Policy paper

Declaration by the United Kingdom on Meat Products: 30 June 2021

Published 30 June 2021

Further to the Unilateral Declaration made by the United Kingdom to the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 17 December 2020 regarding meat products, of which the European Union took note the same day, for the period from 1 July until 30 September 2021, meat products (as defined in the 17 December Declaration) will be brought from Great Britain into Northern Ireland under the following conditions:

  • The meat products enter Northern Ireland through a designated place as defined in point (38) of Article 3 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council and they are subject to a channelling procedure applicable from the designated place to the destination supermarket in Northern Ireland,

  • They are sold exclusively to end consumers in supermarkets located in Northern Ireland, and they are not to be sold to other operators of the food chain,

  • They are accompanied by official certificates issued by the UK competent authorities (based on similar models as are already existing or are put in place during the period for fresh meat, minced meat and meat preparations), and

  • They are packed for end consumers and will bear a label making clear that the products are for sale only in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom will endeavour to introduce product-level labelling as soon as is practicable.

During this period, the United Kingdom will not amend the rules applicable to meat products already in force in the rest of the United Kingdom.