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Export Health Certificates

Applying for the first time

Use this service to apply for an export health certificate (EHC) for the first time.

You’ll need to pay £251 to apply for an EHC for the first time.

Before you get started

To apply for an EHC for the first time, you’ll need to email our Food and Safety Team on You’ll need to include:

  • the name of your business
  • a description of the product you’re going to export
  • where you’re exporting your products to
  • when you will be exporting the products

For other ways to contact the Food and Safety Team, you can visit our contact us page.

What happens next

Once you’ve contacted the Food and Safety Team, we’ll send you an application form .

Once you’ve completed your form, you’ll need to make a payment before we can process your application.

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