From January 1st 2021, the United Kingdom will become a third-country, irrespective of the outcome of EU-UK negotiations on a future trading relationship.
This will significantly change animal health certification requirements for live fish/shellfish consignments being exported to Great Britain* and also for those which transit through Great Britain to continental Europe i.e. via the ‘UK landbridge’ route.
Procedures for importing fish and shellfish from/through Great Britain will also change. All consignments of fish and shellfish travelling from GB must enter the island of Ireland through a border control post (BCP) certified to accept live fish. Further details can be found at trading with the UK on www.gov.ie.
Please follow the links below for details of the new certification processes in each scenario.
Please also note the advance notice periods necessary to accommodate these new requirements.
Moving fish/shellfish to mainland Europe via Great Britain (UK Landbridge route):
Moving fish/shellfish directly to Great Britain:
NB: There are no new requirements for loads travelling directly to continental Europe e.g. by direct ferry from Ireland to France, as these will be travelling between member states without leaving the EU.
There may be significant delays in transporting fish and shellfish through Great Britain after 1st January 2021. The Marine Institute strongly advise operators and transporters to consider using direct-route options when moving fish and shellfish to the continent to avoid potential delays in-transit and dealing with the new procedures associated with the UK landbridge.
If you export fish or shellfish to Great Britain but have not previously required health certification, please contact the Fish Health Unit at email@example.com.
*For the purposes of the new trading arrangements, Great Britain can be defined as England, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands.