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Licences, certificates and new rules from 1 January 2021

The UK has left the EU and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end on 31 December 2020. Below is a summary of licences, certificates and special rules for moving goods in or out of the UK.

Full details are available on the government website.

Fluorinated gases and ozone-depleting substances

If you conduct any F gas or ODS activity, please contact the University’s Regulatory Compliance Officer to check if these activities require reporting. Full details are available on the DEFRA and EA guidance.

Nuclear related items: Export controls

Exporting dual-use items

The overall framework of controls of dual-use exports will not change, but there will be changes to some licensing requirements from 1 January 2021.

If you currently hold an export licence, check with the Export Controls Compliance (ECC) Team to check if your licence will still be valid after 1 January 2021.

Exporting Trigger List items

A valid export licence will continue to be needed for the export of Trigger List items from the UK to any other destinations.

Existing export licences issued in the UK for the export of Trigger List items to the EU will remain valid.

Full details are available on the BEIS guidance.

Exporting animals and animal products to the EU

From 1 January 2021, new rules will apply on exporting animals, products of animal origin or germplasm and animal by-products. Please contact the University’s Regulatory Compliance Officer (RCO) to check what you need before transporting these products from the UK to the EU. Full details are available on the APHA and DEFRA guidance and the Balai Directive guidance.

Importing and exporting plants and plant products

Importing plants and plant products into England from the EU

There will be new processes that importers must follow in 2021. These processes will start in 3 stages.

From 1 January 2021, new requirements will apply to UK imports of high priority plants and plant products from the EU.

From 1 April 2021, all regulated plants and plant products imported to England from the EU must have phytosanitary certificates (PCs).

From 1 July 2021, regulated plants and plant products will have extra documentary checks and physical inspections.

Please contact the University’s Regulatory Compliance Officer (RCO) if you require more information.

Exporting plants and plant products from England to the EU

From 1 January 2021, all regulated plants and plant products exported from England, Scotland or Wales to the EU will be subject to EU import controls in line with goods exported from the rest of the world. Please contact the University’s Regulatory Compliance Officer (RCO) for more information on regulated plants.

Full details are available on the DEFRA and APHA guidance.

Trading and moving endangered species protected by CITES

You’ll no longer be able to freely move species listed in Annexes B – D between the UK and the EU from 1 January 2021. Species in Annex A will continue to be subject to stricter controls.

You’ll need to check the requirements of the EU country you are importing from or exporting to. Please contact the University’s Regulatory Compliance Officer (RCO) for more details.

Full details are available on the DEFRA guidance.