Moving animals, plants and certain agrifood products 

This page is relevant for importers and exporters of products of animal origin and plant products (including certain agrifood products), who will be in charge of the regulatory formalities, but also for transport operators. Hauliers may be denied access if they are not in possession of the required sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) documentation (to be provided by their customers).  


Importing products of animal origin from the EU: guidance available here  

Exporting products of animal origin from the EU: guidance available here  

Importing and exporting plant products: guidance available here   

Phytosanitary requirements applying to wooden pallets: Movement of wood packaging material from 2021 

Export Health Certificates (EHCs) will be required to export animals and products of animal origin. Read more about how to get an EHC. 

Importing fish from the EU: guidance available here  

Exporting fish to the EU: guidance available here 

Endangered animal and plant species are protected by the CITES international convention. These requirements don’t only apply to animals and plants but also to processed goods containing CITES species such as certain cosmetics or wooden items. Find out more.   

Groupage export facilitation scheme (GEFS): To reduce the number of Export Health Certificates required from businesses that export a large number of products of animal origin to the EU, Government introduced a “Groupage Export Facilitation Scheme”. It will only be available to exporters who work with a stable list of well-identified suppliers. Not all products of animal origin will be eligible. Find out more here