Exporting Beef Fat to South Africa



I’m trying to find out about exporting Beef Fat to South Africa. I have the information from the APHA but I’m unsure if beef fat is classed as a recognisable beef cut/offal.


You could try speaking to the South African Embassy in London.


Hi Regina

Thank you so much for your enquiry. I have been speaking to the very helpful team at the the APHA Centre for International Trade Carlisle who you may wish to call to discuss your consignment in more detail.

We think your enquiry may be referring to Export Health Certificate 7278, if you would like to see a specimen copy of it please go to: http://www.ukecp.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/7278EHC.pdf and also see Notes for Guidance on its use here: http://www.ukecp.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/7278NFG.pdf

Without further information it is difficult to know for sure but it seems unlikely beef fat would fall under the scope of this certificate as there are no references to fat within it. Our advice would be for you to seek advice from your importer and to try to obtain an Import Permit from South Africa. This will make the next steps clearer. the APHA Centre for International Trade Carlisle will then be able to discuss these with you which could include amending the existing certificate or drafting a new one. These processes can be lengthy. UK Trade and Investment South Africa (https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/uk-trade-investment-south-africa) also offer many services to exporters. .

APHA Centre for International Trade contact details:General enquiries email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01228 403 600

I hope this goes some way to helping you and the best of luck in your endeavours


Hi Regina,

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be viewed on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk by typing ‘Notice 275’ in the search box and selecting the following links from the search results: > Notice 275 “Customs export procedures” a guide to UK export procedures using the National Export System.

Further detailed information regarding exporting goods outside the EU can be found by using the following link https://www.gov.uk/exporting-goods-from-the-eu-to-a-third-country-outside-the-eu

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

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