Jul 6th, 2021
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From 30th June 2021, arrangements to enable the movement of certain “Prohibited and Restricted” meat products from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to Northern Ireland (NI) have been extended for a further period of three months.

This means that Prohibited and Restricted chilled meat products can be moved from GB to NI until 30th September 2021, provided that they meet specific conditions, as outlined in section 18 of the Compliance Protocol.

As it stands P&R meat products will not be permitted to enter NI from GB from 1st October 2021.

Prohibited & Restricted (P&R) meat products include the following categories:

  • Minced meat of poultry, of ratites and of wild game-birds, frozen or chilled.
  • Chilled minced meat from animals other than poultry.
  • Chilled meat preparations.
  • Unprocessed meat produced from meat initially imported in Great Britain from the EU’s SPS area

As previously, the meat products will enter NI through a designated Border Control Post (BCP) and will be subject to certain conditions:

  • They are sold exclusively to end consumers in supermarkets located in Northern Ireland, and they are not to be sold to other operators of the food chain;
  • They are accompanied by official certificates issued by the UK competent authorities (based on similar models already existing for fresh meat, minced meat and meat preparations); and
  • They are packed for end consumers, and they bear a label reading ‘These products from the United Kingdom may not be sold outside Northern Ireland’.

Note: the UK Government has stated it “will endeavour to introduce product-level labelling as soon as is practicable but businesses will be given time and support to put the arrangements in place.”

Also, during this period, they will not amend the rules applicable to meat products already in force in the rest of the UK.

The extension allows for further discussions to continue regarding a permanent solution.

DAERA have published extremely useful guidance regarding the movement of P&R goods which includes lists of things you must do to help ensure consignments are successful, as well as handy links to all the relevant Export Health Certificates.

You will find this guidance here . Please note, it is subject to change so please check back regularly.


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