Agricultural Products: Northern Ireland

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st July 2020.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any additional costs will be charged for consignments of agri-food goods entering the Single Epidemiological Unit from Great Britain following the transition period.

Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Products of Animal Origin moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will require an export health certificate or SPS documentary, visual and physical checks following the end of the transition period.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Northern Ireland Protocol applies European Union sanitary and phyto-sanitary law in Northern Ireland. As we acknowledged in our Command paper The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol (CP226), agrifood movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will be subject to checks at points of entry to Northern Ireland, building on what already happens at ports like Belfast and Larne. A trader of a good subject to checks is not charged for the issue of health certificates but may face costs for certification. EU law provides for charges to be made for checks. The Government is making proposals to minimise requirements and associated costs for the movement of agri-food goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

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