Animal products & Animal by-products exports

The requirements for exporting Animal products and Animal by Products (ABP) vary depending on the category/type of product/ABP and where are you are exporting it to. When you have determined what (if any) certification is required you can find details on how to apply for the required export certificates below.

Before you start

Exports to European Union (EU) Member States (excluding manure to the ROI)

Please note that if you are intending to export Category 1 or 2 Animal By Products, you must obtain written approval from the importing EU Member State, before you begin the export process. If you need an Intra Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC) to export your animal product/ABP to an EU Member State you should make your application for an Intra Trade Animal Health Certificate ITAHC via completing the TRACES application form and submitting it to your Authorised Private Veterinary Practitioner (aPVP) and they will progress this export for you.

Exporting animal products to GB and animal products and ABP to countries outside the EU, also - 

Exporting manure to the ROI

If you need an Export Health Certificate (EHC) to export your animal product/ABP you can obtain one by following the steps below:

Prior to starting your application on the DAERA Export Certification Online system (DECOL) you will need to have completed the EHC application and any supporting documents ready for upload.

You can obtain the EHC application via the Defra form finder.  Guidance on using the tool is available in the DECOL exporter’s instructions at the link below:

PDF EHC applications for export of manure to the ROI are available at the link below:

Exporting Bovine / Porcine Gelatine to USA on EHC 8108

If you need this Export Health Certificate (EHC), you can obtain one by following the steps below:

Before applying through DAERA Export Certification Online system (DECOL) you must complete the EHC application and any supporting documents including an Exporters Declaration, link here Exporters Declaration EHC8108 Porcine and Bovine Gelatin to USA

You can obtain the EHC application and EHC Guidance via Defra form finder

Guidance on using DECOL is here:

If you need digital help to complete an application for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) please contact your regional DAERA Direct Office for assistance.

If there is insufficient space on the EHC application to record full product details you need to complete a schedule and submit this with your application.   The schedule and instructions for completion are available using the link below:

Exporters should review the Notes for Guidance for each certificate (available via the Defra Form Finder) to ascertain if import permits or importing authority approvals are also required.  Where they are these should be obtained from the importing authorities prior to applying for an EHC and uploaded along with all other application documents via DECOL.

Exporters should complete a nominate Authorised Veterinary Inspector (AVI) template and submit this with their application.  All export documentation will be issued directly to the nominated AVI once we have processed the application.

Exporting via TRACES - Changes from January 01 2021

Prior to 01 January 2021, if you were exporting certain commodities to Chile and Canada, certification was applied for using a form from TRACES which was then uploaded to DECOL.

Post 01 January 2021, the use of TRACES harmonised EHCs is no longer available to UK exporters.  Alternative arrangements for certification have either been put in place or are in progress through discussions with the countries involved.

Exporters are advised to check Form Finder for the availability of the EHCs for their commodities.  In the event that an EHC is not currently available please contact

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