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Notice: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from which the product will be exported, the area in which your office is located, or the area in which the product is manufactured.

Animal Products to United Kingdom

For the purposes of exporting animal products to the United Kingdom (UK), the relevant requirements diverge depending on if the product is entering:

  • Northern Ireland; or
  • Great Britain (GB - England, Wales, and Scotland) the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man

In some limited cases, described in section III below, where requirements were not harmonized at the European Union (EU) level prior to BREXIT, the requirements do not diverge.

  1. Animal Products to Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is not part of the European Union (EU). However, Northern Ireland requires the same certificates as the European Union for the import of most products. Prior to preparing to export, exporters should have their importers in Northern Ireland confirm with the pertinent authorities of Northern Ireland. For commodities where the importer verifies an EU certificate is required, please refer to the general information file for the European Union .

  1. Animal Products to Great Britain (GB): [England, Wales, and Scotland], the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Great Britain (GB), the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man are no longer part of the European Union (EU) but have confirmed that they will accept EU harmonized certificates at least until and including September 30, 2021. For the EU harmonized import requirements for certain animal-origin products (for commodities not listed below) for certificates dated prior to September 30, 2021, please refer to the general information file for the European Union.  These portions of the United Kingdom have indicated that they will continue to accept EU harmonized certificates (if dated on or before September 30, 2021), for at least some time after September 30, 2021 (shipments that depart the United States on or before September 30, 2021 should be accepted with the EU harmonized certificates even if the shipments arrive several weeks after September 30, 2021 as long as the certificate was dated prior to October 1, 2021). 

Information specific to animal products Great Britain (GB): [England, Wales, and Scotland], the Channels Islands and the Isle of Man [Required for certificates dated on or after October 1, 2021]

    III. Details not harmonized at the EU level: relevant to exports both to Northern Ireland and also: Great
         Britain (GB) [England, Wales and Scotland], the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man     
Unless otherwise stated, the below entries apply to the entire United Kingdom.

***Alert - Advisory Regarding FACILITY LISTING REQUIREMENT - Separate Listing from TRACES Required - June 2021 (pdf 188kb)

***Alert - Advisory Regarding REISSUES - August 2019 (pdf 89kb)

Contact information for GB government (for questions from importers in GB) - February 2021 (pdf 69kb)

Bee pollen (for uses outside of apiculture)
 - September 2017 (pdf 12kb)

Biodiesel (finished fuel which could be derived from animal-origin materials) - September 2017 (pdf 12kb)

Blood products derived from livestock other than equidae

Cuttlefish bones - September 2017 (pdf 12kb)

Educational materials (animal by-products imported for use or resale as educational tools) - September 2017 (pdf 1022 kb)

Egg shell membranes (hydrolyzed) for human consumption - September 2018 (pdf 309kb)

Fishing baits - July 2013 (pdf 18kb)

Game trophies - July 2013 (pdf 17kb)

Intermediate products (information on how to determine if a particular consignment may be exported to the UK as an “intermediate product”) - September 2017 (pdf 12kb)

Lanolin (wool grease) intended for technical purposes - September 2017 (pdf 12kb)

Non-human primate materials - September 2017 (pdf 12kb)

Nutraceuticals for pets - September 2017 (pdf 12kb)

Peritoneal fluid and derivatives - September 2017 (pdf 12kb)

Rodent and other "laboratory animal" materials for research purposes - September 2017 (pdf 13kb)

Sponges (animal-origin) - July 2013 (pdf 13kb)

Trade Shows - January 2012 (pdf 35kb)

Yellow grease (used vegetable oil) for biodiesel production - July 2013 (pdf 12kb)

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