Prohibitions and restrictions – Chilled meat products

Information on prohibitions and restrictions for the movement of chilled meat products.

Does your consignment contain P&R goods?

Reminder – New Documentation Requirements
If you are moving permitted chilled meats to Northern Ireland, P&R Export Health Certificates (EHCs) are required from and including 22 February 2021. These arrangements are in force for all P&R Goods arriving in Northern Ireland from 00:00hrs on Monday 22 February 2021 (including those which may be in transit before this date).
The P&R Attestations (compliance declarations) you have been using to move these goods will no longer be valid if the P&R goods are entering Northern Ireland on and from 22 February 2021.
DAERA has provided updated Detailed guidance on P&R Goods to help you complete a CHED P for P&R Meat Products and links to frequently used Export Health Certificates.
DEFRA has also provided further guidance to help you prepare.

Guidance for Authorised Traders Importing Prohibited & Restricted Chilled Meat Products to NI from GB

Guidance for Authorised Traders moving prohibited restricted chilled meat products to NI from GB

More details about the CN Code and other information to help you complete the CHED-P are included in the Detailed Guidance for P&R Goods. Details about mixed consignments of P&R goods and other retail goods under the Retail scheme are also included in this detailed guidance.

Prior to moving P&R goods into Northern Ireland, eligible businesses must take the following steps:

Channelling

  • Businesses must e-mail DAERA (SPSChannelling@Daera-ni.gov.uk) within three days of the goods having reached their final destination, including the correspondent CHED number and seal number. Businesses that do not notify DAERA will be issued with a warning letter.
  • After 31 January 2021, businesses that do not notify DAERA will be investigated. Traders identified as non-compliant traders will, in future, be subject to increased checks on arrival which will lead to a delay in their consignments leaving the Point of Entry.

For more information on compliance, please refer to the Compliance Protocol.

What are the regulatory requirements for P&R products from GB-NI?

The UK Command Paper of December 2020, and the ‘Unilateral Declaration by the United Kingdom in the Joint Committee’, has stated that, for a period of six months, some chilled meats, which are usually prevented or restricted from entering the EU from Third Countries, can continue to enter NI from GB under the following conditions:

  • 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;
  • 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 they bear a label reading ‘These products from the United Kingdom may not be sold outside Northern Ireland’.

It is made clear that that this period of six months is to be used by supermarkets in Northern Ireland to adjust their logistics and supply lines. At the end of this period these products will no longer be able to enter NI from GB.

Where non-compliance is detected within this six month period, traders will be subject to compliance action in line with milestones on the pathway to full compliance (as set out in Annex 4 of Compliance Protocol).

Prohibitions & Restrictions- Chilled meat products

From 1 January 2021 until 30 June 2021, special arrangements have been put in place to enable Authorised Traders to continue to move certain Prohibited and Restricted (P&R) chilled meat products from GB to NI. This grace period is for a period of six months.

Prohibited & Restricted (P&R) meat products include the following categories:

  • Minced meat of poultry, of ratites and of wild game-birds, frozen or chilled
  • Chilled minced meat from animals other than poultry
  • Chilled meat preparations
  • Unprocessed meat produced from meat initially imported in Great Britain from the EU’s SPS area

Qualifying Criteria

To move P&R fresh meat and meat preparations from GB to NI during the grace period, the meat products must meet the following qualifying criteria:

  • They must enter NI through a designated place as defined in point (38) of Article 3 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and Council and are subject to a channelling procedure applicable from the designated place to the destination supermarket in NI
  • They are sold exclusively to end consumers in supermarkets located in NI, 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
  • They are packed for end consumers, and they bear a label reading “These products from the United Kingdom may not be sold outside Northern Ireland”
  • They must meet EU standards. For example, the meat must be from the UK or an EU approved Third Country.
 
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