Exporting sheep milk products abroad


We are relatively new start up business looking for opportunities outside of the UK market. I would be most grateful for feedback on how best to go about this and in particular the exporting of cheese both Sheep and Organic Cow Cheese.


Dear David

It’s great that your business is thinking about exporting. We can appreciate that there’s a number of things to consider and to help with the process, please see our handy guide when exporting food and drink (outside the EU): http://opentoexport.com/article/starting-to-export-agri-food-and-drink-to-outside-the-eu/

The guide aims to:

1. Show you where to seek advice if you are starting to export agri-food and drink outside the EU.
2. Give you an outline of the steps you might need to take and the paperwork you may need to acquire and why.

Please be aware that it’s best to find out the importing requirements of any particular country you wish to export to.

UK Trade & Investment offer a range of support and advice for companies looking to start exporting, including the ‘Passport to Export’ scheme and a constantly updated list of current export opportunities. You can find out about the UKTI offer here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-trade-and-investment-services-for-exporters

If your main target market is within the EU, the conditions of trade in most products of animal origin between EU countries are harmonised and set out in EU legislation. This means that, regardless of whether a product is destined for the UK market or another EU Member State, certain basic trade requirements have to be met. Please contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency. Their Specialist Service Centre for Exports in Carlisle is responsible for providing advice on export related questions and providing certificates. Please contact them direct: Hadrian House, Wavell Drive, Carlisle, CA1 2TB, Telephone: 01228 403600, Email:

We wish you the best of luck with exporting.


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