Food (including beverages) which is exported outside the European Union (EU) may require an export certificate (this will be subject to change after the UK leaves the EU).
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and their delivery agent the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are the main bodies responsible for issuing food export certification. In the first instance, food businesses wishing to export food should check whether there is a Defra issued export certificate for the product to be exported, which has been agreed with the country the food is to be sent to.
Dartford Borough Council can provide export certification for certain types of food and beverages, such as
- Food not of animal origin
- Composite products (processed products of animal origin that have been combined with products not of animal origin)
- Manufactured food and drinks
It is the responsibility of the exporting business to find out what the import requirements are in the destination country before seeking to obtain export certification.
Certain countries may require the certification to be in a certain format or have standard wording. It is important to find this information out as inadequate information on the form may result in the destination country rejecting the goods. This information can be sought from the customer, embassy or trade representative.
In order to demonstrate that food is safe, it is likely that analysis will need to be carried out by an independent laboratory, and the report provided to the officer providing the certificate. It is the exporter's responsibility to arrange and pay for this. Exporters should contact the Environmental Health Partnership first to discuss what evidence/samples are required.
The fee is £84 (£70 + VAT) for the first two hours of work, including the certificate. After two hours, an hourly rate of £30 will be charged.
To pay the fee, please call the Council switchboard on 01322 343434 and state which certification you wish to pay for.