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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Export requirements for composite products


The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland where Great Britain includes the devolved nations of England, wales and Scotland and their islands is now considered by the European Union (EU) as a third country. However, a special status has been granted to Northern Ireland which remains aligned with the EU on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.

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  1. Eligible/ineligible product
  2. Pre-export approvals by the competent authority of the importing country
  3. Production Controls and Inspection Requirements
  4. Labelling, packaging and marking requirements
  5. Export documents available upon request
  6. Additional information

1. Eligible/ineligible product

The export certificates for composite products refer to a list of Harmonized System (HS) code(s). It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the product being exported will be covered by the certificates issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).



2. Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country

The Great Britain (GB) has not yet established a specific list of establishments of third countries authorized to export CPs. However, if applicable, the processed product of animal origin used in the PCs must come from an establishment which is approved to export to the GB and on the List of establishments in non-EU countries that are approved to export animal products to the GB. This list is administered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

3. Production controls and inspection requirements

See European Union (EU) – Export requirements for composite products.

4. Labelling, packaging and marking requirements

Exported products depending on their final destination (Great Britain and/or Northern Ireland) mainly must meet certain packaging and labelling requirements. The exporter must work closely with the importer to ensure the compliance of their products.

5. Required documents

The export health certificate below covers products exported to Great Britain (GB) including England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. References to EU legislation within this certificate are references to direct EU legislation which has been retained in Great Britain (retained EU law as defined in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018).


6. Additional information

Exported products transiting through a third country may require transit documentation. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the shipment will be accompanied by all necessary certificates. Please work closely with your importer.

Samples (personal or commercial) of products may be subject to the same requirements as a regular shipment. A special import permit could be required. It is strongly recommended that the exporter verify these requirements with their importer and/or with the border control post where the products will be shipped.

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