New licensing arrangements for the import of poultry from 13 September 2017

New Trade Conditions from 13 September 2017

The trade restrictions introduced on 19 December 2016 following the outbreak of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Great Britain were lifted on Wednesday 13 September 2017.

As a result of the restrictions being lifted the following General Licences have been reinstated:


DAERA/GEN/18/01 - Poultry & Hatching Eggs from Great Britain

DAEAR/GEN/17/02 - Racing Pigeons from Great Britain

DAERA/GEN/17/03 - Ornamental Fowl & Captive Birds from Great Britain

DAERA/GEN/17/04 - Poultry Products from Great Britain


Importers of live poultry, hatching eggs, ornamental fowl, captive birds and racing pigeons from Great Britain no longer need to apply to DAERA to obtain a specific import licence before they can import any of these consignments into Northern Ireland from Great Britain.


In addition to this, consignments of poultry meat and poultry meat products no longer need to be accompanied by an Attestation.


Producers should note that the situation in respect of the export of poultry meat to Third Countries remains fluid.  A number of Third Countries have placed export health certificates on hold or are requiring area or premises freedom clearance before imports can be accepted. In such cases prospective exporters should contact Trade Section before exporting.


Contact point for import enquiries

Further information regarding the import of live birds, hatching eggs or poultry meat can be obtained from Trade Section:  (028) 77442 101 or


Contact point for meat export enquiries

For queries regarding the export of poultry meat and meat products to Third Countries please contact: (028) 77442 060 or



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