Register as a trader to export agricultural products
- Rural Payments Agency
- Part of:
- Import and export Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) goods
- First published:
- 31 March 2014
Find out if you need an export licence and how to register to export agricultural products from the UK.
In general, you need a licence to export the following agricultural products from the EU:
- dairy products
- fresh or processed meat (including edible offal)
- sugar, syrup, molasses and honey
- cereals and rice (including milled products, starch, gluten and inulin)
- processed goods (products such as biscuits which have one or more of the goods listed above as a basic ingredient)
There are limited exceptions when a licence is not required, such as export to entitled destinations like supply ships.
You will need a licence if you intend to export more than a small quantity of any of these products. The specified limits vary by commodity and you can find them using the Trade Tariff.
If you need an export licence, you must register as a customer with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) so that you can apply for licences and deposit securities.
For animal products (meat, eggs and dairy products) you may also need country-specific export health certificates.
How to register with RPA
You should call 03000 200 301 to register.
Trader registration number
Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive your trader number. This is your unique reference number which you should use when writing to or contacting RPA.
Who to contact
If you have any general queries about importing or exporting, call RPA’s External Trade helpline on 03300 416 500 (open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).
Health certificates contact
For animal products, you will need to comply with the health certificate requirements. To find out about these, contact:
- Defra International Animal Health (IAH) Import Policy Team by emailing: email@example.com (England and Wales)
- Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) (Scotland)
- Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) (Northern Ireland)
Published: 31 March 2014