Fish and seafood products exports

You can apply to export fish and seafood products (including live oysters for human consumption eg to China) following the link below. Here you will find guidance and templates to help you make your application.

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 and have any supporting documents ready for upload.

Obtaining an EHC

You can obtain the EHC application via the Defra form finder

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

These cerificates are generally issued by Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) working in your Local Authority Council Office.

If you need assistance to complete an application for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) or want to enquire about the availability of an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) to issue, please contact your Local Council for assistance.

Exporters should review the Notes for Guidance for each certificate (available via the Defra Form Finder 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 application documents via DECOL.

Frequent exporters may find it helpful to review the supporting documentation submitted with previous relevant applications and upload similar consignment specific information to DECOL at the time of application.

Disease status for aquaculture exports

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

Northern Ireland Marine Disease Control Compartments

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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