Export health certificates may be required when food is exported to countries outside of the European Community (EC).
The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are responsible for issuing export health certificates (EHC) for certain products of animal origin (POAO) to specific third countries. Further details are available on the DEFRA website.
The Council can provide export certification for certain products produced or packed in the Dartford and Sevenoaks Environmental Health Partnership area which are not covered by EHCs issued by the APHA. This can relate to products that are
- not of animal origin
- processed meat products
- manufactured food and drinks
It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the content of the certificate meets the requirements of the destination country. This information can be sought from the customer, embassy or trade representative. Inadequate information on the certificate could result in the rejection of a consignment.
Wording on the certificate
We will try and incorporate the wording indicated on your request form. However, we cannot include wording that implies that we can vouch for the safety of an individual batch or consignment of food.
If the importing country requires a certificate stating that the product is fit for human consumption we would need to substantiate the claim before this could be stated on a certificate. This would require examination or analysis at a food laboratory of a sample(s) from the batch being exported. It is the exporters responsibility to arrange and pay for this. Exporters should contact the Environmental Health Partnership first to discuss what evidence/samples are required.
How much does an export certificate cost?
A fee of £84 (£70 + VAT) is charged to cover the first two hours of work undertaken and for the issuing of an export certificate. An additional hourly rate will be charged after two hours.
We will only issue a certificate if your premises are registered with us and have had satisfactory routine inspections.
How long does it take to process an export certificate?
Certificates will be sent by second class post within 5 working days of receiving the request form. Certificates can be collected from Dartford Borough Council Offices on request.
Certificates may be sent out within 3 working days for an additional cost of £48 (£40 + VAT), please call first on 01322 343231/343409 to ensure that we can accommodate this request as it will not always be possible.