Guidance for importing fish from the EU from 1 January 2021

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What does this involve?

The UK Government has issued guidance on how to import fish for human consumption into the UK from 1 January 2021. 

UK companies and fishing vessels

If you import fish to the UK from the EU you’ll need a validated catch certificate from the exporter.

If the fish you’re importing has been stored or processed, you may also may need additional documents, endorsed by the competent authority in the country of processing:

  • a processing statement filled in by the processor
  • storage documents from the exporter

From 1 April, you’ll also need an Export Health Certificate.

EU fishing vessels

EU fishing vessels must land into a North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) designated UK port. They will also need to submit a NEAFC Port State Control form (PSC1 or PSC2) before landing.

EU vessels landing into the UK with exempt fisheries products will need to complete an exempt fisheries products prior notification form. They will also need to fill in a pre-landing declaration and email it to the designated UK port 4 hours before landing.

If you re-export fish that’s imported from the EU you’ll need to complete the re-export section on the catch certificate.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Companies involved in processing fish and fishing vessels. 

How long does this take?

It will take about 10 minutes to read the advice.

Important information

You must comply with HMRC guidance on customs requirements for importing from the EU.

Next steps

Visit the UK Government website for more details and to access the required forms.

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