Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - UK - 2019

DEFRA Press Release, 20 February 2019

BREXIT - Government urges businesses to prepare for changes to animal imports and exports in a no-deal Brexit: Guidance published today will help minimise disruption and allow continued movement of goods

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New guidance has been published today to ensure import and export trade in animals, animal products, fish, food and feed can continue in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

This guidance will help to minimise disruption for users and allow the continued movement of goods, while helping to maintain our biosecurity, food safety and high standards of animal welfare.

In the event of no deal, to continue to export to the EU we will need to be listed by the EU as a third country. Negotiations are under way to secure this listing and we are confident it will be in place before we leave the EU.

In a no-deal exit the process for exporting and importing the products above but will change in the following ways:

Food and Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said:

"Our top priority remains delivering a negotiated deal, but it is the job of a responsible Government to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.

"If you or your business export or import animals and animal products or imports high risk food and feed you will need to prepare for a number of changes in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Our new guidance pages on make clear what you need to do to be ready to continue to trade after we leave the EU."

To summarise the guidance published today, those who export animals, animal products, fish, should:

Those who import animals, animal products, fish, food and feed should:

The IPAFFS system, which will replicate the EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) process currently used by importers to notify authorities of imports of animal products, and high-risk food and feed from non-EU countries, will be operational for businesses importing from outside the EU on Day 1. Businesses importing animals and animal products from within the EU will need to use a separate interim system until the summer.

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