Prohibitions and restrictions – Chilled meat products

Arrangements were put in place from 1 January 2021 which permitted, for a period of six months, some chilled meats usually prevented or restricted from entering the EU from Third Countries to continue to enter NI from GB under certain conditions. This arrangement had been due to end on 30 June however following negotiations with the UK Government the EU agreed to extend the existing grace period for a period of three months, until 30 September 2021.

On 30 June 2021, the UK Government also released a declaration on Meat Products. This declaration sets out the detail of an extension to the existing grace period and states that these products will be still allowed to enter NI until 30 September 2021, provided that:

  • The meat products enter Northern Ireland through a designated place as defined in point (38) of Article 3 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council and they are subject to channelling procedure, applicable from the designated place to the destination supermarket in Northern Ireland, under the control of the NI competent authorities;
  • They are sold exclusively to end consumers in supermarkets located in Northern Ireland, and they are not to be sold to other operators of the food chain;
  • They are accompanied by official certificates issued by the UK competent authorities (based on similar models already existing for fresh meat, minced meat and meat preparations); and
  • They are packed for end consumers, and will bear a label making clear that the products are for sale only in the United Kingdom. Please note: the UK will endeavour to introduce product-level labelling as soon as is practicable.

Further detailed guidance for individuals and businesses moving Prohibited & Restricted Chilled Meat Products from GB to NI can be found here.

Guidance is also available for Authorised Traders Importing Prohibited & Restricted Chilled Meat Products to NI from GB here.

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