DAERA Export Certification On Line (DECOL) - Exporting animals and animal products from Northern Ireland to a Third Country

An Export Health Certificate (EHC) is required for goods which are exported from NI to Non- EU ‘Third Countries’. You can obtain an EHC from DAERA via our online application process and you can also find advice, answers to exporters most frequently asked questions and templates to help you make your application on this page. Applications should be made at least 2 working days in advance of the date of export. This is the date of loading of your consignment from premises of dispatch. Information not available at the time of application can be submitted via a link prior to export, however this may delay provision of your EHC

Important – Exporter Information Notices, detailing important information on exporting and use of the DECOL system

For the latest information on developments and/or requirements for NI to Third Country trade,  please visit Northern Ireland to Third Country Exports Information and updates on certification procedures (including for Third Country Exports) are available on the DAERA Stakeholder Bulletin page.

For more information on requirements for NI to GB trade, please visit the DAERA Support Health Attestation (SHA) webpages

To apply for an EHC or find out more commodity specific information click on the relevant box below.

For queries, please contact as follows:

For meat, dairy and composite food product certificates issued by DAERA or live animals, animal by-products, hides, skins, germplasm, hatching eggs and table egg certificates issued by Authorised Veterinary Inspectors:

All exporters must contact their AVI provider directly to ensure the appropriate service can be provided.

For sea fish, fish and seafood products (e.g. oysters), fish & egg composites products certificates issued by Local Authority Environmental Health Officers:

For live aquaculture and farmed fish certificates issued by DAERA Inland Fisheries Inspectorate:

More useful links

Privacy notice- To find out how any personal information you send to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) will be handled when using this service, go to DAERA Privacy Statement.

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