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Update on fees and frequency of checks for imports from the EU

Fees for import inspections on high priority goods currently subject to controls will now begin on 1 June 2021.

In December 2020 we shared information of the fees that will be applicable in England for import inspections on high priority EU goods planned from 1 April 2021. Fee collection for EU imports is now being delayed and will start from 1 June 2021. 

Defra and APHA have worked through the legislative amends needed in order to implement the fees and this has allowed us to provide a more detailed breakdown of the fees. The Statutory Instrument that will make the amends is due to be laid in Parliament in March and will come in to force on 1 June.

The fees set out in Table 1 will be included in legislation due to come into force on 1 June 2021. The fees will be applicable from 1 June and apply to the high priority goods, currently subject to controls, imported into England and Wales from EU member states, Lichtenstein and Switzerland. All consignments will be subject to documentary checks charged at £5.25.

Similar arrangements are in place for Scotland but note the fees structure will vary.

Table 1      

Category  

  

Plant, plant product or other object

  
  

Frequency    of Physical and I.D. Check in GB

  
  

Fee: Physical check (£) in England and Wales

  
  

Fee: Identity check (£) in England and Wales

  

Cuttings, seedlings (except forestry   reproductive material), young plants of strawberries or of vegetables, not   intended for final users

All   genera

100%

173.91

5.25

Bulbs, corms, rhizomes, tubers,   (other than tubers of potatoes), not intended for final users

All genera

100%

205.04

5.25

Bulbs, corms, rhizomes, tubers,   (other than tubers of potatoes), intended for final users

All   genera

10%

20.50

0.52

Seeds not intended for final users

Allium   cepa L., Allium porrum L., Castanea Mill., Capsicum spp. L., Helianthus   annuus L., Medicago sativa L., Phaseolus cocineus, Phaseolus vulgaris L.,   Solanum lycopersicum L., Solanum tuberosum L. (True potato seed); Vegetable seeds   of Pisum sativum L. and Vicia faba L.; Seeds of oil and fibre plants   of Brassica napus L., Brassica rapa L., Sinapis alba L., Glycine max (L.)   Merrill, Linum usitatissimum L.

100%

128.13

5.25

Seeds intended for final users

5%

6.40

0.26

Tissue cultures not intended for   final users

All   genera

100%

128.13

5.25

Tissue cultures intended for final   users

All   genera

5%

6.40

0.26

Plants intended for planting (other   than cut Christmas trees), not intended for final users

All   genera

100%

182.38

5.25

Other plants intended for planting   not specified elsewhere in this table, intended for final users

All   genera

10%

18.23

0.52

Tubers of potatoes

Solanum tuberosum L. intended for planting (seed potatoes)

100%

156.69

5.25

Solanum tuberosum L. (ware potatoes)from Poland, Portugal   or Romania)

50%

78.34

2.62

Solanum tuberosum L. (ware potatoes)from Spain

100%

156.69

5.25

Soil and growing medium, bark

Bark of Castanea   Mill., Conifers (Pinales), Juglans L., Pterocarya Kunth.

5%

5.98

0.26

Machinery or vehicles which have been   operated for agricultural or forestry purposes

Machinery   or vehicles which have been operated for agricultural or forestry purposes

5%

5.98

0.26

(1)“Intended for final users” includes clearly packed and ready for supply to final users, identifiable as being for use by landscapers or contractors for planting at the final site of the plants and where additional packing or preparation (excluding multiplication, propagation or growing on) is required before making plants available to final users.

 

 

Inspection frequencies on lower risk plants, plant products and other objects imported into GB from EU member states, Lichtenstein and Switzerland are set out in Table 2 and apply to GB.

Table 2

 Category

Plant, plant product or other object

Frequency of Physical and I.D. Check in GB

Soil and growing medium, bark

All   other bark not specified in Table 1

3%

Seeds

All   other seed not specified in Table 1

3%

Branches with foliage, parts of   Conifers (other than Christmas trees)

All   genera

3%

Cut flowers

All   genera

3%

Cut Christmas trees

All   genera

3%

Leaves of plants, such as herbs,   spices and leafy vegetables

All   genera

3%

Fruit or vegetables

All   genera

3%

Tubers of potatoes

Solanum tuberosum L. (ware potatoes)from any EU Member   State, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, excluding Spain, Poland, Portugal or   Romania.

3%

Grain

All   genera

3%

Other plants or plant products not   specified elsewhere in this table, other than forest trees, soil and growing   medium

All   genera

3%

 

Inspection frequencies on forestry products imported into GB from EU member states, Lichtenstein and Switzerland are set out in Table 3 and apply to GB. All consignments will be subject to documentary checks.

Table 3

Category and countries of origin

Plant, plant product or other object

Frequency of physical and I.D. check in GB

Sawn timber/wood products from all   the EU except Spain and Portugal

Conifer wood with bark, castanea   wood with bark, platanus (excludes conifer and castanea which   is bark-free)

50%

Sawn timber/wood products from Spain   and Portugal

Conifer wood, castanea wood   with bark, platanus wood (excludes castanea which is bark-free)

50%

Sawn timber/wood products from   Finland, France, Germany and Italy

Wood of Acer, Aesculus, Alnus,   Betula, Carpinus, Cercidiphyllum, Corylus, Fagus, Fraxinus, Koelreuteria,   Platanus, Populus, Salix, Tilia, Ulmus

5%

Sawn timber/wood products from   Germany and Italy

Wood of Prunus, with the   exception of Prunus laurocerasus

5%

Other controlled timber/wood   products/isolated bark from all the EU

Cut conifer trees>3m height,   isolated bark of conifers, fuel wood (controlled species), Juglans and   Pterocarya

5%