Exporting food


If you have a food business and want to sell your produce abroad, first you need to register your business with us. You may also be required to have a food export health certificate.

Important update

From 21 August 2020, applications for the 131 most commonly used Export Health Certificates including live crab/lobster exports to China must be submitted and certified online to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) www.gov.uk/export-health-certificates . EHC Online replaces the current manual application process, allowing certificates to be sent to you automatically for certification.

For help registering for EHC Online or to ask operational or technical questions relating to an EHC application, please call APHA on 03000 200 301.


Food export certificate (fishery products only) – Hong Kong £45
Food export certificate (fishery products only) – China £68
Food export certificate EU countries £68
Food export certificate Canada £68
Duplicate certificate Hong Kong £45
Duplicate certificate China/Canada/EU £68 
Cancel and replace certificate £68

If we have to re-issue a certificate the original fee will need to be paid again.

New businesses apply for a food export health certificate

Contact the embassy or consulate of the country you want to export to and they'll tell you the information needed for a certificate to be issued. 

Email this information to using our food safety advice form.

We'll then inspect your business to verify the food produced complies with UK legislation and we may make additional checks, depending on the wording required on the certificate.

Further information about exporting goods is available at GOV.UK.

Existing business apply for a food export health certificate

Request an export certificate >

We will endeavour to process export certificates the same day if request received before 10.30am.