You can apply to export aquaculture and aquaculture products by following the link below. ‘Aquaculture animal’ means any aquatic animal at all its life stages, including eggs and sperm/gametes, dead, reared in a farm or mollusc farming area, including any aquatic animal from the wild intended for a farm or mollusc farming area. ‘Aquaculture products’ means any product derived from ‘aquaculture animals’. Here you will find guidance and templates to help you make your application.

NB: Live oysters for direct human consumption are certified by local authorities and applications for these exports can be made via the Fish and Seafood Products route.

Before you start

In order to begin your application on the DAERA Export Certification Online system (DECOL) you will need to have completed the export health certificate (EHC) application form ready for upload.

The export health certificates are issued by Fisheries Inspectorate Officers in Downpatrick.

All applications must be submitted to DECOL at least three working days before date of movement to allow Marine & Fisheries Division to plan an inspection of your consignment for export.

If you need assistance to complete a digital application for an EHC please contact:

Fisheries Inspectorate
Rathkeltair House
Ballydugan Road
BT30 6UU
Telephone: 028 4461 8059
Extension: 58059


Obtaining an EHC

Exports to EU Countries

You will find the EHC application for export to EU countries at the link below:

Exports to Third Countries (non-EU countries)

You will find the EHC application and Notes For Guidance for export to third countries at the link below:

Please download and complete the relevant EHC application above. Upload this to DECOL via the “Yes-certificate complete and ready to upload” flow.

Exporters should review the Notes for Guidance, where available, to ascertain if product is eligible for export.  You should also check if you need to obtain import permits or importing authority approvals.  Where needed, these should be obtained from the importing authorities prior to applying for an EHC and uploaded along with all other supporting documents via DECOL.

Guidance on using DECOL is available in the exporter’s instructions at the link below:

Disease status for aquaculture exports

The disease status for aquaculture products harvested in Northern Ireland can be viewed at the following link:

Schedule for additional product information

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:

Start your Export Health Certificate application

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