Animals: Exports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd July 2019.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential increase in the number of Export Health Certificate that will be required in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal we expect the number of Export Health Certificates (EHCs) issued for exports to increase.

To address this increase, we have offered free training to official veterinarians, with around 1000 official veterinarians now able to sign EHCs.

We have created a new Certification Support Officer. This role will assist Certifying Officers to collate the evidence needed for certification. 250 have registered and 90 have qualified in Great Britain so far.

We have offered local authorities funding to help them meet demand for EHCs, and a new web portal for processing EHCs will also help by speeding up the application process.

The proposed risk based approach to inspecting EHCs will increase the capacity for local authority Certifying Officers to certify export health certificates for fish and fish products.

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