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Ultimate Guide To Prepare for UK Veterinary Border & SPS Controls 2024

Get ready for the 2024 UK Veterinary Border & SPS Controls with our ultimate guide. Learn how to navigate the new regulations.

Step 1: Learn about your IPAFFS Requirements

Since 1 January 2022, importers (or a representative acting on their behalf) will be required to pre-notify authorities via IPAFFS that their consignment will enter Great Britain. From 31 January 2024, animal products must continue pre-notifying their arrival via IPAFFS. Find out more on what you need to do.

Step 2: Understand what "product category" your product falls under?

Ham is a POAO product, and the rules for POAO products apply. Pizza with ham, however, is a compositeplants product, while pet food is ABP. Confusing? Check out what product category your products fall under. Depending on these categories, specific rules apply and special certificates must be used.

1) Products of Anumal Origin (POAO)

2) Animal-By-Products (ABP)

3) Composite Products

4) Live Animals

5) High-Risk Products of non-Animal Origin (HRPNAO)

6) Live Plants

7) Plant Products

Step 3: Understand the Risk Category for Your Product

1) Get a High-level view of SPS Controls UK Risk Categories under the final UK Border Target Operating Model- TOM

What does low, medium or high risk mean under the TOM? When are lower or higher levels of control and certification required under the final UK Border Target Operating Model (TOM)? See our guide.

2) Analyse more details by looking at risk tables for imports of live animals, POAO and ABPs (if you import these products) - including composites

To identify the risk category for a specific SPS food product you’re importing, use these official summary risk tables published by the UK government. Use the summary tables to learn about TOM risk categories for these imports.

3) (Optional) Search the UK SPS Controls TOM risk categories by your products' commodity codes (POAO & Live Only!)

Download the official spreadsheet to find the risk category for the POAO good and live animal you are importing. You can search using a commodity code or browse a list of commodities.

Step 4: Do you need an Export Health Certificate (EHC)?

In addition, an Export Health Certificate (EHC) or a certified Export Health Certificate must be included with certain food, feed, and plant consignments that fall into the medium- or high-risk categories.

1) Finding Model UK Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for SPS rules

Access Model Export Heath Certificate, about the UK's Export Health Certificates that are required from 31 January 2024

2) UK SPS & Veterinary Border: Completing an Export Health Certificate to export to Great Britain

Learn how to complete an Export Health Certificate to export to Great Britain and manage the UK SPS & Veterinary Border from 31 January 2024

Step 5: Understand the Simplifcaitons available

1) Simplifications in UK SPS & Veterinary Border Controls - Groupage Benefits

Discover the benefits of the "groupage" simplification in UK SPS and Veterinary Border Controls. Streamline your trade and make it easier with our guide.

2) Get in with the ATT SPS UK Veterinary Border Scheme under the TOM

Discover the UK SPS Accredited Trusted Trader Scheme (ATT) pilot under the TOM. Explore the benefits for businesses dealing with the UK veterinary border.

Step 6: Take note of the 2024 Border Control Posts (BCPs) rules

From April 2024, certain goods need to enter via a point of entry with a Border Control Post (BCP) that has been designated to receive these goods. These consignments may be subject to documentary, ID, and physical checks.

UK SPS Veterinary Border Control Posts (BCPs): Where to? How? What?

Understand your requirements to check in with UK Border Control Posts (BCPs)for imports of SPS goods from April 2024 for EU foods, feeds, live animals, animal products, plants and plant products.


Stay up to date with the latest SPS and Veterinary Updates

Stay updated on the latest Veterinary Border & SPS controls in the EU and UK. Find guides, documents, and resources for food & retail businesses.

All Updates published on SPS and the Veterinary Border (Collection)

Stay up-to-date on the latest SPS and veterinary border updates with our comprehensive blog category. A must-read for food traders.

On-Demand Four Hour Training on SPS and the Veterinary Border

This training course is designed to provide comprehensive instruction on biosecurity and veterinary border controls (SPS). It covers topics such as identifying risks posed by imported goods, quarantine processes, and the development of effective surveillance and response systems. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to ensure compliance with international biosecurity and veterinary border control standards. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to implement efficient and effective biosecurity and veterinary border control systems.

Live SPS & Veterinary Border Training

Course: Biosecurity & Veterinary Border Controls (SPS)

This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of food and plant importations, identifying the type of food, feed, animal, and plant products that require a licence, how to apply for permits + design an effective compliance system. (Course ID: E-FA 09

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