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Rules after Brexit
Most of the existing standards and rules that apply to manufacturing, importing and marketing fertilisers in the UK will stay the same.
There are currently 2 frameworks - a domestic and an EU framework - under which manufacturers can market their products. Manufacturers can also choose to market their products under the mutual recognition principle.
The current domestic framework allowing fertilisers to be sold in the UK will stay in place.
There will be changes to the EU framework in terms of:
- material labelled EC fertilisers sold in the UK
- changes to the rules for the import of ammonium nitrate fertilisers for EU and non-EU countries
New UK fertiliser label
A new UK fertiliser label will replace the EC fertiliser label for fertilisers sold in the UK.
Youll have the option to use the new UK fertiliser label for fertilisers placed on the UK market after Brexit. To use the UK fertiliser label, youll need to meet the same standards required for the EC fertiliser label. The words UK fertiliser will appear on the materials packages, labels and supporting documents.
Youll be able to use the EC fertiliser label during a 2-year transitional period after Brexit. Local authorities will continue compliance testing using their appointed agricultural analyst. The following laboratories can carry out testing according to their schedule of accreditation:
Trading with the EU and EEA
Youll still be able to manufacture your products as EC fertilisers and export to the EU/EEA, but youll need to make sure you meet EU standards. Manufacturers will need to be established within the EU.
If you export ammonium nitrate with a nitrogen content of more than 28% of its weight, you must use an approved EU laboratory to carry out detonation resistance testing.
The UK will no longer fall within the scope of the mutual recognition principle if there is a no-deal Brexit. Fertilisers will have to be marketed under either the domestic framework or the new UK fertiliser label.
Ammonium nitrate imports
There will be changes to the rules for the import of ammonium nitrate fertilisers from EU and non-EU countries into Great Britain.
Northern Irelands ammonium nitrate import rules will not change.
This will affect solid ammonium nitrate fertilisers when the following applies:
- a nitrogen content of more than 28% of its weight
- in a consignment weighing 500 kilograms or more
The new rules will be the same for all countries if there is a no-deal Brexit.
To import ammonium nitrate, youll need to apply for a detonation resistance test (DRT) certificate issued by a UK-based competent laboratory accredited under standard ISO 17025.
Each certificate should relate to a sample from each production run batch. A batch means the quantity of material manufactured without alteration of composition or characteristics, with a maximum batch run of 92 days.
Youll also need to:
- make sure that each batch, or part batch, arrives in Great Britain no more than 60 days after the DRT certificate is issued
- email email@example.com at least 5 days before the shipment arrives in Great Britain
You must keep the records of any batch or part batch and their DRT certificates for at least 2 years.
For imports from the EU, there will be a 2-year transitional period to introduce these changes after Brexit. For imports from non-EU countries (third countries), the 2-year transitional period will not apply.
Read more guidance on ammonium nitrate: