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UK secures 'listed status' to protect £5 billion animal export market

Christian Fernsby |
Exports to the EU of live animals and products of animal origin such as meat, fish and dairy can continue.

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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that the UK has been granted ‘national listed status’, which ensures exports to the EU of live animals and products of animal origin such as meat, fish and dairy can continue, providing certainty for a market worth more than £5 billion a year.

The UK’s listed status was confirmed by the EU after it met the health and biosecurity assurances required for a third country.

The move recognises the UK’s high biosecurity and animal health standards and will bring welcome clarity to our world-leading farmers and food producers. The decision will also allow the continued movement of equines between the UK and the EU.

Businesses will require an Export Health Certificate for all different product types within a consignment, 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.