North East Lincolnshire is a local, national and international food manufacturing and distribution hub with a substantial proportion of the UK’s seafood being produced and handled in the area.
The end of the EU Exit transition period on 31 December 2020 will have implications for the export of fish and animal products.
From 1 January 2021, anyone who exports fish and animal products to the EU must be registered with APHA, the Animal and Plant Health Agency for Export Health Certificate Online (EHCO).
Each load of fish and animal products that leaves the UK must also have an Export Health Certificate (EHC) to accompany every load. These Certificates are already required for export to the rest of the world, but from the new year, they are required for loads being delivered to EU countries as well.
The EHCs for fishery products have to be signed by authorised personnel, and in the last few months, North East Lincolnshire Council has taken on additional staff to support the certification process and to help local businesses that want to export to the EU. The current cost for certificates issued by the Council is £108 each. Certificates can also be issued by registered vets.
For exports going from 1 January onwards, the certificates must be applied for through EHCO. At the same time, NELC’s Commercial Regulatory Team should be informed about the export, so that local officers can verify the information relating to the export and issue the Certificate.
Cllr Shepherd, Cabinet member for environmental health said: “We’re trying to make things as simple as possible for businesses to get their products into the EU by providing a local service. Our officers will be working tirelessly to make sure that products leave our shores with all the appropriate certification in place.”
If you want details of the Certification service offered by North East Lincolnshire Council, contact [email protected].