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

The UK has been granted "national listed status", ensuring that exports to the EU of live animals and animal products can continue after the end of the Brexit transition.
calendar icon 3 January 2021
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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.


UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss, said:

“Third country listed status demonstrates our very high standards of biosecurity and animal health which we will continue to maintain after the end of the transition period.

“If you or your business imports or exports animal and animal products, or imports high risk food, then I urge you to visit our guidance pages on for what you need to do to continue to trade after 31 December.”

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.

The EU has voted to lift a number of plant health prohibitions and they also voted to grant equivalence for fruit and vegetable propagating material, which means these plants and plant products can continue being exported to the EU and NI. We are expecting a decision on agricultural species and forest reproductive material, which is decided via a Council vote.

The recent positive outcome of the EU vote means it will be possible to export seed and propagating material, as well as ware potatoes, to the EU and NI from 1 January 2021.

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