UK seafood exporters warned of need to file paperwork for possible "no deal" Brexit by 12 December

Published on
December 5, 2018

Companies in the United Kingdom that export fish or other products of animal origin (POAO) to the E.U. have been asked to provide certain information to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) by Wednesday, 12 December to ensure that these exports can continue in the event of a “no deal” E.U. exit.

In a letter to U.K.-approved food business operators, the FSA said that in the event of a no deal Brexit – which it believes is unlikely – the country would need to apply to be listed by the E.U. as a “third country” in order to export fish, shellfish, and other POAO to the E.U. 

To enable an application to be submitted by Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs on behalf of the United Kingdom, producers who export POAO to the E.U.; who supply products subsequently exported to the E.U.; or who wish to do so in the near future – must provide certain information to the FSA:

  • Confirmation that they would like to be included on the list of approval to export POAO into the E.U.
  • Product(s) and volume of material exported to the E.U. over the last 12 months and the number of consignments dispatched to the E.U.
  • Product(s) and volume of material produced in the last 12 months that is not exported
  • Approval number
  • Name, address email and telephone number

Failure to respond by the deadline may mean food business operators having to stop exporting POAO until a future revision of the list can be approved by the E.U.

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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