Only 10 weeks remain until the next phase of restrictions on importing food from Europe are brought into effect on January 1st, 2021. This is the penultimate phase of the staged rollout of port health checks on European food after Brexit, with the final step expected 1st July, 2022.
All of your shipments of Products Of Animal Origin (POAO), Animal By-Products (ABP), and High Risk Food and Feed Not of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will require pre-notification on the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) in order for your customs clearance to be processed.
If you have not had to process a pre-notification with IPAFFS before, or need advice on importing food from Europe, contact one of our customs experts today to prepare.
Will any food imports be banned?
From 1st January, 2022, you will no longer be able to import certain products of animal origin.
Even if you have the correct health certificates from the supplier, the following POAOs will be banned imports and your shipment will be rejected by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) at the UK border:
– chilled minced meat (beef, mutton, goat, pork, lamb).
– meat that has been mechanically separated from poultry, game or ratite birds.
– chilled meat preparations.*
– raw milk from cattle herds with bovine tuberculosis (TB).
– chilled or frozen minced poultry.
– ungraded eggs.
*A meat preparation is fresh meat that has been altered, but still retains the properties of fresh meat. Examples are raw meat patties, meatballs, seasoned cuts, or breaded chicken.
Beware that any attempt on importing food that is banned will mean return to origin, which may be passed your “Use by” date, or destruction, which will cost your business.