Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Standards EU Exit Guidance

last updated:  2/9/19 

While it is the intention of the UK Government to leave the EU with a deal, it is the responsibility of the UK and Scottish Governments to prepare for the possibility of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal some of the import and export processes for fresh fruit and vegetables that are subject to marketing standards will change.

There will be no changes to the process of importing and exporting fresh fruit and vegetables with non-EU third countries in a no-deal scenario.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal the EU will become a third country for the purposes of trade with the UK. To help facilitate the efficient import of produce from the EU into the UK, importers will not be required to apply for a UK-issued certificate of conformity ahead of arriving in the UK. There will be increased inland inspections of produce to ensure that the quality of produce is maintained. Exporters from Scotland to the EU will be required to apply for a UK-issued certificate of conformity for produce covered by the Specific Marketing Standards which can be obtained by contacting the SASA’s Horticulture and Marketing Unit on hort.marketing@gov.scot. It is advised that Scottish exporters also contact the appropriate authority in the final destination of their exported produce to obtain a EU-issued certificate of conformity.

For further information the UK Government have issued a guidance note for fruit and vegetable importers, packers, distributors and retailers on the changes to the marketing standards if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.