The conditions permitting the export of animals and animal based products to non-EU countries are set by the importing countries’ animal and food health authorities.
Products need to be accompanied by Veterinary Health Certificates that attest to the fulfilment of those conditions. The conditions are often based on agreed international norms.
Unlike trade within EU Member States, negotiations with third countries can be difficult and can often only take place through inter-governmental contact.
See the list of export health certificates for those markets dealt with by the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP) for livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs, etc.) or their genetics or meat available for download for your information. Export Procedures
Adapted from: www.defra.gov.uk, on 08/08/2012
IMTA is actively involved in two committees working with DEFRA to identify priority countries that governments should enter in negotiations with. IMTA also provides members with model export certificates and information about access to countries.
The current state of UK meat exports and their development over last 6 years can be seen in the chart below. We hope that IMTA will continue to contribute to this trend.
UK Exports to Non-EU Markets (tonnes)
Source: Eurostat (August 2012)