How to import fish for human consumption after a no-deal Brexit, what documents you may need, and customs rules to follow.
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If you import fish to the UK from the EU you’ll need:
- a catch certificate
- supporting documents validated by the country of export, which will vary as they are produced by the exporting country
UK port health authorities (fisheries authorities in Northern Ireland) will check these documents for UK imports.
Direct landings into the UK
EU fishing vessels must land into a North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) designated UK port. EU vessels will need to submit a NEAFC Port State Control form (PSC1 or PSC2) before landing.
EU vessels will also need to complete a:
- prior notification form
- pre-landing declaration
Prior notification form
EU vessels landing into the UK with:
- exempt fisheries products only will need to fill in a prior notification for exempt fisheries product form
- all other fisheries products, or a combination of exempt and non-exempt products, will need to complete this prior notification form
The prior notification form must be emailed to the designated UK port before landing. It will need to be sent:
- for frozen fish, at least 72 hours before landing
- for fresh fish, at least 4 hours before landing
EU vessels will need to fill in a pre-landing declaration and email it to the designated UK port 4 hours before landing.
They will need to give details of the:
- area fished
- quantity of fish by species on board the vessel
Get supporting documents
If the fish you’re importing to the UK have been:
- stored, you’ll need a storage document from the exporter
- processed, you’ll need a processing statement from the exporter - this must be filled in by the processor and endorsed by the authority in the country of processing
You will not need a health certificate for imports of fish or fish products from the EU for at least 6 months after Brexit.
Re-exporting fish imported from the EU
If you re-export fish that is imported from the EU you’ll need to complete the re-export section on the catch certificate.
You must comply with HMRC guidance on customs requirements for importing from the EU.