New livestock export rules from GB to EU & NI from 1 January 2021

Agricultural Policy Trawiadau: 139

From 1 January 2021 the UK will have left the EU, and depending on the outcome of current negotiations, the UK will likely be trading on third country terms. This means new rules for live animals entering the EU will apply.

From 1 January 2021 the two-letter ISO country code of ‘GB’ will have to be used to identify livestock exported to EU Member States. This will mean an additional tag which includes the country code GB and the animal’s individual ID number will need to be applied prior to export.

As an alternative for newborn animals that are not yet identified or lambs with slaughter tags, UK tags with a GB suffix could be applied. These are tags which bear UK plus the individual number as well as GB printed on them.

Further details of the tags can be found here.