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Be prepared for import regulation amendments
19th April 2022

By David Rees

At the startof July, new requirements will be in place for importing plants and plant products to Great Britain from the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

From July 1, all plants and plant products, apart from those listed as deregulated, will require a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC). It will be the responsibility of the EU exporter to provide one of these.
Goods covered under Article 73 may also require pre-notification if instructed to do so upon submitting a customs import declaration.

Pre-notification will continue to be required for all other regulated plants and plant products, apart from those listed as deregulated, using either the PEACH or IPAFFS IT system.

IMPORT CHECKS

Regulated plants and plant products must enter Great Britain through an established point of entry at a Border Control Post (BCP). They will be subject to remote documentation checks and may also be subject to identity and physical checks at a designated BCP or Control Point (CP). Import checks on high priority plants and plant products will move from being checked at places of destination to BCPs and CPs.

From July 1 most animal products will need to enter Great Britain via a point of entry that has a border control post (BCP) designated to receive those goods. This applies even where goods are not subject to certification, ID and physical checks.

From November 1 an Export Health Certificate will be needed for all remaining regulated products of animal origin, including fish and most composites. These will also be subject to documentary, ID and physical checks.

The above changes do not apply to goods entering Great Britain from Northern Ireland.
Information supplied by OATA.