THE BUSINESS OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
From January 1, 2021, exporters of animal produce from the UK to the European Union will need an Export Health Certificate (EHC) to accompany their cargo. The timing coincides with the end of the UK-EU transition period. If no new agreement is finalised by December 31, 2020, new regulations will come into force for businesses exporting goods like meats, cheese, dairy and other animal produce to the European Union.
To facilitate the change, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has developed a new section of the Gov.UK website which allows businesses to register and apply for an EHC online for trade with EU and non-EU countries worldwide, as well as other forms of certificates.
To access EHC Online, you'll need a Government Gateway ID and a DEFRA account.
Because EHCs are a requirement for importing products to EU countries, under current arrangements for Northern Ireland in the withdrawal agreement, British exporters of animal produce to Northern Ireland will also need to supply an EHC.
For more information on EHC Online, go to www.gov.uk
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