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  • 09 Sep 2019 7:37 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Welcome to the second edition of Defra’s imports and exports Brexit newsletter. With around 8 weeks left before the UK leaves the European Union (EU) it is vital that you are prepared for the changes that will be required to importing and exporting goods.

    Exporting goods to the EU and beyond: Export Health Certificates

    When the UK leaves the EU, exporters will need an Export Heath Certificate (EHC) in order to export to the EU and to non-EU countries. Businesses that already export goods to counties outside the EU will already be familiar with these forms and with the online process for exports as for non-EU countries.

    This is a robust and tested system, that is already well known to exporters and it will be ready to go from Day 1.  

    We have uploaded revised Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for exports to the EU on GOV.UK, along with the Notes for Guidance. These can be found here. Following user feedback, we have improved its design to reduce the number of errors and to make them easier to complete.

     

    We would welcome your feedback and we will continue to refine the forms to ensure that they are as straightforward as possible to complete. Feedback can be submitted by email, please click here.

    Longer term, we are developing a new online system, “Export Health Certificates Online (ECHO)”, which will be rolled-out in phases later this year.  We will keep you updated through this newsletter.

    Exporting goods to the EU and beyond: Process maps

    To help you understand what you need to do to carry on exporting if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, we are preparing a series of process maps. Each map will set out the key steps that you need to follow in order to ensure your export goes successfully. The first map will be published on GOV.UK shortly and a pdf is attached for your reference.

    French customs guidance

    If the UK leaves the EU with no deal Brexit customs formalities and controls at the border between France and the UK will be reinstated for goods. Both imports and exports, will be subjected to two customs declarations, one to British Customs and one to French Customs. Details of the guidance issued by the French authorities can be found here.


    EORI Numbers

    In our last newsletter, we asked you register for an EORI number. These numbers are still required, but since that last newsletter, HMRC have updated their guidance. UK traders will need an EU EORI number if they interact with both UK and EU customs, but not if they just move goods between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  HMRC’s latest EORI guidance can be found here. Any queries about EORI numbers should be directed to HMRC.

    ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ Campaign

    Earlier this week the Government launched a public information campaign to help businesses and individuals prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU. It is the largest single communications campaign ever undertaken by the UK Government. The campaign includes an online checker tool that will tell you what you and your business will need to do to get ready for Brexit. The checker can be found here.

     

    To Do List

    In this edition we would like to highlight:

    • Sign-up for Brexit updates – If you haven’t already done so, sign-up for the Government’s Brexit update alerts. You can find a link here.
    • Seafood roadshows – In partnership with Seafish and the Marine Management Organisation, Defra, are hosting a series of events across England to help seafood traders, processors and businesses understand the changes that lie ahead and what they can do to prepare. The remaining dates and locations are:

      11th September – Grimsby 
      12th September – Scarborough 
      26th September – Fleetwood 
      4th October – London
    • Border Inspection Posts - Goods will only be able to enter the EU through a Border Inspection Post (BIP) designated for the specific consignment. Check the list of existing BIPs in the EU (here). You should also consider how to redirect your trade route if necessary. If you are transporting goods by road, you should ensure that your freight company is prepared. Further details of the requirements for lorry and goods vehicle drivers can be found here.

    We hope you find this newsletter useful.

    The Imports and Exports Team

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

    Process Map exporting meat of animal origin - click here

  • 22 Aug 2019 5:26 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Defra imports and exports Brexit newsletter

    You are receiving this newsletter as you have a key role in the import or export of animals and products of animal origin (POAO) between the United Kingdom and the European Union.  

    We contacted you ahead of the March and April Brexit dates to help you and your business prepare for when the UK leaves the EU. With an extension to that deadline until 31 October, we will now be sending you this regular update every fortnight until then, to ensure that you have all the latest information you need so that your business - or your customers - can continue to import and export to the EU.

    As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has been clear that the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October. Whilst the Government would prefer to leave with a deal, the UK will leave without one if an agreement cannot be reached. Irrespective of the outcome, Defra has been preparing for the UK’s departure. Robust plans are in place to minimise any disruption to the import and export of animals and animal products, and ensure that you can continue to trade after we leave the EU.

    While we are ensuring that you will be able to import and export between the UK and EU after the UK leaves, the processes, systems and documentation will change. For example, all exports of live animals and products of animal origin will need Export Health Certificates, and there will be a new system for notifying of imports.

    Over the next 12 weeks we will be letting you know when these systems for import and export will be ready for you to use – please do not attempt to register on the imports system yet, we will tell you when you can and ensure that you have proper user support to do so –   as well as when the user guidance will be available, to ensure that you have all of the information you need to be able to import and export to both the EU and the rest of the world after 31 October.

    In addition we will publish helpful process maps, run a series of online WebEx sessions, provide video content and publish social media material through our Defra Twitter handle to help you understand the steps you need to take. We will also attend key industry events across the UK where we can speak to you face to face.

    We would be grateful if you would share the content of our various products with your members and other interested parties, to ensure they take the steps they need to be ready.

    Northern Ireland

    Organisations operating in Northern Ireland should ensure that they are aware that the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) plan to introduce their own procedures for exports. Further information can be found on DAERA’s website:

    https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/brexit

    To Do List

    Each newsletter will highlight a set of key actions to take that will help ensure that you are prepared for 31 October. If it is relevant to you and you haven’t done it already, you need to make sure that you do it as soon as possible.

    1. Apply for EORI number - The first item in the ‘To Do List’ is to ensure that your European Union Registration and Identification (EORI) number will be valid if the UK leaves with or without a deal. If you do not get one, you may have increased costs and delays. For example, if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cannot clear your goods you may have to pay storage fees. Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/eori

    HMRC recently announced that they will automatically enrol all relevant traders that are VAT registered to have EORI numbers. Further details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-accelerates-brexit-preparations-for-businesses

     

    If the UK leaves without agreeing a deal, you’ll also need an EU EORI number. Details of how you can obtain an EORI number can be found on the link above.

     Approved establishment list If the UK leaves without a deal, the EU will only accept imports of POAO that have been manufactured from products that originate from approved establishments. If you export POAO, or intend to do so shortly, you need to ensure that the establishments you use are on the approved list. Further details of this requirement and how to register can be found on the Food Standards Agency website. The FSA is supporting Defra to identify establishments that need to be listed: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/brexit-listing-of-establishments-to-export-products-of-animal-origin-to-the-eu

    Seafood roadshows – In partnership with Seafish and the Marine Management Organisation, Defra, are hosting a series of events across England to help seafood traders, processors and businesses understand the changes that lie ahead and what they can do to prepare. The dates and locations are:


    •    4th September – Plymouth 
    •    5th September – Newlyn 
    •    11th September – Grimsby 
    •    12th September – Scarborough 
    •    26th September – Fleetwood 
    •    4th October – London

    Registration is on a first come first serve basis and attendees will be notified of venue locations closer to the time. You can register for the events here.

    Finally, ahead of its go live we are undertaking user experience testing of the new online export service. We are very keen to get the feedback of users and we are running a two hour session in central London during the week starting 2 September. We want to accommodate as many people as possible and we will try to arrange it around your availability.

    If you would like to take part, please use the link here and the team will get in touch with you to discuss timings. Please let us know what sector you are from so that we can, as far as possible, tailor the session to your specific user needs.

    We hope you find this newsletter useful.

    The Imports and Exports Team

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra 


  • 19 Aug 2019 11:14 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    From DEFRA:

    Travel preparation for pet owners for Christmas Travel

    As you know, our messaging advises pet owners planning to travel with their pets to Europe after Brexit to contact their vets at least four months before travel to prepare for all scenarios, including No Deal.

    We now want to remind pet owners planning a trip to the EU over the Christmas and New Year period that they need to speak to their vets before the end of August 2019 for guidance. 

    Check guidance on GOV.UK to know how to prepare (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit).

    Dropbox of digital assets available for use: https://shwca.se/PetTravel (link will open in recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari). 


    How to prepare to travel with your pet over Christmas and New Year in all scenarios 

    If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019, pet owners would need to visit their vet four months before travelling. They will need to ensure their pet has a microchip, an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody. The blood test needs to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination) and a minimum of three calendar months before travel. A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU. Instead, pet owners would need to apply an Animal Health Certificate no more than 10 days before travel.

    Camilla Chapman | Senior External Affairs Manager | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mobile: 07341 800071 | Email: camilla.chapman@defra.gov.uk | Address: Seacole Block, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF


  • 29 Apr 2019 5:53 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    From DEFRA:

    The Government reached agreement with the EU to extend Article 50 until 31 October 2019 at the latest. The UK has an option to leave as soon as a deal is ratified within that time. During this extension period, we will remain a member of the EU and current pet travel regulations will continue with pets able to travel to using current EU pet passports. If a deal is agreed and an implementation period is confirmed, pet owners will be able to continue to travel with their pets to the EU under the current pet travel rules using their current EU pet passports until the end of the implementation period.

    Any further guidance or information on how to prepare for EU Exit will continue to be communicated to you, including preparations required for a no-deal scenario, but please do keep checking GOV.UK for updates. It would be fantastic if you could continue to share the above information with your customers as needed to ensure they understand the extension implications and are fully prepared for when the UK leaves the EU. We will continue to update our ‘Pet travel to Europe after Brexit’ guidance on GOV.UK and will of course be in touch with any major updates. 


  • 16 Apr 2019 6:08 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    As you will be aware the UK Government and the European Union have reached an agreement on a six month extension to Article 50. During this time we will remain as a member of the EU, and the Government is confident it can deliver a deal within this period. Therefore the UK will continue to use TRACES and you should continue to raise import notifications in the way you do currently.

    What this means for importers:

    Imports of live animals, germinal products, Products of Animal Origin from EU Member States where safeguard measures are in place and animal by products from the EU:

    EU exporters and Official Vets will continue to raise the appropriate certification via TRACES (e.g. ITAHCS, DOCOMs). Notification to the competent authorities will still be a requirement. For notifications overseen by APHA, the UK importer will need to notify using the IV66 notification form (please note a Unique Notification Number (UNN) will not be issued). If you have already notified APHA and have received a UNN, there is no requirement for this to be quoted on the ITAHC or DOCOM.

    For notification of consignments which are overseen by DAERA and Fish Health Inspectorate please see their websites for further information. 

     

    Imports of other types of Products of Animal Origin, High-Risk Food and Feed Not of Animal Origin from the EU do not currently need to be notified on TRACES and this remains the same during the extension period.

     

    Imports from third countries:

    Continue to use TRACES as you currently do, including all consignments arriving after 12 April. You should not use IPAFFS for any consignments arriving after 12 April, and if you have already raised a notification for these via IPAFFS, you will need to raise a notification via TRACES.

    IPAFFS remains the long term solution and the logins that you are currently using will be required in the future. Please do store these in a safe place until such a time that you need to use them again. You should also ensure that your organisation has sufficient administrator account roles on IPAFFS, in the event that there are any resource or role changes in your organisation.

    You can continue to use IPAFFS for testing and training, but the notifications will not be valid. We will continue to enhance the system, so if you have any comments or feedback on IPAFFS, please let the APHA Service Desk know.

     

    If your import originates from third countries but travels via the EU to the UK:

    Your consignment will continue to travel as it does today. If checks are required on entry to the EU these will continue and will be documented on TRACES. Once these checks have been completed, the consignment will be free to move to the UK as it does today.

    As above, notification to the competent authorities will still be a requirement for live animals, germinal products and animal by products. For notifications overseen by APHA, the UK importer will need to notify using the IV66 notification form (a UNN will not be issued).

     

    Any further guidance or information on how you should prepare for EU Exit will continue to be communicated to you, including the preparation required for a No Deal scenario. Please do keep checking GOV.UK for updates.

     

    Kind regards,

    DEFRA EU Exit Team | Live Animals & Products of Animal Origin

    Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs


  • 12 Apr 2019 10:55 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    From:Defra-BFP EU Exit Imports Exports 
    12 April 2019 

    Dear all,

    As you will be aware the UK Government and the European Union have reached an agreement on a six month extension to Article 50. During this time we will remain as a member of the EU, and the Government is confident it can deliver a deal within this period. Therefore the UK will continue to use TRACES and you should continue to raise import notifications in the way you do currently.

    What this means for importers:

    Imports of live animals, germinal products, Products of Animal Origin from EU Member States where safeguard measures are in place and animal by products from the EU:

    EU exporters and Official Vets will continue to raise the appropriate certification via TRACES (e.g. ITAHCS, DOCOMs). Notification to the competent authorities will still be a requirement. For notifications overseen by APHA, the UK importer will need to notify using the IV66 notification form (please note a Unique Notification Number (UNN) will not be issued). If you have already notified APHA and have received a UNN, there is no requirement for this to be quoted on the ITAHC or DOCOM.

    For notification of consignments which are overseen by DAERA and Fish Health Inspectorate please see their websites for further information. 

    Imports of other types of Products of Animal Origin, High-Risk Food and Feed Not of Animal Origin from the EU do not currently need to be notified on TRACES and this remains the same during the extension period.

    Imports from third countries:

    Continue to use TRACES as you currently do, including all consignments arriving after 12 April. You should not use IPAFFS for any consignments arriving after 12 April, and if you have already raised a notification for these via IPAFFS, you will need to raise a notification via TRACES.

    IPAFFS remains the long term solution and the logins that you are currently using will be required in the future. Please do store these in a safe place until such a time that you need to use them again. You should also ensure that your organisation has sufficient administrator account roles on IPAFFS, in the event that there are any resource or role changes in your organisation.

    You can continue to use IPAFFS for testing and training, but the notifications will not be valid. We will continue to enhance the system, so if you have any comments or feedback on IPAFFS, please let the APHA Service Desk know.

    If your import originates from third countries but travels via the EU to the UK:

    Your consignment will continue to travel as it does today. If checks are required on entry to the EU these will continue and will be documented on TRACES. Once these checks have been completed, the consignment will be free to move to the UK as it does today.

    As above, notification to the competent authorities will still be a requirement for live animals, germinal products and animal by products. For notifications overseen by APHA, the UK importer will need to notify using the IV66 notification form (a UNN will not be issued).

    Any further guidance or information on how you should prepare for EU Exit will continue to be communicated to you, including the preparation required for a No Deal scenario. Please do keep checking GOV.UK for updates.

    Kind regards,

    DEFRA EU Exit Team | Live Animals & Products of Animal Origin

    Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs


  • 28 Mar 2019 4:09 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)


    Animal Transportation after Brexit

    - A webinar delivered by Defra and IATA

    Special focus on pet travel

    PURPOSE: Outline key considerations for carriers moving pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) after EU Exit and provide stakeholders with an opportunity have their questions answered (Q&A format).

    The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Animal Transport Association (ATA) are presenting an informative webinar focusing on considerations involved for carriers when moving animals – with particular focus on pets (dogs, cats and ferrets)

    • IATA will be providing a general update on aviation activities and outline the sector’s key considerations ahead of Brexit.
    • Defra will be providing guidance for carriers to allow them to prepare for all potential scenarios outline that could be faced when the UK leaves the EU and how this could affect customer journeys and passenger flows.
    • Update on the commercial import and export of live animals and animal products both from and to the EU and non-EU countries (including transited goods).
    • A training program looking at changes to the documents required for pet travel after EU Exit is due to be released by Defra separately.
    Held on Monday, March 11, 2019



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