The EU has voted to delay when traders must start to use the new Export Health Certificates (EHCs), which were due to be introduced from 21 August 2021.
The new Animal Health Regulation (AHR) EHCs were due to be used from August 21 2021 for goods exported to the EU. However, the EU has voted to delay the date the new EHCs must be signed until 15 January 2022. It includes EHCs for all products of animal origin, live animals, germinal products and composite products and also applies to traders moving goods to Northern Ireland.
The EU’s proposal will mean that current EHCs signed before 15 January 2022 can be used until 15 March 2022 for goods on route to the EU. Changes to the rules for the certification of composite products which took effect in April 2021 continue to apply.
We know that businesses have been working hard to get ready for the new EHCs on 21 August 2021. We are currently reviewing options for the use of current and new AHR certificates that have already been made available and will provide updates on this shortly.