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Imports and Exports

This page provides information and guidance on importing and exporting live honey and bumble bees.
For guidance on other products of bee origin, please see:

The UK has left the EU, new rules from January 2021

The UK has left the EU, new rules from January 2021

The ‘Guidance Notes for Importers’ provides details on what you need to do to comply with the legislation and health certification requirements if you wish to import live bees after 31 December 2020.

You may also find it useful to refer to guidance on and the Border Operating Model, which provides information on the new processes.

For movements both ways between Northern Ireland and GB, guidance may be found in the Northern Ireland Protocol.

If you are planning to import or export bees it is your responsibility to follow these new rules and protect GB biosecurity. General Guidance on changes for businesses and citizens may be found at

Once negotiations with the EU have concluded, BeeBase pages and the guidance will be further updated as required.

Last Changed - 21/12/2020