Exporting Cheese to Libya

Question posted by Jane Stewart, on behalf of Hannah Food Service in WN8

We are looking at exporting our cheese from the UK to Libya and are finding it confusing understanding what paperwork is required.

Does we need a Health Certificate, Certificate of Origin etc?

Thank you

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Ian James, on behalf of i2i Infinity Limited in BA4.

Hi Jane,

I believe that you will require a health certificate for food exports and it would usually be your local council that can supply these.

For the Certificate of Origin I would suggest you take guidance from your customer or import agent abroad as to whether one is required. You can easily apply online via www.e-zcert.com using your local Chamber of Commerce. If you don't already have a relationship with your local Chamber then they will require you to complete a Formal Undertaking document and provide supporting evidence (e.g. an invoice and manufacturer details, if not yourself) for each application for a certified document.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,
Ian James.

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Hi,

Just to add to Ian response...

Certificate of Origin:

An Arab-British Certificate of Origin is generally required, however you will need to check with the importer (an EC Certificate of Origin might be sufficient).

Other Certificates:

Foodstuffs must be accompanied by a Health Certificate (which you’ll get from DEFRA: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animal-trade/exports-non-eu/) and exports of milk and milk products to non-EU countries must be accompanied by a Declaration Origin (Dioxin) issued by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in the UK.

The above certificates may require certification by the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and legalisation by the Libyan Embassy — again, check your contract terms. If required this can be arranged through your local Chambers of Commerce.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,

Ben

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Howard Marsh, on behalf of Descartes in SO40.

Hi Jane

You may find utilising an expert logistics provider useful in these circumstances. One such company that I am aware of is Reefer 90`s - aka - Reefer Distribution Services Ltd 01787 882344 they specialise in food especially dairy products to Africa and other regions. Ask for Katy and mention my name.
Howard

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

Further detailed information regarding exporting goods outside the EU can be found on our website by using the following link:

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageImport_ShowContent&propertyType=document&resetCT=true&id=HMCE_PROD1_032667

You may find the Export Best Practice Guide particularly helpful.

I would suggest that you contact D.E.F.R.A. (Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs) as they have overall responsibility for the importation / Exportation of food and food products.

They can be contacted by E-mail at helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk, by fax on +44 (0)20 7238 2188, or by telephone on +44 (0)20 7238 6951

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise
www.hmrc.gov.uk/contactus

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Ryan Beck, on behalf of BF Projects Limited in BT3.

Hi Jane

My name is Ryan from BF Projects in Belfast, if you need any help with shipping your product in Reefer containers please let me know.

We are a freight forwarding company and can help with all shipping requirements

You can contact me on

02890 371144 or Ryan@bfprojects.co.uk

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