In the light of the EU transition, the environment in which we operate is changing rapidly, and whilst this is very interesting and dynamic, difficult decisions are having to be made.
The Authority is receiving a lot of expressions of interest and requests for the services of providing Export Health Certificates, from transporters, approved premises and producers.
The Authority is actively seeking to engage the services for a number of additional Certifying Officers, and will review this position in the near future. Unfortunately, the official controls undertaken on imported products, a statutory requirement takes precedence over discretionary services. Therefore, at present the Authority does not have the available number of Certifying Officers, required to meet the demand that is being identified. The position will be reviewed in the February / March, when it is hoped that the position with respect to the staffing, and resource matters will be clearer.