Information about imports and exports of live fish.

Imports of live fish from the EU (including RoI) to NI

Trade in goods (Imports and Exports) between Northern Ireland and the EU Member States (including ROI), will continue unaffected, with no change at EU border or entry point, no new paperwork, tariffs or regulatory checks. This means that there will be no change to the existing obligations for such trade.

Exports of live fish from NI to the EU (including RoI)

Trade in goods (Imports and Exports) between Northern Ireland and the EU Member States (including ROI), will continue unaffected, with no change at EU border or entry point, no new paperwork, tariffs or regulatory checks. This means that there will be no change to the existing obligations for such trade.

To note: Northern Ireland remains in the same Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) zone as the EU. Therefore, exports of live bivalve molluscs, both wild and farmed, from NI to the EU can continue to operate as they did before 1 January 2021. The certification and notification requirements are also as they were prior to 1 January 2021.

Movements of live fish from NI to GB

There is unfettered access for all NI to GB movements and no changes to notifications and method of certification.

Movements of live fish from GB to NI

Consignments from GB to NI will require the importer to notify DAERA of the proposed movement via TRACES NT a minimum of 24hrs before arrival to a Northern Ireland port. All consignments must be accompanied by an Export Health Certificate (EHC) signed by the Competent Authority (Cefas in England and Wales, or Marine Scotland).

All consignments arriving in Northern Ireland must enter through a designated Point of Entry (POE) which are Belfast and Larne ports for live fish.  All consignments of live fish arriving in Northern Ireland from GB will be subject to physical inspection. 

Checklist:

Notification on TRACES-NT is the responsibility of the importer/agent of the importing Country under Article 15 of Regulation (EC)2017/625.  The operator responsible for the consignment (EU importer) entering the Union, must ensure that all the required documentation is in place.

A Northern Ireland Consignee Checklist for the movement of Live Fish / Ornamental Fish / Live Shellfish / Trout Eggs - from GB to NI - can also be found here.

Please note: If you are exporting live fish from GB to Northern Ireland you will need to register on TRACES NT using a Northern Ireland or EU Member State address, otherwise you will be unable to complete the process.

  • Further information for the GB exporter can be found here.

Rest of the World Trade in live fish via GB to NI

This trade is continuing in compliance with our statutory requirements.  DAERA is currently working with Defra  and other GB agencies to streamline the process for imports of live fish via GB to ensure they meet statutory requirements whilst mitigating for fish health and welfare issues. Further information will be made available here in due course. If you are intending to import live fish  from RoW countries to NI, via GB, please contact the Fish Health Inspectorate for advice and guidance on fish.health@daera-ni.gov.uk

This information was last updated 9th February 2021.

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