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The UK and EU have concluded the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and now the UK is an independent coastal state.

Annual fisheries negotiations with other coastal states namely EU, Norway, Iceland and Faroe Islands are due to start in the autumn.

Export Health Certificates January 2022 onwards

Businesses which export fishery and aquaculture products for human consumption to the European Union (EU) and Northern Ireland (NI) will be required to use new export health certificates (EHCs), which confirm certain requirements, health standards and regulations have been met.

The European Commission has now provided clarity on the certification requirements for exports of wild caught species listed in EU legislation. This clarification applies to the new fish and crustacean EHC (export health certificate 8361).

We have confirmation that consignments of wild fishery products, including live wild crustaceans, landed from fishing vessels into the UK do NOT require completion of Part II.2 of the certificate. Part II.2 can therefore be deleted, meaning this EHC can be signed by an FCCO (food competent certifying officer).

Part II.1 of the certificate must be completed, but it can be completed either by an FCCO, or an OV (official veterinarian).

Listed fishery products from aquaculture, requiring further processing in the EU, will need part II.2. of the certificate to be completed. An OV will be required to sign certificates where part II.2 is retained.

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Importing animal products from EU into GB

New controls and requirements due to be introduced from 1 October 2021 and 1 January 2022 have now been delayed to 1 January 2022 and 1 July 2022.

Businesses no longer need to pre-notify or acquire a certified Export Health Certificate (EHC) from 1 October 2021. This means you can continue to import animal product consignments from the European Union as you do today until 31 December 2021.

UK government sets out new timetable for introducing border controls | Business Wales

Online registration for Export Health Certificates

Before an application for an Export Health Certificate can be made, you will need first to register with the EHC on-line via the Government Gateway.

Guidance on Export Health Certificates on GOV.UK.

New certificates for exporting fish

Two new Animal Health Regulation Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for fish have been published 8361 and 8364. These must be used from 15 January 2022.

8361 replaces 8270: this is to be used for live fish, live crustaceans and products of animal origin from those animals intended for human consumption.

8364 replaces 8249: this is to be used for bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates and marine gastropods and products of animal origin from those animals intended for human consumption.

Live fish, crustaceans and products from these animals intended for human consumption to the European Union and Northern Ireland: certificate 8361 on GOV.UK

Live bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates, marine gastropods and products from these animals intended for human consumption to the European Union and Northern Ireland: certificate 8364 on GOV.UK

Listing of approved establishments and registered cold stores

From January 2021, approved establishments needed to be listed with the European Commission (EC) to export fishery products to the EU and or NI, or to supply others that use such products in commodities that are exported to the EU and or NI. Approval of an establishment is determined by activities undertaken at the establishment. Not all food business activities need to be approved and you should discuss this with your local authority.

If you trade with the EU and or NI please check if your establishment is on the current list of approved establishments.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will automatically put forward all currently approved establishments for listing with the EC.

Fish Export Service for Catch Certificates, Processing Statements and Storage Documents

UK exporters are required to use the online Fish Export Service to obtain the following documents for exporting, storing and processing fish and fisheries products:

  • Create a UK catch certificate for fish and shellfish caught by UK flagged vessels for export
  • Create a UK storage document for fish and shellfish that have been imported or landed directly into the UK for storage, ready for export
  • Create a UK processing statement for fish and shellfish that have been imported or landed directly into the UK for processing, ready for export.

To use the service all you need to do is sign in using the Government Gateway and follow the instructions. A registration guide is available on GOV.UK and if you experience issues you can contact the Fish Export Service helpline on 0330 159 1989.

A validated Catch Certificate from the Fish Export Service is required to export most fish and fish products that are exported to the EU. There are, however, some exempt products which will not require a Catch Certificate. These include farmed fish and shellfish, freshwater fish, some molluscs (including mussels, cuttlefish, cockles, oysters, and scallops), fish fry or larvae. Further details on exemptions on GOV.UK.

If you land fish directly from a fishing vessel into EU ports, you’ll also need to complete:

  • a prior notification form
  • a pre-landing declaration
  • the NEAFC Port-State Control forms

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Further information

Full exporting guidance on GOV.UK.
Information for food and drink producers on Business Wales
Give prior notification to land fish in the EU on GOV.UK
Make a pre-landing declaration to land fish in an EU port on GOV.UK
Catch certificates for non-EU imports and exports of fish on GOV.UK
Catch recording: Frequently asked questions
How to complete a fishing vessel paper logbook
Fishing vessel paper logbook: frequently asked questions
How to complete a fishing vessel electronic logbook
Fishing vessel electronic logbook: frequently asked questions

Wellbeing support

The Fishermen’s Mission provides emergency support and practical care to fishermen and their families. It can provide emergency grants for people in need, and access to other grant makers.

Telephone 01489 566910

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