The Government has decided to delay the remaining import controls on EU goods; these will not be introduced from July 2022. The below guidance is being reviewed. To find out more please click here. A Q&A is also available here.
1 January and 1 July 2022, import requirements webinar and Q&A
Defra Plant Health hosted a stakeholder webinar in November, to talk through the new import requirements being phased in from 1 January and 1 July 2022.
Watch the webinar presentation.
Download the webinar slides.
Since 1 Jan 2022, which plants and plant products require a phytosanitary certificate (PC)?
All ‘high-priority’ plants and plant products will continue to require a PC when imported from the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to GB.
Plants and plant products categorised as ‘regulated’ and ‘regulated and notifiable’, imported from the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to GB will not require a PC until 1 July 2022.
See whether your goods are classed as ‘regulated’ or ‘regulated and notifiable’.
Since 1 Jan 2022, which plants and plant products require pre-notification?
In addition to a PC, all ‘high-priority’ plants and plant products will continue to require pre-notification when imported from the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to GB.
Plants and plant products categorised as ‘regulated and notifiable’, imported from the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to GB will require pre-notification from 1 January 2022.
From 1 July 2022, which plants and plant products will require a PC?
Most regulated plants and plant products will require a PC, apart from a small group, when imported from the EU (excluding Ireland) Liechtenstein and Switzerland to GB.
High-priority plants and plant products will still require a PC when imported from the EU (including Ireland), Liechtenstein and Switzerland to GB.
For information on how to obtain a PC, please see gov.uk.
From 1 July 2022, which plants and plant products will require pre-notification?
‘High-priority’ and ‘regulated and notifiable’ plants and plant products imported from the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will continue to require pre-notification.
Additionally, ‘regulated’ goods imported from the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to GB will start to require pre-notification but only if instructed to do so upon submitting a customs import declaration. Please see further guidance on how to pre-notify.
Which IT system do I use to pre-notify?
If you are importing ‘regulated and notifiable’ plants and plant products from the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to GB after 1 January 2022, you will need to pre-notify them. If you are new to the process of pre-notifying your goods, please register for and use IPAFFS. If you are currently using PEACH for EU pre-notifications, please continue to do so until directed to move to IPAFFS.
What happens if I don’t pre-notify?
Since 1 January 2022, staged customs controls are ending on goods imported from the EU and they must be accompanied by a full custom import declaration that is submitted before the goods arrive at the EU point of departure. If you don’t pre-notify, you won’t receive the reference number that you need to enter when submitting your customs declaration.
The pre-notification requirements are not optional, it will be a legal requirement and the data will be used to ensure we have the most efficient operating model in place to deliver checks at BCPs.
From 1 Jan 2022, where will import checks take place?
If you are importing ‘high-priority’ plants and plant products from the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland , import checks will continue to be performed at Places of Destination (PoDs).
From 1 July 2022, where will import checks take place?
All import checks will take place at Border Control Posts (BCPs) or Control Points (CPs).
Why can’t businesses continue to use the PoD scheme past 1 July 2022?
The PoD scheme was introduced as a temporary measure to enable the performance of checks on EU imports of high-priority plants and plant products from 1 January 2021 until 1 July 2022. After this date, new BCP facilities will be functioning for all third country trade and will be used to undertake inspections of goods arriving from the EU.
From 1 July 2022, plant health import checks of EU regulated plants and products must be performed at designated BCPs or CPs. This is to ensure GB’s high standards of biosecurity are maintained and that trade will continue to flow smoothly.
Will a finalised list of designated BCPs and CPs be published?
The process for designating BCPs and CPs is on-going. Once a BCP or a CP has been approved, it will get published on gov.uk. This list is complete and up to date. All of the designated BCPs and CPs will also be available to select on PEACH and IPAFFS. For a map of BCP locations, please visit the Plant Health Portal.
Are the costs confirmed for BCP use?
Other than the BCPs run by UK government (e.g. Sevington), BCP usage fees (as distinct from plant health inspection fees) are set by the commercial operators of those facilities. Defra has no control over the level of those fees. We continue to engage with commercial BCP operators and will encourage publication of BCP usage fees in a transparent manner as soon as possible.
How long are plants held for inspection at BCPs?
To reduce waiting times and prevent delays, APHA use an automated gateway system that alerts staff when a consignment is declared. These alerts allow APHA to respond immediately and initiate contact with the GB importer (or their agent) once the consignment arrives. From there the GB importer (or their agent) and APHA arrange the timing of the inspection within APHA’s Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Information on APHA’s current SLA times is published on gov. uk.
Inspectors will be conducting risk-based checks, which means not all consignments will be flagged for an inspection. The risk analysis is based on the Country of Origin (CoO) and the commodity to set the parameters. For consignments that are selected for an inspection, only a representative sample of the plants or products will be removed for checks.
GB plant health services have sufficient staff to meet current demand and recruitment is ongoing to ensure staffing continues to meet forecast increases in trade flows.
What is the frequency of risk-based checks?
There are different inspection levels for different commodities. The inspection rate decreases the lower the risk profile of the plant/plant product; this means that only a small percentage of low-risk consignments will be selected for inspection. More information and a list of the different inspection levels and risk hierarchies can be found on the Plant Health Portal.
If I am importing a consignment, where do I attach the UK Plant Passport for onward movement?
If your consignment is inspected and cleared at a BCP, the UK Plant Passport should be attached at the First Place of Destination after the BCP.
If your consignment is inspected and cleared at a CP, the UK Plant Passport should be attached at the CP.
If you are responsible for the plants at the premises where the UK Plant Passport is to be issued, you need to be authorised to issue those UK plant passports. Information on UK plant passports and how you can be authorised to issue them are available on gov.uk.