The UK’s status on the list was confirmed by the EU after meeting the health and biosecurity guarantees required for a third country.
This decision recognizes the UK’s high biosecurity and animal health standards and will bring welcome clarity to our world’s leading farmers and food producers. The decision will also allow the continued movement of equines between the UK and the EU.
UK Chief Veterinarian Christine Middlemiss said:
“The third country status on the list is a testament to our very high biosecurity and animal health standards which we will continue to maintain after the end of the transition period.
“If you or your business is importing or exporting animal or animal products, or importing high risk food, I urge you to check out our guidance pages on gov.uk to find out what you need to do to continue trade after December 31. ”
Businesses will need an export health certificate for all different types of products in a shipment, which will need to be signed by a certifier such as an official veterinarian.
Guidance for animal importers and exporters, including equine transporters, is available on GOV.UK.
The EU voted in favor of lifting a number of phytosanitary bans and also voted to grant equivalence for fruit and vegetable propagating material, meaning that these plants and plant products can continue to be exported to EU and NI. We are awaiting a decision on agricultural species and forest reproductive material, which is decided by vote of the Council.
The recent positive result of the EU vote means that it will be possible to export seeds and propagating material, as well as table potatoes, to the EU and NI from January 1, 2021.