The Government has extended the GEFS scheme till December 2023. The aim of the scheme is for those exporters who will be exporting a number of products of animal origin which may be mixed in one consignment. The scheme allows the vendor to be approved by the Official Veterinarian to allow specified products to export to the EU. This process involves either a(F)MRCVS [Member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon] or a Certification Support Officer to produce a Support attestation for the Certifying Officer to complete the Export Health Certification. The Support attestation gives a 30 calendar day confirmation of products of animal origin to be exported to the EU at the point where the Certifying Officer is in attendance. We have been working with our customers for the last 18 months to prepare then for the new world after the transition period.
If you want advice and guidance to use this scheme please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
If you are likely to export products of animal origin you are likely to require an EHC for sending them to the EU from the 1st January 2021.
Export of products of animal origin will involve several team members in your organisation from quality control, logistics, tax managers and customs agents.
The products that will require EHC are defined into categories;
Meat, Fish, Egg, Dairy, Honey, Gelatine and Composite (mixture of the above the categories)
We will then guide you on how the products of animal origin for export. We will assist in reviewing the processes which are involved and provide personnel in the form of either Official Veterinarian or Certification Support Officers.
Once the process and guidance notes have been produced, communicate with your vendors on the action that they need to take. Inform them of what they would need to present to produce a Support attestation when AIO Partners Ltd sends a member of there team to the premises for approval.
A trail will then be conducted in two-stage; a paper trial followed by a physical trial for the vendor and the exporting company to see what the whole process will be like once the GEFS becomes live.
When your Certifying Officer needs to complete an export health certificate, this can be a challenge if you have multiple product lines, each product having a different animal health or public health condition on the certificate. We have created a software package that allows the vet to have this process automated and prints schedules with pre-populated information on them. The data can be captured by using the same software if the vet or certification support officer completes the web-based documentation online. This data will be captured in real-time so that the exporter can see which products by which manufacturers have valid support attestations. The products allow the exporter to assist the certifying officer in being confident that the Products of Animal Origin are being exported with the correct information. It also will enable audits for information to be done quickly and through secure severs ensures that the data is stored as per required in the Groupage Export Facilitation Scheme.