Get an export health certificate

How to get an export health certificate to export animals and animal products from the UK.

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You’ll need an export health certificate to export to the EU if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

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Why you need an export health certificate

You must include a completed export health certificate (EHC) for each type of animal or animal product you’re exporting from the UK.

If you’re exporting a consignment which includes a mix of products, you’ll need an EHC for each product type.

An EHC is an official document that confirms your export meets the health requirements of the destination country.

How to apply

You can find the export health certificate and the export application you need using search terms, for example ‘Export dairy products to Zambia’.

You must use the latest EHC and forms. Always get your EHC and forms from GOV.UK as they will be updated when export agreements change. If you do not use the latest version your application will be rejected.

Exporting from England, Scotland or Wales

You must:

  • fill in the EHC, the export application form (EXA) and any supporting forms
  • choose an official veterinarian (OV) or local authority inspector and name them on your forms - you’ll first need to check with them that they can inspect your consignment and sign your EHC in the days before you want to export
  • email your EHC and any supporting forms to the email address given on your EXA
  • send a separate email for each application

An official veterinarian is someone who’s been authorised by APHA to perform statutory duties (work that is required by law). Use this guidance to find a professional to certify your export health certificate.

APHA will send your EHC to your official vet or inspector either:

  • 7 working days before your export date
  • within one working day of receiving it, if you plan to export in the next 7 working days

Contact the APHA Centre for International Trade Carlisle if your OV or inspector does not receive the EHC.

Exporting from Northern Ireland

You must fill in the EHC and any supporting forms. This might include nominating an authorised veterinary inspector.

Use the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) online application system to submit your EHC and any supporting forms.

Use Adobe Reader to complete the forms

You must use Adobe Reader to fill in your EHC and any supporting forms as they are in PDF format. Adobe Reader is a program that allows you to read and edit a PDF.

You can download the latest version of Adobe Reader for free - it only takes a few minutes.

Get your export inspected

There are different export inspection processes depending on where you’re exporting from.

Exporting from England, Scotland or Wales

Once you’ve emailed your application to APHA, they will send your EHC to the OV or inspector you nominated.

You’ll need to arrange for the OV or inspector to complete, sign and give the EHC to you. The EHC must travel with your animal products to the export destination. The goods must not be split up during transit.

Exporting from Northern Ireland

The arrangements for getting your export inspected are different in Northern Ireland - check the inspection process on the DAERA website.

If you need help

Contact APHA or DAERA if you need help getting an EHC.

England, Scotland or Wales

You can check which team you need to email or contact APHA by phone.

Telephone: 03000 200 301
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Northern Ireland

You can find your DAERA direct regional office or contact DAERA by phone.

Telephone: 0300 200 7840
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Published 17 April 2019
Last updated 21 October 2019 + show all updates
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