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brexit updates for uk food and drink exporters

Whilst we wait for clarity from government about whether the UK will leave the EU with or without a deal, we aim to keep members informed about the regulations in place if the UK should leave without a deal.

We are working with government to make sure that the needs of the food and drink industry are heard and will keep this page up to date with information to help make the process of leaving the EU more straightforward for food exporters.

The EU EXIT FOOD HUB website has been developed to assist food and drink businesses in planning and preparing for no deal BREXIT. We have worked in partnership with other organisations on this site to pool together information to help business navigate and prepare for No Deal Brexit.

Guidance from the European Commission on goods on the market

The European Commission has published the following guidance: EC guidance on goods on the market. This addresses various aspects of EU Food law after exit, including clarification on their interpretation of goods placed on the market: 

“If an individual food product has been placed on the EU-27 market before the withdrawal date, i.e. it has been (a) held in the EU27 for the purpose of sale, including offering for sale or any other form of transfer, whether free of charge or not; or (b) sold, distributed, of transferred by other forms to the EU27, this “stock” of food can continue to be sold, distributed or transferred in the EU27 as of the withdrawal date without the need for labelling changes”

What to do now to prepare for 1 January 2021:

Essential Steps:

Get an EORI number

A UK issued Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number is essential for UK businesses that wish to import or export goods with the EU after the UK leaves the EU.
  Apply for an EORI number and you should receive it within 2-3 working days.

Check your commodity/tariff codes

Commodity codes are used to ensure goods have the correct tariff classification. Using the wrong codes for your products in customs declarations risks paying the wrong tariff, costly delays at the border or even goods being blocked entry into the EU.

 Know what certificates your products need

To ensure your product can enter the EU, it will need to be able to pass EU regulatory checks for third country goods. Products of animal origin will be subject to additional requirements.
Products of animal origin will need an Export Health Certificate and must enter the EU via a Border Inspection Post (BIP). Most fish products will need a catch certificate.

Find a professional to certify export health certificates - click here to view a list of organisations in England, Scotland and Wales that inspect and certify animals and animal products for export.

Check your product labelling - Food Business Operator Address

Exported products must be labelled correctly to reflect the UK's third country status. UK products can no longer use 'EU' in country of origin labelling while products marketed as organic may face EU export restrictions until the UK becomes an approved third country.
An  EU importer/Food Business Operator address will be required on product labels and products of animal origin must include the new UK health and ID mark.

Decide if you will use a customs agent

Most businesses use a customs broker, agent, or freight forwarder to make customs declarations for them. This can make exporting simpler and faster.
Alternatively, you can make declarations yourself by obtaining approved software.

Food & Drink Exporters Association
PO Box 117
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire
HX7  9AY

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