Brexit: Import fish from the EU from 1 January 2021

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How to import fish for human consumption from 1 January 2021, the documents you may need and customs rules to follow.

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

UK port health authorities (fisheries authorities in Northern Ireland) will check these documents for UK freight imports.

There may be implications for trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Find out more about moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.

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

Direct landings into the UK

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

EU vessels will also need to complete a:

  • prior notification form
  • pre-landing declaration

Prior notification form

EU vessels landing into the UK with:

  • exempt fisheries products only will need to fill in a prior notification for exempt fisheries product form
  • all other fisheries products, or a combination of exempt and non-exempt products, will need to complete this

Prior notification form

The prior notification form must be emailed to the designated UK port before landing. It will need to be sent:

  • for frozen fish, at least 72 hours before landing
  • for fresh fish, at least 4 hours before landing

Pre-landing declaration

EU vessels will need to fill in a pre-landing declaration and email it to the designated UK port 4 hours before landing.

They will need to give details of the:

  • area fished
  • quantity of fish by species on board the vessel

Get supporting documents

If the fish you’re importing to the UK have been:

  • stored, you’ll need a storage document from the exporter
  • processed, you’ll need a processing statement from the exporter - this must be filled in by the processor and endorsed by the authority in the country of processing

You will not need a health certificate for imports of fish or fish products from the EU for at least 6 months after the transition period.

Re-exporting fish imported from the EU

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

Customs requirements

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