Export Controls: Insects

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 26th April 2022.

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Photo of Owen Thompson Owen Thompson SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help remove trade barriers for UK-based companies exporting live insect eggs to EU countries.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement puts in place a framework that allows the UK and the EU to take informed decisions to reduce their respective SPS controls, with a commitment to avoid unnecessary barriers to trade. It is in both the UK’s and the EU’s interests to use this framework to reduce or streamline SPS checks where possible, ensuring that they are proportionate to the biosecurity risks.

The trade in live insects where they are not for human consumption is subject to national rules, meaning the individual importing country sets the requirements in an SPS context. If they are for human consumption, then this is an EU harmonised area and is subject to the EU’s harmonised import controls. The UK has secured listing from the EU to export insects for human consumption and the relevant Export Health Certificate is available via EHC Online.

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