Exporting chicken feet to China


Good Morning

I am interested in exporting chicken feet to China and am trying to find out if there are agreements in place between the UK and China supporting this?

Any help is appreciated!

Warm regards

Andy Westmore


Thanks for your question Andy – I hope you receive useful advice in the next day or two.

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Best wishes,



Hi Andy

Interesting question. Chicken feet is a delicacy with the Chinese and is widely eaten in the local Chinese restaurants here in the UK as well.

I don’t think that this is not a greatly regulated issues. You probably need some advice from HMRC as to what they are classed as in terms of HS codes. The only other thought I have is that due to the distance, you would have to freeze them and even in the Far East, chicken feet is considered cheap food.

Have you found a distributor? If you need any more help, let me know. Sorry if it doesn’t answer your question directly!




Dear Andy,

The International Meat Trade Association works closely with the UK authorities in opening markets for exports of UK poultrymeat, pork, lamb and beef.

In order to export there are specific conditions that must be met. You will find details about these requirements on our website:

Currently the UK is not approved to export chicken feet directly to China. We are working with Defra and The Food Standards Agency on getting approval which will require inspections of UK poultrymeat slaughterhouses as part of the approval process.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch:
[email protected]

Warm regards,

Katie Doherty
Policy & Development Executive

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