Products of animal origin - international trade regulations

Intra-EU movements of products of animal origin

In most cases, acquiring or dispatching products of animal origin (POAO) within the European Union (EU) is straightforward, although you should take care to keep up to date with changes.

Goods are generally classified as being in free circulation if they have been imported through a Border Control Post (BCP) anywhere in the EU. For example, if a consignment has passed the import checks at a port in Germany, it is usually free to travel from there to the UK. However, you will need to ensure that the relevant documentation travels with each consignment to enable it to pass through ports.

The paperwork you need varies according to which type of POAO you are moving. Find specific requirements for importing each type of POAO.

You must ensure that your goods meet any relevant UK regulations once they have entered the UK, such as labelling requirements. Special requirements apply to some POAO, such as eggs and butter. Health marks are applied to red meat carcasses and wholesale cuts to show that they are fit for human consumption. See food labelling and packaging in international trade.

You must also make sure your POAO are transported safely. You must also package your POAO correctly, as special rules apply.


You must keep up to date with any changes to EU regulations on the movement of POAO, as these will affect any movement between member states. These can change quickly, particularly in the case of outbreaks of disease. You can find up-to-date information on the DAERA website.