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Protection of registered Geographical Indications without a Brexit deal

In the case of UK leave of EU, there will be no agreement in place for mutual recognition - protection of registered Geographical Indications. Hence, the UK protection of the Cypriot names registered in the European PDOs / PGIs / TSGs Register and the protection of British PDOs / PGIs / TSGs in all EU countries is no longer in force. The UK will now be treated as a Third Country. The EU concludes bilateral trade agreements with Third Countries, which also provide mutual recognition and protection of Geographical Indications as intellectual property rights. The conclusion of such agreements is time consuming. However, since the current UK Geographical Indication legislation has so far been harmonized with existing Community legislation, such an agreement is likely to be concluded within a shorter period of time.

Find out more about at:

http://www.moa.gov.cy/moa/da/da.nsf/All/AA20E54A662074B3C22583C30043E3E8

 

 

Imports and Exports of Plants and Plant Products from and the United Kingdom

In the event that the United Kingdom (UK) becomes a third country from 30 March 2019, and in the absence of an Agreement that will detail these procedures, the strict European Union rules on plant health and quality controls on consignments of plants and plant products (including fresh fruit and vegetables, wood, wooden packaging means, cut flowers, seeds, etc.) will apply to the UK as for any other Third Country.

To this end, if there is interest in exporting plants and plant products to the United Kingdom then the person concerned should inform the Department of Agriculture in advance in order to organize the necessary quality and phytosanitary controls. Subsequently, the Department of Agriculture will issue phytosanitary and other certificates, where applicable, that must accompany the consignment to the UK. The person concerned is obligated to pay specific fees in accordance with the current national legislations.

It must be noted that fresh fruit and vegetables will be governed by the International Marketing Standard (UN / ECE standards).

If there is an interest in importing plants and plant products from the UK then the interested party should inform the Department of Agriculture in advance of this intention through the TRACES electronic system. The Department of Agriculture will carry out a document check and upon arrival of the consignment, an identity check and a physical check. If it deems necessary, the Department of Agriculture will take sample for laboratory analysis. The person concerned is obligated to pay specific fees in accordance with the current national legislations.

Should you require any further information on the above please do not hesitate the Department of Agriculture at the email address: inspection@da.moa.gov.cy.

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http://www.moa.gov.cy/moa/da/da.nsf/All/AA20E54A662074B3C22583C30043E3E8

 

 

Veterinary Issues

  1. In case a Brexit deal is achieved:

Τhe current regime will continue to apply until 31/12/2020.

  1. In case of no Brexit deal:
  1. CONSIGNMENTS DESTINED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM (UK)

There will be no change of the current status as regards sanitary terms, requirements and controls in place governing the import controls of live animals and animal products exported from the Republic of Cyprus to the UK.

The relevant certificate which is imperative to accompany each consignment, irrelevant to whether this refers to animals or animal products, must be signed and ratified by the Official Veterinarian of the Republic of Cyprus’ Veterinary Services.

This is necessary, as the UK will no longer have access to the EU’s TRACES system (Trade Control and Expert System), where the relevant certificates are being registered.

  1. CONSIGNMENTS EXITING THE UK FOR THE EU

The consignments of animal and animal products which will be exported from the UK to the Republic of Cyprus will originate from a third, to the EU, country.

As a result, all these consignments will be subjected to the relevant veterinary checks at the Border Inspection Posts of Larnaca airport and Limassol port, respectively and must be accompanied by the relevant Veterinary Health Certificate which will be assigned by the EU.

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets which will be transported under the provisions of the EU companion animal Regulation will be checked by an Official Veterinarian at the defined points of entry.

More detailed information can be found at the Cyprus Veterinary Services website  as well as in the 23 official languages of the EU at the European Commission’s DG SANTE’s website.  

 

 

Feedingstuffs

In case of a no-deal Brexit

 

In the case that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, the UK will be considered as a Third Country. On the basis of The Feed and Feed Additives (Control of Quality, Supply and Use) Laws of 1993 to 2001 and the relevant Regulations anyone wishing to import into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus Feedingstuffs from the UK, should first apply to the Department of Agriculture for approval of importation of feedingstuffs. The application must be accompanied by:

 

  1. invoice or its copy with the types and quantities of feedingstuffs,
  2. copy of the label of feedstuff  which includes  all compulsory  or optional declarations according to the legislation,
  3. results of laboratory tests for undesirable substances, etc. depending on the material
  4. Receipt of payment of a 2 ‰ fee on invoice CIF price (Cost, Insurance, Freight).

 
Import approval is required in all cases, even in the case of a sample of any material to be used for trial or experimental purposes.
It should be noted that the holder of authorization of feed additives should have a representative in a Member State of the EU.

 

Find out more about at:

http://www.moa.gov.cy/moa/da/da.nsf/All/AA20E54A662074B3C22583C30043E3E8

 

 

Trade in organic products without a Brexit deal

In the case of a no-deal Brexit, no legislation or agreement on trade in organic products between the EU and the UK will be in force. The UK will now be treated as a Third Country. This implies the amendment of the existing EU Regulations in order to include the UK and the UK control bodies in the field of organic production in the relevant Third Country lists (Annexes III and IV of Regulation (EC) 1235 / 2008 respectively).

Find out more at:

http://www.moa.gov.cy/moa/da/da.nsf/All/AA20E54A662074B3C22583C30043E3E8

 

 

Trade of Timber and Timber Products

Cyprus as an EU Member State and based on the Regulations for Timber and Timber Products, is required to control and prevent the placement of illegally harvested timber and timber products in the Community Market.

Therefore, the Department of Forests is implementing a Plan to conduct checks on operators who place timber and timber products for the first time in the Cypriot Market coming from third countries.

In the case of an agreed withdrawal of the UK from the Union, the EU and UK legislation establishing the regime that prohibits the placing of illegally harvested timber on the market and establishing a licensing scheme to improve the supply of legally harvested timber, will continue to apply until the end of the transition period, that is the end of 2020.

In the case of the UK exiting EU without an agreement, no legislation or agreement governing trade of Timber and Timber Products between the EU and the UK will be in force. The UK will be treated as a Third Country and the provisions of the EU applicable regulations for Third Countries will apply also for UK.

 

Biocides

In the case of the no-deal Brexit

Concerning the legislation on biocidal products, it is foreseen that the authorisation holder is established within the Union. Therefore, any authorised biocidal product with a UK-based company as authorisation holder, an application for the transfer of the authorisation holder shall be submitted. This process will have to be completed by the exit date.

 

Find out more about at:

http://www.moa.gov.cy/moa/da/da.nsf/All/AA20E54A662074B3C22583C30043E3E8

 

 

Transportation of flora and fauna to and from the UK

  • Transportation to and from the UK of exotic flora and fauna (and their derivatives), including pets (CITES Convention, the EU regulation for Invasive Alien Species (IAS), EU regulations on trade in wild fauna and flora) – Non-commercial use

In case of repatriation to the UK or in case you wish to visit the UK temporarily, accompanied by your exotic pet, please contact, as soon as possible (at least 2 weeks prior to your trip) the Environment Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, at the following contacts:

  1. Despo Zavrou

Τel. +35722408912,  Email: dzavrou@environment.moa.gov.cy

  1. Yiannis Christodoulides

Τel. +35722408915, Email: ychristodoulides@environment.moa.gov.cy

  1. Elena Erotokritou

Τel. +35722408921,  Email: eerotokritou@environment.moa.gov.cy

  1. Margarita Hadjistylli (IAS)

 

  • Commercial activities to and from the UK of exotic species of flora and fauna (and their derivatives), relating to the CITES Convention and EU regulations on Invasive Alien Species and on trade in wild fauna and flora)-commercial use

Please contact the Department of Environment for further information.

  1. Despo Zavrou

Τel. +35722408912,  Email: dzavrou@environment.moa.gov.cy

  1. Yiannis Christodoulides

Τel. +35722408915, Email: ychristodoulides@environment.moa.gov.cy

  1. Elena Erotokritou

Τel. +35722408921,  Email: eerotokritou@environment.moa.gov.cy

  1. Margarita Hadjistylli (IAS)

Τel. +35725802719 Email: mhadjistylli@environment.moa.gov.cy

 

 

Changes on Transfrontier Shipments of Wastes

Withdrawal of the UK from the Union with a deal

In the event that an agreed exit from the UK is finally reached, a transitional period will be implemented until 31/12/2020, and can be extended to 1-2 further years, during which EU legislation will continue to apply in the United Kingdom.

Consequently, for transfrontier shipments of waste from Cyprus to the United Kingdom, the provisions of European Regulation 1013/2006/EC will continue to apply as now.

If any EU-UK agreements are agreed during the transitional period, they will be also be adopted by the Republic of Cyprus as an EU Member State.

 

No-Deal Brexit

In the event that no agreement has been reached with the EU until 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will automatically be considered a third country which will still be part of the Basel Convention and a country member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

According to Article 34 of the European Regulation 1013/2006/EC all exports of wastes from the European Community destined for disposal operations to other than those (Iceland, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein) of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), are prohibited.

As a result, since the United Kingdom is not an EFTA country and will no longer be a member state of the EU, from 30 March 2019, in the event of an abusive UK exit from the EU, any export of waste from Cyprus to the United Kingdom for Disposal will be prohibited.

For Recovery (R), it will continue to apply as it did before, since the United Kingdom will cease to be a member of the EU but is still a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Relevant guidelines have been issued by the EU.

Please contact the Department of the Environment for further information:

Demetris Demetriou (Tel. 25802713, Email: ddemetriou@environment.moa.gov.cy)