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325% rise in UK veterinary certifications needed for trade post-Brexit

Staff Writer |
As the UK exits the EU, new trade agreements for meat and agricultural products could trigger a significant increase in the number of veterinary certifications needed.

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The British Veterinary Association (BVA) said that in its response to the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EfraCom) inquiry into the impact on the UK’s trade in food after Brexit.

When the UK leaves the EU it may no longer enjoy the same trading freedom with EU countries and could be treated as a third country by the EU.

As such, exports and imports of animals and animal products to and from the EU will need new veterinary certifications.

These will need to be developed and supervised, which will require an increase in the number of Official Veterinarians to perform this role.

According to the UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, the volume of products requiring veterinary certifications could increase by as much as 325%.

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