Imports of animals and products of animal origin are controlled by licensing. While you can import those animals and products of animal origin that meet the conditions of a general licence, you will have to apply for a specific licence in other cases.
The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) issues licences for animal health imports. Find out more about animal health import licences.
You should read the Rural Payment Agency (RPA) leaflets offered on this page in conjunction with RPA leaflet ET1 - The Traders Guide to Importing and Exporting CAP Goods. Note that the rules in the leaflets about specific commodities have precedence over the general rules outlined in leaflet ET1. If you are not sure which rules apply, please contact the RPA.
Beef and veal
You do not need an import licence to import beef or veal if paying full duty. There are a number of import duty reduction schemes - known as quotas - for the imports of chilled and frozen beef and veal, and for defined types of products from specific countries. You'll need an import licence relevant to the quota you wish to import under to take advantage of these. Find out general information on the Beef and Veal scheme.
You may have to provide additional documentation, such as a Certificate of Authenticity, or a EUR1 Movement Certificate. Beef may only be imported from certain countries and approved producers.
The Pigmeat, Eggs and Poultry Section (PEP) of the RPA issues import licences quarterly under several preferential import quota schemes for particular products.
There are a number of quotas for pig meat, and you'll need an import licence relevant to the quota you wish to import under to take advantage of these. The quotas are available for imports from certain countries, and will typically specify a minimum and/or maximum quantity of pig meat that you may import.
You don't need a licence to import poultry meat, unless you wish to take advantage of the import duty reduction schemes, known as quotas, for poultry meat. The quotas are available for imports from certain countries, and will typically specify minimum and maximum import quantities, security and documentary requirements.