This article explains what an export health certificate is, why you need it and what you need to do to prepare for Brexit.
A Health Certificate may be required if your goods contain product of animal origin. This is a physical document – the only part of modern customs procedures that has not yet been digitised. The document travels with the product and gives assurance of food safety.
These documents prove traceability of agriculture products through the supply chain.
Without these certificates your goods will not be allowed past the Border Inspection Post in the importing country and will need to be returned or could possibly even be destroyed.
As well as obtaining health certificates from your local agricultural authority, health assurance information also needs to go to your importer so it can complete an entry 24 hours in advance of your transporter arriving at the port with your goods.
Health certificates are obtained from your local agricultural authority:
Your site needs to be registered with the Food Standards Agency or you will not appear in the Traces system. This can be done here.
As well as your own preparations you will need a customs agent. McCulla Ireland has been the trusted partner for moving goods between and within UK and Ireland for more than 50 years and with expertise in refrigerated transport and food distribution has a wealth of experience in moving goods of animal origin.
If you have any questions relating to health and phytosanitary certificates, speak to the McCulla Ireland customs team today. Find out more about our Customs Clearance Service here.