Guidance for trading partners that want to apply to or are currently approved to export animals and animal products into the UK.
The UK Office for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Trade Assurance
The UK Office for Sanitary and Phytosanitary Trade Assurance will co-ordinate SPS trade assurance in the UK to ensure trading partners meet import conditions for food and feed safety and standards and for animal health and welfare.
Different procedures may apply in Northern Ireland to Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) because Northern Ireland is aligned with the EU through the Northern Ireland Protocol on SPS matters.
Trading partners can contact the UK Office for SPS Trade Assurance at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on:
- applications to export animals and animal products to the UK
- co-ordination of inspections following new market access applications, incidents or outbreaks
- updates to the UK’s database of establishments that are approved to export animal products to GB
- the UK’s biosecurity and SPS assurance regimes
Existing approved countries and commodities
EU rules became UK law under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 on 1 January 2021.
The UK continues to recognise countries that were approved to export live animals and animal products to the UK on 31 December 2020.
GB manages its lists of approved countries and commodities independently from the EU.
Details of countries and commodities approved to export to GB can be found on www.legislation.gov.uk or by emailing email@example.com.
Northern Ireland remains aligned with EU lists under the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Existing approved establishments
The UK continues to recognise establishments that were approved to export animal products to the UK on 31 December 2020.
GB manages its lists of establishments independently from the EU.
New market access applications to GB
If you want to export animals or animal products to GB that you are not currently approved to trade in, your competent authority must submit a market access application to the UK Office for SPS Trade Assurance. It will only process applications sent from a competent authority.
If you need to apply for market access to export to GB:
- live animals, products of animal origin, germinal products, animal by-products and hay and straw to the UK, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- controlled plants and plant products, email the UK National Plant Protection Organisation at email@example.com
Requirements for trading partners approved to export to GB
Countries approved to export to GB must:
For EU member states, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, additional certification requirements may apply.
Use IPAFFS to pre-notify of your exports to GB
GB no longer uses the EU’s TRACES system.
To import live animals, animal by-products, animal products, and high risk food not of animal origin, you should contact your GB importer. They will pre-notify the GB authorities using the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS).
You should use the EU TRACES system to pre-notify Northern Ireland of imports.