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26th August 2021

Exporting animal goods: Delays to Export Health Certificates

The EU has confirmed a delay to when traders must start to use the new Export Health Certificates. Originally due to come into effect from 21st August 2021, the date has now been delayed until 15th January 2022.

What is an Export Health Certificate?

An Export Health Certificate (EHC) is an official document that confirms that your export meets the health standards and regulations of the destination country.

Businesses will need an Animal Health Regulation EHC if they are exporting products of animal origin, live animals, germinal products and composite products from Great Britain to or through the EU, non-EU countries and Northern Ireland.

An EHC will need to be completed for each type of animal or animal product being exported and each product type if exporting a consignment of goods.

Which EHC should my business use?

Although the EU has confirmed a delay, both the existing EHCs and the new EHCs are available to access online, and businesses can decide which certificates they wish to use. Border Control Posts are aware that exporters may be using the existing or new EHCs during this period so goods should not encounter any problems at inspection points.

It is advised that traders begin the process of moving towards using the new EHCs ahead of January to familiarise themselves with the documentation while doing so in a manner and time suitable to their business. If the EU has to update any of the EHCs, the certificates will be removed from the online portal while they are being amended.

Changes to the rules of composite product certification which came into effect in April this year continue to apply and businesses who have used the new composite EHCs should continue do so.

How can Chambers Wales help?

Exporting has a whole culture and language of its own but, fortunately, the Chamber speaks the language and understand the culture. With extensive experience in supporting internationally trading businesses for years, Chambers Wales’ team is able to curate end-to-end solutions and supply chain connectivity across global markets.

As a dedicated customs intermediary, Chambers Wales helps businesses manage documentation to ensure compliance at every stage of exporting and keep goods moving.

Chambers Wales offer a wide range of international documentary services as well as accredited British Chambers of Commerce training courses on exporting requirements, in addition to the Foundation Award in International Trade, to help upskill traders.

Get in touch with international@chamberswales.com

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