USDA Gives Details of New Dairy Export Certificates for Dairy Consignments to Great Britain

October 18, 2021

On September 30, 2021, new dairy export certificates were implemented for U.S. dairy and dairy composite product exports destined for Great Britain (GB) (including England, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands). Meanwhile, U.S. dairy exports destined for Northern Ireland will continue to use European Union (EU) dairy certificates. If a dairy consignment is imported to GB with onward movement of the dairy products to Northern Ireland or any other country, a new GB-issued export certificate will be required. The new GB dairy certificate is available in the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Agriculture Trade Licensing & Attestation Solution (ATLAS) web-based software.


On January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) completed its departure from the EU. The UK’s full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, where Great Britain includes the developed nations of England, Wales and Scotland and their islands. For the purposes of international trade, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are in the same Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) zone as Great Britain. However, Northern Ireland remains in the same SPS zone as the EU.

To minimize trade disruptions, UK authorities allowed a transitional period during which exporters may continue using existing EU export certificates to deliver dairy and dairy composite products to the UK market. However, as of September 30, 2021, new GB dairy export certificates have been implemented for U.S. dairy and dairy composite product exports destined for GB.

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