The Exit day is 12th April (this Friday) – the Exit time is 12.00 CET (midnight)
UPDATE (10th April) : The EU has now listed the UK as a ‘third country’. This means the EU has accepted that the UK meets the health requirements for trade with the EU. It ensures that exports of animals and animal products can continue from the UK to the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has published its Information Note on Animal Products Import (from the UK) – here.
It’s part of the DAFM series of Brexit Related Trader Notices and Information Notes – here.
The DAFM Animal Product Information Note repeats – when the United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU), it will become a Third Country (i.e. a non EU member State).
Given that the UK will exit the Single Market on that date, there will be a requirement for EU Member States (including Ireland) to apply sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks on all imports of animal products from the UK into the EU.
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This will mean that the importation of animal products from the UK into Ireland will have to meet certain requirements, including:
(1) The UK will have to be listed by the European Commission as a country approved to export the relevant products of animal origin to the EU.
[Presently, it is not. Third Country listing is expected to be granted by 12th April. – see UPDATE]
(2) The UK will have to be listed as having a residue plan approved in accordance with EU legislation.
(3) The establishment in the UK from where the animal product is dispatched must be listed as an EU approved establishment for that category of animal product in the EU’s TRACES system.
[The UK access to this is not confirmed after Exit. The status of EU approval of individual establishments is not published. Queries should be addressed to UK DEFRA.]
(4) Each consignment of animal products must be accompanied by an original health certificate, drawn up in conformity with the model under EU law for the particular product, completed and signed on behalf of the competent authorities of the UK.
[The status of health certification is not published, Queries should be addressed to UK DEFRA.]
(5) The consignment may only enter Ireland through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP).
[Current Ireland BIPs are at Dublin Airport, Dublin Port and Shannon – here.]
[So far there is no indication where the BIP checks will be made for trade across the Irish Border (from Northern Ireland to Ireland).]
(6) At least 24 hours before the physical arrival of the consignment in Ireland, the person responsible for the load must complete Part 1 of the Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) in the EU TRAde Control and Expert System (TRACES).
[Note, UK access to TRACES is not confirmed.]
(7) The consignment must be presented to the BIP where it will be subjected to official controls. These official controls will include documentary checks and identity checks, and may include physical checks, including the taking of samples for laboratory testing.
(8) In addition, a declaration to Customs must be made of the intention to bring a consignment of products/animals into Ireland. The consignment must be declared to Customs using the Single Administrative Document (SAD) before the official controls at the BIP can be completed.
(9) Upon satisfactory completion of the required checks, the decision is entered in Part 2 of the CVED which must accompany the consignment to the first place of destination referred to in the CVED.
[In addition, animal products imported from the UK into Ireland will face tariffs.]
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