Currently, our imports are done through TRACES, but as of 1 January we will not have access to this. Will there be a new procedure in place?

From January 2021, live animals and germinal products imported from the EU will be subject to new import controls. These include the requirement for health certification and import pre-notifications on IPAFFS. The requirement for entry to GB via an established point of entry with an appropriate Border Control Post (BCP) will not come into force until January 2022.

From October 2021 all products of animal origin (POAO) imports to GB will require pre-notification using IPAFFS and must be accompanied by an export health certificate (EHC). All animals and animal products must arrive at an established point of entry with an appropriate Border Control Post (BCP). POAO will be subject to a minimum level of 1% checks. Some commodities, such as shellfish, will be subject to higher minimum check levels.

From 1 January 2021 imports of high priority plants and plant products (which includes plants for planting, seed and ware potatoes, some seed, and used agricultural machinery) will require prenotification and phytosanitary certificate. Prenotification must be made via the PEACH IT system, but a new IT system will replace PEACH later in 2021. These goods will also be subject to documentary, identity and physical inspections, which will take place at an authorised Place of Destination (which could be the business site) until 1 January 2022, when they will move to a BCP. Inspection fees will not come into force until 1 June 2021.

From 1 January 2022 imports regulated plants and plant products (which includes most fruit, vegetables, cut flowers, and seed) will require prenotification and Phytosanitary Certificate from 1 January 2022. Prenotifications will be made via the new IT systems which will replace PEACH later in 2021. These goods will be subject to physical inspections from 1 March 2022, which will take place at a BCP.