France and the UK will be reinstated for goods. Both imports and exports, will be subjected to two customs declarations, one to British Customs and one to French Customs. Details of the guidance issued by the French authorities can be found here.

    EORI Numbers

    In our last newsletter, we asked you register for an EORI number. These numbers are still required, but since that last newsletter, HMRC have updated their guidance. UK traders will need an EU EORI number if they interact with both UK and EU customs, but not if they just move goods between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  HMRC’s latest EORI guidance can be found here. Any queries about EORI numbers should be directed to HMRC.

    ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ Campaign

    Earlier this week the Government launched a public information campaign to help businesses and individuals prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU. It is the largest single communications campaign ever undertaken by the UK Government. The campaign includes an online checker tool that will tell you what you and your business will need to do to get ready for Brexit. The checker can be found here.


    To Do List

    In this edition we would like to highlight:

    • Sign-up for Brexit updates – If you haven’t already done so, sign-up for the Government’s Brexit update alerts. You can find a link here.
    • Seafood roadshows – In partnership with Seafish and the Marine Management Organisation, Defra, are hosting a series of events across England to help seafood traders, processors and businesses understand the changes that lie ahead and what they can do to prepare. The remaining dates and locations are:

      11th September – Grimsby 
      12th September – Scarborough 
      26th September – Fleetwood 
      4th October – London
    • Border Inspection Posts - Goods will only be able to enter the EU through a Border Inspection Post (BIP) designated for the specific consignment. Check the list of existing BIPs in the EU (here). You should also consider how to redirect your trade route if necessary. If you are transporting goods by road, you should ensure that your freight company is prepared. Further details of the requirements for lorry and goods vehicle drivers can be found here.

    We hope you find this newsletter useful.

    The Imports and Exports Team

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

    Process Map exporting meat of animal origin - click here

  • 22 Aug 2019 5:26 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Defra imports and exports Brexit newsletter

    You are receiving this newsletter as you have a key role in the import or export of animals and products of animal origin (POAO) between the United Kingdom and the European Union.  

    We contacted you ahead of the March and April Brexit dates to help you and your business prepare for when the UK leaves the EU. With an extension to that deadline until 31 October, we will now be sending you this regular update every fortnight until then, to ensure that you have all the latest information you need so that your business - or your customers - can continue to import and export to the EU.

    As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has been clear that the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October. Whilst the Government would prefer to leave with a deal, the UK will leave without one if an agreement cannot be reached. Irrespective of the outcome, Defra has been preparing for the UK’s departure. Robust plans are in place to minimise any disruption to the import and export of animals and animal products, and ensure that you can continue to trade after we leave the EU.

    While we are ensuring that you will be able to import and export between the UK and EU after the UK leaves, the processes, systems and documentation will change. For example, all exports of live animals and products of animal origin will need Export Health Certificates, and there will be a new system for notifying of imports.

    Over the next 12 weeks we will be letting you know when these systems for import and export will be ready for you to use – please do not attempt to register on the imports system yet, we will tell you when you can and ensure that you have proper user support to do so –   as well as when the user guidance will be available, to ensure that you have all of the information you need to be able to import and export to both the EU and the rest of the world after 31 October.

    In addition we will publish helpful process maps, run a series of online WebEx sessions, provide video content and publish social media material through our Defra Twitter handle to help you understand the steps you need to take. We will also attend key industry events across the UK where we can speak to you face to face.

    We would be grateful if you would share the content of our various products with your members and other interested parties, to ensure they take the steps they need to be ready.

    Northern Ireland

    Organisations operating in Northern Ireland should ensure that they are aware that the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) plan to introduce their own procedures for exports. Further information can be found on DAERA’s website:

    To Do List

    Each newsletter will highlight a set of key actions to take that will help ensure that you are prepared for 31 October. If it is relevant to you and you haven’t done it already, you need to make sure that you do it as soon as possible.

    1. Apply for EORI number - The first item in the ‘To Do List’ is to ensure that your European Union Registration and Identification (EORI) number will be valid if the UK leaves with or without a deal. If you do not get one, you may have increased costs and delays. For example, if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cannot clear your goods you may have to pay storage fees. Further information can be found at:

    HMRC recently announced that they will automatically enrol all relevant traders that are VAT registered to have EORI numbers. Further details can be found at:


    If the UK leaves without agreeing a deal, you’ll also need an EU EORI number. Details of how you can obtain an EORI number can be found on the link above.

     Approved establishment list If the UK leaves without a deal, the EU will only accept imports of POAO that have been manufactured from products that originate from approved establishments. If you export POAO, or intend to do so shortly, you need to ensure that the establishments you use are on the approved list. Further details of this requirement and how to register can be found on the Food Standards Agency website. The FSA is supporting Defra to identify establishments that need to be listed:

    Seafood roadshows – In partnership with Seafish and the Marine Management Organisation, Defra, are hosting a series of events across England to help seafood traders, processors and businesses understand the changes that lie ahead and what they can do to prepare. The dates and locations are:

    •    4th September – Plymouth 
    •    5th September – Newlyn 
    •    11th September – Grimsby 
    •    12th September – Scarborough 
    •    26th September – Fleetwood 
    •    4th October – London

    Registration is on a first come first serve basis and attendees will be notified of venue locations closer to the time. You can register for the events here.

    Finally, ahead of its go live we are undertaking user experience testing of the new online export service. We are very keen to get the feedback of users and we are running a two hour session in central London during the week starting 2 September. We want to accommodate as many people as possible and we will try to arrange it around your availability.

    If you would like to take part, please use the link here and the team will get in touch with you to discuss timings. Please let us know what sector you are from so that we can, as far as possible, tailor the session to your specific user needs.

    We hope you find this newsletter useful.

    The Imports and Exports Team

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra 

  • 19 Aug 2019 11:14 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    From DEFRA:

    Travel preparation for pet owners for Christmas Travel

    As you know, our messaging advises pet owners planning to travel with their pets to Europe after Brexit to contact their vets at least four months before travel to prepare for all scenarios, including No Deal.

    We now want to remind pet owners planning a trip to the EU over the Christmas and New Year period that they need to speak to their vets before the end of August 2019 for guidance. 

    Check guidance on GOV.UK to know how to prepare (

    Dropbox of digital assets available for use: (link will open in recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari). 

    How to prepare to travel with your pet over Christmas and New Year in all scenarios 

    If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019, pet owners would need to visit their vet four months before travelling. They will need to ensure their pet has a microchip, an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody. The blood test needs to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination) and a minimum of three calendar months before travel. A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU. Instead, pet owners would need to apply an Animal Health Certificate no more than 10 days before travel.

    Camilla Chapman | Senior External Affairs Manager | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mobile: 07341 800071 | Email: | Address: Seacole Block, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF

  • 29 Apr 2019 5:53 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    From DEFRA:

    The Government reached agreement with the EU to extend Article 50 until 31 October 2019 at the latest. The UK has an option to leave as soon as a deal is ratified within that time. During this extension period, we will remain a member of the EU and current pet travel regulations will continue with pets able to travel to using current EU pet passports. If a deal is agreed and an implementation period is confirmed, pet owners will be able to continue to travel with their pets to the EU under the current pet travel rules using their current EU pet passports until the end of the implementation period.

    Any further guidance or information on how to prepare for EU Exit will continue to be communicated to you, including preparations required for a no-deal scenario, but please do keep checking GOV.UK for updates. It would be fantastic if you could continue to share the above information with your customers as needed to ensure they understand the extension implications and are fully prepared for when the UK leaves the EU. We will continue to update our ‘Pet travel to Europe after Brexit’ guidance on GOV.UK and will of course be in touch with any major updates. 

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