New timetable outlining details of UK border controls (Nov 2021).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR IMPORTERS OF GOODS FROM THE EU – You must share your IPAFFS notification reference with your customs agent



Following the Government’s announcement in September 2021 that EU to GB Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) import controls would begin from 1 July 2022, the approach and timetable for these changes have now been announced (November 2021).

The UK will introduce certification, documentary, ID and physical checks, by commodity groups for products of animal origin, animal by-products, plant and plant products, in three phases between 1 July and 1 November 2022.

The timetable is as follows:

From 1 July 2022, certification and physical and identity checks will be introduced for:

  • All remaining regulated animal by-products
  • All regulated plants and plant products
  • All meat and meat products
  • All remaining high-risk food not of animal origin.

From 1 September 2022, certification and physical checks will be introduced for all dairy products.

From 1 November 2022, certification and physical checks will be introduced for all remaining regulated products of animal origin, including composite and fish products.

Live animal checks will also begin in stages incrementally moving from the point of destination to border control posts from 1 July 2022 as facilities become available and are appropriately designated.


This phased approach does not replace any existing import controls already in place and you should continue to follow these for importing your consignments. In summary, these were;

From 1 January 2022

  • The requirement for pre-notification of products of animal origin, animal by-products and high-risk food not of animal origin, along with pre-notification for lower risk plants and plant product.

From 1 July 2022

  • The new requirements for GB Export Health Certificates from EU exporters.
  • Phytosanitary certificates for lower risk plant produce,
  • Physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts x

All current controls for live animals, POAO under safeguard measures and high priority plants and plant products remain unchanged.

Further information will be on this site as soon as it becomes available.