Export certificates

Information on export certificates, what types the council provide, requirements, how much they cost and who to contact to request one.

What is an export certificate?

Food export certificates are required by food manufacturers/exporters who wish to export food to countries outside of the European Community (EC).

What types of export certificate does the council provide? 

The food services team provides food export health certificates for food manufacturers/exporters within the East Riding, who wish to export food to countries outside of the European Community (EC).

These certificates confirm that a specific business complies with all relevant legislation and the food produced is without risk to health. Certificates are only required where foods are exported to countries outside the EC.

What information is required for the export certificate?

Typical information required for the export certificate is as follows:

  • manufacturer
  • minimum durability
  • storage conditions
  • export approval number
  • consignor
  • consignee
  • destination
  • product
  • quantity
  • country of origin
  • date of production
  • packaging
  • batch number (where appropriate).

It must be noted, however, that it is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the destination country's requirements are met. 

How much does an export certificate cost?

The charge is dependent on the officer time required to issue the export certificate. A summary of charges can be viewed in the document below:

Food Services Fees and Charges (pdf 55kb opens in new window)

How long does it take to process an export certificate?

It usually takes three to five days to process the certificate.

Who do I contact to request an export certificate?

You can contact the food services team by: 

Email: food.services@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 396301