Our role is to provide assurance to Defra that food and drink exported from the UK has been produced in accordance with UK legislative requirements. It is a Food Business Operator's (FBO's) responsibility to check their export meets the requirements of the destination country.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is not responsible for issuing any type of export certification.
Individual countries will have specific requirements in terms of the types of documentation needed for products being exported. The requirements will differ depending on the country and the specific type of product.
There is no single source of information of those individual products to country export requirements. When commercially exporting food or drink from the UK, it's your responsibility to check the restrictions and export conditions that apply before you export.
Defra guidance on the new rules for exporting or moving high risk food and feed of non-animal origin (HRFNAO) from GB to EU countries or NI is available at exporting or moving HRFNAO.
Shellfish trading requirements
Pectinidae (e.g. scallops), tunicates (e.g. sea squirts, sea cucumbers and sea urchins) and marine gastropods (e.g. winkles and whelks etc.) which are harvested and landed in GB, are permitted to be traded without a Site Identification Number (SIN) code (previously called GBR code), as they are not filter feeders as specified in the relevant regulation.
All other live bivalve molluscs (LBMs) will need a SIN code.
Before they can be placed on the market for human consumption and be eligible for export health certification they will require to have passed through one of the following types of approved premises – a fish auction, a dispatch centre or a processing establishment. See the Scottish list of approved food establishments.
The shellfish sector will continue to be kept informed on any updates to requirements for completing their movement documents.
Registration and inspection of fishing vessels
Fishing vessel owners in Scotland are legally required to register their fishing vessels as food businesses, and be inspected by the relevant local authority to enable their catch to be exported. See a list of vessels registered in Scotland.
If you intend to export your catch, either directly or indirectly to any EU Member State you must contact your Local Authority (LA) Environmental Health Department to register as a food business with them, and make arrangements to have your vessel/s inspected by LA officers. Here is a letter to all fishing vessel owners in Scotland for further information and LA contact details. The responsibility to register with, and have your vessel inspected by the relevant LA, rests entirely with food business owners, so fishing vessel owners should contact their relevant LA now.
If you are a LA or food business looking for further information on fishing vessel registration or the new logistic hubs, please contact email@example.com. Industry suppliers can contact the APHA helpdesk for export enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org