Angling Trust Advice Note: Taking fishing bait into the EU

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The Angling Trust has issued advice to anglers planning to fish in Europe on taking fishing bait abroad in the wake of Brexit.

The decision to leave the European Union on 31st December 2020 has impacted on the movement of people and goods from Britain into the EU including anglers wanting to take their own bait with them on holiday.

Unfortunately, baits such as boilies contain sufficient fish, animal or plant products to require them to have a European Health Certificate. The process of obtaining this certification is time consuming and costly so we have examined ways by which anglers can get the bait they need to have an enjoyable and productive fishing trip.

The Problem

The guidance from the Animal Plant Health Agency (part of DEFRA) makes clear that anglers taking bait made from animal or plant products would be classed as exporters to the European Union even if the bait was for personal use. Under EU rules it is therefore the responsibility of the angler to ensure relevant certification is completed as opposed to the manufacturer. The determining authority as to whether any certification is required and what volumes would be allowed is the Border Control Post (BCP) at your point of entry into the EU.

Should certification be required by the BCP this will involve completing a European Health Certificate which can be found here and certified by an Official Vet in the UK which will come at a cost. Unless you are considering taking large quantities of bait for use by a number of anglers we would not recommend seeking certification.

Should you decide to opt for certification we would strongly recommend that you contact the relevant BCP prior to travel for advice and that you record the name and details of the officer that advises you.

Exemptions

We have reproduced the relevant regulation in full below and you can see that they allow for a sealed packet of bait weighing up to 2 kilos to be brought in per person. Therefore an angler travelling with non-fishing guests or family members may be able to take sufficient bait for a short trip. However, this is unlikely to solve the problem for most fishing holidays. We would recommend that you print a copy of this and take it with you to show BCP officials should you be stopped and inspected in the event that they are not aware of this exemption.

Solutions

The major bait companies are alive to the problem and some have now set up distribution centres in the EU so that they can export in bulk to offset certification costs. You can therefore contact these manufacturers for details of how you can purchase and collect your bait once you have arrived in the EU.

We recommend that prior to travel you contact your bait manufacturer to see if they have retail / distribution centres in the EU that you can pre-order and pick up on your way to your venue. Alternatively, they may offer a delivery service.

Some of the more popular fisheries also provide a bait service so another option would be to contact the fishery you are visiting to see if they can pre-order bait for you when you arrive.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this Advice Note if anything changes.

Copy of relevant regulation allowing for a sealed packet of bait weighing up to 2 kilos to be taken into the EU:

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2122


The introduction of meat and meat products, milk and dairy products is prohibited. Only products of animal origin, compounds, derivatives of animal by-products, plants, plant products and other objects that are part of the personal luggage of passengers and are intended for personal consumption or use will be exempt from official controls at border control posts if they belong to at least one of the following categories:

a) Provided that their combined weight does not exceed 2 kg: Powdered milk and infant foods, special foods necessary for medical reasons, provided that they do not need to be refrigerated before opening, are commercially packaged and intended for direct sale to the consumer and are in intact packaging (unless they are being consumed). Pet food necessary for health reasons, provided that it is intended to be consumed by the animal that accompanies the passenger, long-lasting and commercial brand packaged and intended for direct sale to the consumer, and is in intact packaging (except if they are being consumed)

b) Fresh gutted fish products, prepared products or processed fish products, if their combined weight does not exceed 20 kg or, if it is greater than that limit, the weight of a fish

c) Goods not listed in a) and b) or in part 2 of Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2019/2122, if their combined weight does not exceed 2 kg

d) Fishery products from the Faroe Islands or Greenland

e) Goods, other than planting vegetables and fishery products, from the Faroe Islands or Greenland, if their combined weight does not exceed 10 kg

See Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2122 for animals and goods exempted from official controls at border control posts, specific controls on passengers’ personal luggage and on small consignments of goods sent to natural persons which are not intended to be placed on the market.

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Nunachuk

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Thank Fook, that I live in Germany and have the choice to order my groundbaits online, or can buy them in Holland, what a blöödy palaver for you UK Guys coming over to mainland Europe to fish!
 

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A lot of bait, groundbait especially, is made in the eu, and is a lot cheaper in the eu, even when we were members. Makes sense to buy it there.
 

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There was an example on the internet of a group of Carp anglers, halted at Calais by french customs

who had thier bait, feed and boilies seized upon inspection, which also resulted in a heavy fine for the anglers
 

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What did anybody expect from Brexit? Non conformance with EU rules means no access. Not a difficult concept and it was agreed by the UK government.
 

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It works both ways though - no more Guinness imports ;)
 

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What did anybody expect from Brexit? Non conformance with EU rules means no access. Not a difficult concept and it was agreed by the UK government.
Whether it is or isnt, a consequence of leaving Europe, its still a bit petty, especially if the goods are packed in EU compliant ingredient bags, as most still are

though it also happens to groundbaits sent to Australia, so it is not just a Euro thing
 

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I much prefer Kilkenny myself but not something I've seen in the UK
 

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Whether it is or isnt, a consequence of leaving Europe, its still a bit petty, especially if the goods are packed in EU compliant ingredient bags, as most still are

though it also happens to groundbaits sent to Australia, so it is not just a Euro thing

UK government have consistently refused to align with EU regulations and have said they will diaviate. I agree it is a pity. There is a simple solution where we can enjoy each others sausages and use bait anywhere but the UK seem determined to break all EU links. C'est la vie. The consequences of the UK decision are clear
 

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UK government have consistently refused to align with EU regulations and have said they will diaviate. I agree it is a pity. There is a simple solution where we can enjoy each others sausages and use bait anywhere but the UK seem determined to break all EU links. C'est la vie. The consequences of the UK decision are clear
If the EU gets any more ruthless cutting the Irish fishing rights, they'll insist you'll have to record your catches of bream and hybrids as part of the quota, and then force you to vacate your swim for a dutchman :ROFLMAO:

Europe is being strangled by increasingly stringent EU regulations - why would we want to align with that?! So we can take our bait abroad? I don't think so.

The UK is the largest coarse fishing market in Europe. If the EU want to put barriers to stop the likes of France and Ireland tapping into our coarse fishing market then that's their prerogative and your problem: there's nothing you or your country can do about it, but at least there is something the UK angler can do... fish elsewhere.
 

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As an animal feed company (primarily equine) we have found the new rules on export to Europe to be a minefield, we now employ a specialist company a not insignificant cost to undertake all our paperwork as the interpretation of the rules can be quiet flexible by individual countries.

We’ve stopped shipping to Europe via France because the French authorities are by far the worst - it’s almost a case of if they can cause delay and confusion they will on a whim. We now advise all our European customers to ship via Belgium.

Unsurprisingly even our french customers are choosing to ship via Belgium as once on European soil the French don’t care whats coming from where and there are zero delays.

If you think getting bait into France is a faff you should try getting a few hundred kilos of Canadian Oats into Southern Ireland for a logistical headache of gigantic proportions - what? a product of non-european origin that came into Britain and is then travelling from the UK? But no fill out many many many bits of paper more than we used to :mad:
 

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As an animal feed company (primarily equine) we have found the new rules on export to Europe to be a minefield, we now employ a specialist company a not insignificant cost to undertake all our paperwork as the interpretation of the rules can be quiet flexible by individual countries.

We’ve stopped shipping to Europe via France because the French authorities are by far the worst - it’s almost a case of if they can cause delay and confusion they will on a whim. We now advise all our European customers to ship via Belgium.

Unsurprisingly even our french customers are choosing to ship via Belgium as once on European soil the French don’t care whats coming from where and there are zero delays.

If you think getting bait into France is a faff you should try getting a few hundred kilos of Canadian Oats into Southern Ireland for a logistical headache of gigantic proportions - what? a product of non-european origin that came into Britain and is then travelling from the UK? But no fill out many many many bits of paper more than we used to :mad:
Making a killing out of it 😉

I do believe I posted a warning about anglers going abroad some time ago. 😒
 

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Has anyone ever been stopped at Dublin Port or Dun Laoghaire over the years and been checked for carrying maggots? Nah, me neither.
 

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UK government have consistently refused to align with EU regulations and have said they will diaviate. I agree it is a pity. There is a simple solution where we can enjoy each others sausages and use bait anywhere but the UK seem determined to break all EU links. C'est la vie. The consequences of the UK decision are clear
It does make you wonder whether the present government of the Uk, merely just signed the conditions of leaving the EU, just to get brexit done in time for an election,
 
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