Notice to Traders 67/21 – Import Quota for Frozen Beef and Veal (GATT)



This notice explains how the rules are applied to this quota and how to apply for a license. It also informs you of the amount of quota available in the September 2021 quota request window. The content of this notice is only a guide.


The remaining additional quantity which may be imported under this scheme is 6 697 879 kg of frozen beef (expressed as boneless meat), falling within CN codes 0202 and 0206 2991, which must be frozen at an internal temperature of -12 ° C or less. . The common customs tariff applicable to this quota is 20% ad valorem.

For the purposes of this quota, 100 kg of bone-in meat is equivalent to 77 kg of boneless meat.

This quota will be managed through the issuance of import licenses.

Proof of trade

If this is your first request in the quota year, you will need to provide proof that you imported at least 25 tonnes of frozen beef during the 12 month period ending March 31, 2021 (from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021).

In addition to the above, you must be established and registered for VAT in the UK. You must provide us with a copy of your valid VAT registration certificate.

The proof we need will be:

  • A list of license numbers (if the license was issued in electronic format) and the quantities used.
  • Copies of C88 documents, stamped and signed by customs as true and certified (if the license was issued in paper format or if the goods are not subject to a license).

To note: If you are registered in a group, you must provide an up-to-date VAT certificate that lists each company in the group.


To give us the maximum time possible to resolve any issues, please submit your evidence documents and your GATT evidence log as soon as possible. This will allow us to verify that the quantities are correct before submitting your license application between September 1 and September 7, 2021.

Reference quantity:

You will also need to provide proof of your reference quantity which will determine the quota you can request during the quota year. Imports under the following CN codes may be eligible for your reference quantity: 02010000, 02020000, 02061095 and 02062991. Imports must take place during the 12 month period from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

For proof of trade and reference quantity we will need to see:

  • Customs clearance documents for all paper licenses, or if the product was imported without a license. Each proof must be marked with a reference to the previous licenses issued; and
  • A copy of your current VAT certificate.

To note: If you are registered in a group, you must provide an up-to-date VAT certificate that lists each company in the group.

Worksheet for proof of trade and reference quantity

You will find a copy of the worksheets for the collation of the proofs with this leaflet. You can also contact the Imports team at the support phone number listed below.

You have to:

  • List the license numbers and assignments on the GATT spreadsheets that have been provided;
  • Make sure the spreadsheets clearly show your merchant name and RPA merchant registration number, so that we can link them to your application form;
  • Email the spreadsheets to [email protected] (a hard copy is not required). For verification purposes, you must provide the original C88s or copies of the originals, stamped by customs. We will accept photocopies of the customs stamp or scanned versions of these documents provided you provide the originals as soon as possible. These procedures do not apply to imports covered by an electronic license, but only to imports made by means of a paper license or without a license.

Apply for a license

Quota requests must be received within the first seven days of September.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application, all supporting documents and your security are correct at the time of submission. They must reach the RPA no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

To note: We will reject any request for which security and / or proof of transaction is received after 5:00 p.m. UK time on Tuesday September 7th, 2021.

We recommend that you use the latest version of the application form. You can submit applications by mail or email. The email address for license requests is [email protected].

Under the GATT beef import tariff quota, license applications must include the following information:

  • Box 8 of your request must indicate the country of origin;
  • Box 15, the full description, covering the two CN codes of the group;
  • Box 16, one of the following groups of CN codes: 0202 1000, 0202 20 for beef bones; or 0202 30, 0206 2991 for boneless beef;
  • Box 20, “frozen beef meat – Regulation n ° 2020/1432” and order number “05.4003”.

If a change to your request or proof of transaction is required, you will have 7 days after the request window closes to return the information. Failure to return the information within this period may result in the rejection of your request.


Your license application must be accompanied by a deposit of £ 60.00 per tonne. You can find more information on how to post your warranty by searching for “Agricultural Import / Export License Guarantees” on GOV.UK.


Upon the close of the application period, we will compile the details of all valid quota requests received and calculate the applicable reduction coefficient. Details of the reduction coefficient will be published on the website and your license will be issued electronically around the end of September for use from October 1, 2021.

Import licenses will be valid until the end of the 2021/2022 quota period (June 30, 2022). All licenses will be issued electronically as they are only valid for imports into the UK. When an electronic license is issued, an email may be sent to notify you of its issuance. To receive this email notification, you must have already completed the appropriate sections of form il3.


You can find details of the provisions in Statutory Instrument 2020/1432. You can obtain copies from bookstores and accredited Stationery Office agents, or order from the Stationery Office website.

You can also access statutory instruments electronically by visiting the UK Legislation website. RPA is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the Legislation website. Although every care has been taken in the production of this guide, the statutory instrument as published is final.


If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Import Licensing team as follows:

  • Our hotline number – 03 300 416 500 (Option 1)

  • Contact by e-mail – [email protected]

  • Our postal address is:

Import Licensing Team

Rural Payments Agency

Lancaster House

Hampshire Court

Newcastle Business Park

Newcastle upon Tyne



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