We have a number of free resources available on the rules and requirements for importing food from the UK(excluding Northern Ireland) and for placing these products on the EU Single Market.
We currently have two eLearning modules available to assist you in understanding the requirements for importing foods from the UK (excluding Northern Ireland)
Food Import Requirements
Our eLearning module on food import requirements outlines the import requirements for importing all types of foods and food contact materials from the UK (excluding Northern Ireland). The module includes:
- registration requirements
- notification requirements
- documentary requirements
- types of import checks involved
- outcome of import checks
Brexit mini-bite: Importing composite products
Composite products brought into Ireland from the United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland) are imports. Understanding the requirements for importing composite products can be difficult and we receive lots of queries from food businesses on composite products.
This short Brexit mini-bite on importing composite products should take only 10 minutes to complete and includes interactive exercises around the following questions:
- Is your food a composite product or not?
- Does your composite product need a health certificate?
Brexit Notice in relation to storage, distribution, traceability, labelling and identification of food from the United Kingdom, excluding Northern Ireland
This notice is aimed at food businesses storing or distributing food from the UK, (excluding Northern Ireland). This may be occurring:
(a) at storage facilities that are attached to or are part of a registered or approved food businesses
(b) standalone storage establishment e.g. central distribution centres
(c) off-site through the use of the services of a commercial storage/distribution company
Food businesses using the services of commercial storage may:
(i) lease all or part of the establishment or chambers or rooms within the storage facility
(ii) use the commercial storage provider to carry out activities on their behalf such as storage, goods receiving, dispatch, blast freezing,tempering, rewrapping/repacking, decanting, cross-docking etc.
Brexit Bites Webinars
The FSAI held a series of Brexit Bite webinars in 2020 to help food businesses prepare for the changes that Brexit brings from 1 January 2021.
Food businesses, regardless of size, moving food or food contact materials from, to or through Great Britain will be subject to a range of new customs formalities and other regulatory requirements from 1 January 2021. Irish food businesses that currently buy food from Great Britain and place it on the Irish market will become importers.
In this short Brexit Bite, the FSAI outlines what this means for food businesses and provides practical information on what you need to do to make sure you are prepared for 1 January 2021.
In this recording, the Environmental Health Service of the Health Service Executive provide an overview of the requirements for importing foods of non-animal origin and food contact materials e.g. food packaging, into Ireland from the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) from 1 January 2021.
The FSAI provide information on Brexit food labelling changes, 'placing on the market', and food supplement requirements.
In this webinar, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine provide a summary of the import controls on foods of animal origin including:
- What needs to be done to import food
- What documents are needed
Guidance and advice is provided on how imports can have a more efficient transfer through the Border Control Post.
Brexit means change and in this webinar the FSAI gives an overview of food import controls applicable from 1 January 2021, in addition to providing guidance on the labelling requirements for placing food from the UK on the Irish market.
Webinar: Import Documents
On the 14 January 2021, Carol Heavey (FSAI) and Deirdre O'Brien (HSE) took part in a joint webinar hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), HSE and FSAI titled ‘SPS Certification and Health Checks for Products Entering Ireland from GB: What Documents you Need, and When’.
In this webinar, Carol Heavey from the FSAI Brexit team covered the changes that have come about to food labelling because of Brexit as well as the resources that are available to help food businesses with the requirements now in place to import food and food contact materials from Great Britain.
See the video in full here: What are the new food labelling rules since Brexit? - a practical guide from the FSAI.
Deirdre O'Brien from the Environmental Health Service in the Health Service Executive provided a practical guide to documents and pre-notification needed to import foods of non-animal origin post-Brexit.
See the video in full here: What are the import controls for food of non-animal origin since Brexit? - a guide from the HSE
Noreen Galvin from DAFM went through the documentation, certification and processes required to import foods of animal origin and her colleague Joseph McNamara (DAFM) explained the documentation, certification and processes involved with importing products of plant origin. To view the DAFM videos from this webinar and other DAFM Brexit webinars, check out their YouTube channel.
Brexit Video Series
We have a number of 90 second videos available to provide you with a quick overview of some of the requirements for food imports.
Brexit will bring change
Brexit and Food Labelling
Brexit and Food Imports
Brexit and Product classification
Brexit and Port import control
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Other Sources of Information
Getting Ireland Brexit Ready
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA)
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Brexit advice for Local Authority supervised businesses
National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)
EU Commission Notices on getting ready for changes
Email us at email@example.com with any Brexit related food legislation queries
Last reviewed: 15/9/2021