As announced in our previous article following Brexit, the UK has been in a transition period and has continued to follow EU rules. The transition period will end on the 31st December 2020, and with no final confirmation of a Brexit deal or Free Trade Agreement (FTA), some uncertainty remains around organic trading and labelling arrangement after 2020. Ecocert will keep you informed. Find out the latest news : Recognition until 31st of December 2021
To ensure a smooth transition process, UK will recognise the EU as equivalent for the purpose of trade in organics until 31st of December 2021. This means that the UK will continue to recognise products from the EU, but also from all 13 EU approved third countries (Annex III) and from other third countries where certifiers are approved (Annex IV) under EC 1235/2008 scope. Agreements between 13 EU approved third countries and the UK are currently being negotiated by the UK government.
Regarding exports to the UK:
From January 1st 2021, exports of organic products to all parts of the UK other than Northern Ireland (=England, Wales and Scotland), will require an interim paper-based Certificate of Inspection (CoI). An electronic system will be developed by UK authorities to replace this interim system. For exports to Northern Ireland, a COI will still be issued on the EU TRACES NT system.
Main changes regarding imports from the UK:
If equivalency between the UK and EU is not established by the end of 2020, UK certifiers must obtain European Commission (EC) approval under regulation EC1235/2008. Several UK certifiers have applied to extend existing EC1235/2008 approval to include the UK in their scope in Annex IV.
A Certificate of Inspection (CoI) issued in TRACES NT and signed by the Certifier of a British supplier, must accompany all imports of organic product from the UK into the EU (but not for goods from Northern Ireland to EU). Failure to do so will result in your organic goods losing status. In case you have never imported organic products from Third Countries, your activity has to be declared as importer to your certification body and the company must be registered and valid as ‘organic importer’ on TRACES NT.
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