Brexit transition Q&As - Products of Animal Origin (Fish & Fishery Products)

Brexit transition questions and answers related to products of animal origin (fish & fishery products)

Do I need a catch certificate when moving animal feed and pet food containing fish or fish by-products?

No. Catch certificates are not required for animal feed or pet food containing fish or fish by-products.

I import and export fishery products between NI and the EU (including RoI), will there be any change to the way in which this trade occurs now?

No. 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.

I move Fishery products from GB to NI. Will there be any change to the way in which this trade occurs now?

Yes. This trade will need to enter via a NI Point of Entry (POE) and be accompanied by the following information:

You may also be required to submit the following documentation depending on the particular scenario/journey;

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.

Please note: If you are exporting fishery products 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.

Who is the Central Competent Authority for Products of Animal Origin (POAO) Fish (Imports) for human consumption?

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Northern Ireland is the Central Competent Authority (CCA) for food safety, including imported food, and have specific policy responsibility for fish and fishery products for human consumption.  

Further information can be found on the FSA website here.

Contact details: Executive.Support@food.gov.uk 028 90417700

I use the GB landbridge to import and export fishery products between NI and EU, will there be any change to the way in which this trade occurs now?

The implications for this trade are still subject to EU/UK negotiations and further information will be made available, once known.

Will there be changes to the labelling requirements in NI for fishery products that I import or export?

For NI fishery products sold in Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI):

  • EU health and identification marks will change to reflect that NI will continue to follow EU rules for labelling.

Further guidance on identification marking may be obtained from the Food Standards Agency - Imports to Northern Ireland.

For NI fishery products exported to EU:

NI will continue to follow EU rules for labelling, but there are some changes in the following areas:

Further guidance on labelling is available at GOV.uk - Exporting or moving fish from the UK.

 

 
 
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