The EU has voted to delay when exporters must start to use the new Export Health Certificates (EHCs).
The new Animal Health Regulation (AHR) EHCs were due to be used from August 21 2021 for goods moved to Northern Ireland or exported to the EU. However, the EU has voted to delay the date the new EHCs must be signed until 15 January 2022. This includes EHCs for all products of animal origin, live animals, germinal products and composite products.
The EU’s proposal will mean that current EHCs signed before 15 January 2022 can be used until 15 March 2022 for goods on route to the EU. Changes to the rules for the certification of composite products which took effect in April 2021 continue to apply.
DEFRA are currently reviewing options for the use of current and new AHR certificates that have already been made available and will provide updates on this shortly.