All regulated produce must meet the requirements of the EU Marketing Standards when exported outside the Community. Exports outside the Community must be accompanied by a certificate indicating that the produce complies with the appropriate standard.
These certificates of conformity are issued by:
- England by Horticultural Marketing Inspections, Rural Payments Agency (RPA)
- Scotland by the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD)
- Wales by the National Assembly for Wales Agriculture Department (NAWAD)
- Northern Ireland by the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland (DARD).
In most cases consignments of produce sent to other Member States also have to be accompanied by a certificate of conformity issued by the Agriculture Departments shown above.
Exporters will need to give full details of the consignments and their destination and should, when possible, give at least three clear working days’ notice so that arrangements for inspection can be made.
Full information and application forms can be obtained from the appropriate Horticultural Inspection contact.
Page published: 11 September 2012