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Brexit: Import fish from the EU from 1 January 2021

6 February 2020


How to import fish for human consumption from 1 January 2021

If you import fish to the UK from the EU you’ll need:

  • a catch certificate
  • supporting documents validated by the country of export, which will vary as they are produced by the exporting country

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

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.