Guidance

Create a UK processing statement

Use this service to create a UK processing statement for fish and shellfish that have been imported or landed directly into the UK for processing, ready for export.

Register now before EU exit

You can use this service to create a Defra account and create sample processing statements before 30 March 2019.

Sample processing statements cannot be used to export your fish or fishery products.

If you use more than one processing plant for your export, you’ll need a separate processing statement for each plant.

The statement, together with catch certificates from the vessels that caught the fish, allows you to export fishery products to the EU, Iceland, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Madagascar, Norway, Thailand, Tunisia and Ukraine. It also allows you to export to any other country if all or part of the product will return to the UK or go to the EU.

Some fish and shellfish are excluded from the definition of ‘fishery products’ and do not need a UK processing statement for export.

What you need

To create a processing statement, you’ll need:

  • a Government Gateway user ID and password
  • the company name and address of the exporter
  • to say what is in the consignment (and include the EU tariff commodity codes)
  • a health certificate number for the export
  • the species, catch certificate number and total weight from each catch being used in the consignment
  • the before and after processing weights of the export
  • the name, address and plant approval number of the processing plant used (and the name of the person responsible for the consignment)

Start now

Before you start

You need to get an export health certificate (EHC) for your export.

Check the EU tariff commodity codes of your fishery products in the trade tariff.

If you haven’t already, create Government Gateway sign in details for the business or organisation you represent.

Defra service registrations need you to provide some extra details about yourself and the business (for example, the Companies House registration number).

Registration should take around 5 minutes.

Published 28 February 2019