The FSA is not responsible for issuing export certificates for food items. Our role in relation to third country exports is to provide support to Defra and its agencies, and provide advice and guidance for UK local authorities.
Certain third countries may require food exports to be certified by a UK government authority before being exported.
Export Health Certificates (EHCs)
A list of available EHCs can be found on Defra’s website via the link on the right hand side of this page. The certificates are issued by Animal Health’s International Trade Centre at Carlisle to accompany certain export consignments. These primarily relate to exports of products of animal origin.
Contact details for the International Trade Centre can be found on the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) website via the link to the right.
Plants, grain, bulbs, fruit, vegetables and other plant products
Plant health exportation services are delivered by the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) for plants, plant products (including grain and bulbs), fruit and vegetables, potatoes (including seed potatoes) and seeds.
Advice on plant health exports can be found on the Fera website via the link to the right.
Certificates of Free Sale
Certificates of Free Sale are issued by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to accompany certain food products upon export. The standard certificate gives assurances that the food products are free from harmful radioactive material, are fit for human consumption and are freely sold in Britain and Northern Ireland.
For information on Certificates of Free Sale, and export licences for specific commodities, contact the RPA directly. RPA contact details can be found via the link to the right.
For food products not covered by the above, you may wish to contact your local authority for advice. You can use our online search tool via the link below to find your nearest local authority.