Extra guidance for exporters about Brexit
Guidance for primary sector exporters to the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) under a no-deal Brexit scenario.
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In this section:
- Will there be changes to sanitary requirements for New Zealand exports to the United Kingdom (UK)?
- What does the UK/NZ Veterinary Agreement mean for exporters?
- Will the UK continue to accept EU model certificates and premise listings?
- What is the process for adding additional establishment listings?
- Will there be changes to the EU import notification system (TRACES)?
- What changes will there be when travelling with cats and dogs?
No change is expected in the sanitary requirements for live animals or animal products exported from New Zealand to the UK for at least the medium term in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The UK/NZ Veterinary Agreement replicates the EU/NZ Veterinary Agreement (also known as the ‘Sanitary Agreement Applicable to Trade in Live Animals and Animal Products’).
It sets out the sanitary measures that are recognised as equivalent by each country for products of animal origin. The agreement provides a robust basis for trade, reducing costs for exporters. The UK/NZ Veterinary Agreement is intended to come into effect either when the UK leaves the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit or at the conclusion of any transition period that might be agreed between the UK and the EU.
The UK Government has advised that the EU model certificates will be accepted for imports into the UK for 6 months following a no-deal Brexit.
The UK has advised that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, they will use the existing EU lists of approved establishments. If your premises are already listed on the EU approved establishment list, there is nothing further that you have to do.
To add any new premises, follow usual EU listing processes
In a no-deal Brexit scenario the UK is likely to lose access to the EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES). Instead, for import notification, UK importers will need to use the ‘Import of products, animals, food and feed system’ (IPAFFS).
There will be no changes in export requirements or processes for pet cats and dogs travelling from New Zealand to the UK following Brexit.
There may however be changes for pets that clear the border in the UK, stay for a period then travel on to the EU. Further information on these possible changes are in this UK government’s technical notice ‘Pet travel to Europe after Brexit.’ Further information is also available from the UK Pet Travel Scheme Helpline (0370 24 11 710).
What will the phytosanitary requirements for New Zealand exports to the UK following a no-deal Brexit be?
The UK Plant Health (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (as amended) and the equivalent regulations in Scotland will apply following a no-deal Brexit.
MPI does not anticipate any major changes to current requirements for exporting plants, and plant products to the UK. Updated Import Country Phytosanitary Requirements will be provided to industry prior to the 31 October in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Exporters are also advised to check with their UK importers for any revised import conditions.
Are any changes to requirements for wine and processed food expected in a no-deal Brexit?
There are no changes expected to export requirements for these products in the short and medium term following a no-deal Brexit.
What export certificate will be required for wine exported to the UK following a no-deal Brexit?
The existing VI-1 certificate used for the EU will continue to be accepted by the UK for 6 months following a no-deal Brexit.
What will the new requirements be for organic products exported from New Zealand to the UK following a no-deal Brexit?
The UK has advised that they will continue to recognise New Zealand’s official organic assurance programme (OOAP). This means that the requirements for exporting organic products to the UK will not change in a no-deal Brexit.
As the UK may lose access to the EU’s Trade Control and Expert System New Technology (TRACES NT) system, a new manual system to manage organic imports could be required. MPI will update affected exporters on any changes to organic exporting processes once the UK clarifies their requirements.
Will the UK continue to recognise New Zealand’s catch certification for fishery products?
In the case of a no-deal Brexit, the UK and New Zealand have made an agreement on mutual recognition of catch certification for fishery products.
Customs documentation and procedures with the EU
- New Zealand Customs Service website
- Download questions and answers – New Zealand Customs Service website
If you want to contact the New Zealand Customs Service about Brexit (including if you're a New Zealand business and are concerned about the impact on Brexit on your exports to the UK or the EU), you can:
- phone 0508 BREXIT or 0508 273 948 (toll-free), or
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
General advice for exporters
The New Zealand Trade and Enterprise website also has information about Brexit for New Zealand businesses that export to the UK:
Information from the UK Government for food and beverage importers
The UK Government has technical information to help importers prepare for a possible ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
Information on this web page is also available as a document you can download. Note, that the information on this page and in the document will be updated during the Brexit negotiations.
- Questions and answers about Brexit [DOCX, 172 KB]
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