Centre For Environment Fisheries Aquaculture Science
Wales and England
This guidance applies only to live fish, molluscs and crustaceans imported or exported for aquaculture and ornamental purposes and includes live shellfish for purification (depuration) prior to consumption. It does not apply to dead fish and shellfish, fish and shellfish products, or live shellfish for immediate consumption.
For information on live aquatic animal imports and exports to and from other UK territories and Crown Dependencies, contact:
This guidance does not currently apply to UK businesses moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland. Further information will be added to GOV.UK in the coming weeks. Find out more about moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.
Importing and Exporting - EU
Preparing for changes to trade at the UK-EU border
To minimise disruption to your business at the border points there are actions you will now need to take to prepare for the end of the transition period.
Import from an EU country
The UK has left the EU. There will be new processes that importers must follow. These processes will start in 3 stages.
1) From 1 January 2021:
The UK will operate a full, external border with the EU. This means that live aquatic animals imported from the EU will be subject to new import controls. They must be:
pre-notified by the importer using the UKs new Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System IPAFFS for all imports of live fish, molluscs and shellfish and their eggs and gametes.
you must use IPAFFS to pre-notify at least one working day before your consignment is due to arrive.
accompanied by an export animal health certificate which meets UK standards for entry into England and Wales.
current requirements to be authorised to import by the Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) will remain unchanged.
2) From 1 April 2021:
Further changes will be introduced for animal products and for high-risk food and feed not of animal origin.
Import controls on live animals, including live aquatic animals for aquaculture and ornamental purposes, will remain unchanged from those introduced on 1 January 2021 until 1 July 2021.
3) From 1 July 2021:
New import requirements will apply to live aquatic animals imported from the EU. They must be:
accompanied by an export animal health certificate so they can have documentary checks. UK model animal health certificates are under review and will be made available through the FHI on completion.
pre-notified by the importer using IPAFFS
entered through a Border Control Post (BCP) so theyre available for documentary, identity and physical checks.
Import from a non-EU country
Youll no longer have access to the EUs import system TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System) from 1 January 2021.
Youll need to use the UKs new Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) for all imports of live fish, molluscs and shellfish and their eggs and gametes.
Export animal health certificates are required. Health certificates and other documentation are being reviewed and further guidance will follow. Contact FHI for the required document.
You must continue to import live animals into the UK through a UK border control post (BCP) formerly known as Border Inspection Posts (BIPs).
Export to an EU Country
From 1 January 2021, new export requirements will apply to live aquatic animals exported to the EU. Youll need:
an export animal health certificate. Check with the Competent Authority or Official Service for Aquatic Animal Health in the destination country or via their embassy in the UK to find out what export animal health certificate is required.
contact the Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) at Cefas to apply for an Export Animal Health Certificate. Certificates must be signed by a Fish Health Inspector following an inspection of the consignment. You will need to give the FHI a minimum of 5 working days notice in advance of export to request a certificate and inspection.
to get your goods checked at a border control post (BCP), that can accept your type of goods in the first EU country they enter.
make sure your importer/ EU-based import agent has notified the BCP that your consignment is arriving - check with the BCP for how much notice needs to be given.
to comply with wider HMRC guidance on customs requirements for exporting to the EU.
If your consignment is rejected by the EU after exporting
If your consignment is rejected by the