Re-import of animal by-products


Re-import of ABPs

Legislation covering the re-import of consignments of Animal By-products (ABP) and derived products – processed animal by-products (DPs) – can be found in Reg.(EU) 2020/797. Note: All references to EU legislation refer to the legislation as retained in and amended by UK law.

These notes cover the return of animal by-products and derived products only. Information on the re-import of products of animal origin and composite products for human consumption can be found here.

Different types of re-import:

  • If the consignment is being returned because it was officially refused entry into the third country then retained EU legislation on re-imports must be followed.
  • If the consignment is being returned for commercial reasons (e.g. re-called by GB supplier, or refused by third country importer for commercial reasons on arrival), the importer must apply to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) for an import authorisation and comply with all the terms of that authorisation if one is issued.
  • If the consignment was not refused on arrival in the third country but a later decision has been made after a period of storage to return some or all of the original consignment for commercial reasons, e.g. excess stock, the consignment will be treated as an import from the third country concerned and normal import requirements must be met.


Three scenarios for the re-import of ABP/DPs are detailed in Reg.(EU) 2020/797.

The legislation imposes different requirements on the re-import of bulk or unpackaged consignments depending on whether the third country from which it is being returned is or is not listed as a third country anywhere (regardless of product type) in Reg.(EU) 142/2011 Annex XIV Chapter I Section 1 Table 1 or Chapter II Section 1 Table 2.

Section 1: Unpackaged or bulk consignments refused entry by a third country which is not listed in Annex XIV

These can be returned only if they remained in their original export container and the export seal must still be intact. If you are re-importing such ABP/DPs you will need to discuss the matter with APHA Centre for International Trade Centre for International Trade. Email:   Telephone: 03000 200 301

Please see detailed requirements at point 5.1 of Import Information Note (IIN) RPTC/1

Section 2: Unpackaged or bulk consignments refused entry by a third country which is listed in Annex XIV.

These can have been unloaded from their original export container in the third country. If you are re-importing such ABP/DPs you will need to discuss the matter with APHA Centre for International Trade Centre for International Trade. Email: Telephone: 03000 200 301

Please see detailed requirements at point 5.2 of Import Information Note (IIN) RPTC/1

 Section 3: Packaged products.

Note that only unopened packages are permitted. Further details on the re-import of packaged ABPs is provided below and can also be found at point 5.3 of Import Information Note (IIN) RPTC/1

Requirements for re-import of packaged ABP/DPs officially refused by a third country


A CHED declaring the goods for re-import is required.

The following documents are required along with the CHED:

  • A copy of the export invoice, packing list and bill of lading that accompanied the consignment on export
  • A copy of the import invoice (if any), packing list (if any) and bill of lading accompanying the consignment on its return.
  • A copy of any surveyors report, any rejection notice or other relevant document

The original health certificate used for the export, or an original copy authenticated by the competent authority in GB that issued it is required.

If no health certificate was issued then other evidence will need to be provided confirming the origin of the consignment, including details of the premises of dispatch.


An official declaration of the competent authority or other public authority of the third country giving reasons for refusal + required animal health assurances is required.

The official declaration must:

  • State the reason for the refusal of entry, and, except in cases where original seal applied in GB prior to export remains intact at re-import.
  • confirm that:

i. the products have not been subjected to any handling other than unloading, storage and re-loading;

ii. the products were handled at the required temperature for the relevant types of goods. (This wording is not essential if goods are ambient stable).


A declaration from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is required to confirm they agree to the consignment being delivered to the GB premises declared on the CHED.

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All consignments will have at least an identity check.

Only unopened packages are permitted to be re-imported.


If all the checks are satisfactory then the CHED will be signed off to indicate it is a re-import and the goods must travel directly to the delivery address declared on the CHED.


The consignment must be monitored (“channelled”) from the BCP to the delivery address detailed on the CHED, in accordance with Reg.(EU) 2019/1666

The consignment must be delivered only to the delivery address detailed on the CHED and must arrive there within 15 days of release.


On arrival at destination, the person in charge of the delivery address must report the safe arrival of the consignment to APHA or the relevant authority in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Contact details are:

Requirements for re-imports refused for commercial reasons

CHED and commercial documents as per points 1 & 2 above are required along with an authorisation from APHA.

The requirements of the authorisation must be followed.

An identity check is required.