31 January 2024
For a large group of animal products, plants and plant products from a medium risk onwards, a phytosanitary or veterinary certificate is required for imports into the UK.
30 April 2024
The UK opens Border Control Posts to inspect incoming animal products, plants and plant products from a medium risk from the EU.
31 October 2024
All exporters from the EU are required to submit a safety declaration (ENS) prior to transport to the UK.
Effective from 1 January 2022
Access to the UK via the pre-lodgement and temporary storage model
Since 1 January 2022, the British government has applied two different models for cargo access to UK ports: pre-lodgement and temporary storage. In the British ports that are served from the Netherlands, both models are allowed. Read here how Dutch ferry operators deal with this.
Immediate entry into the UK always requires an import declaration
Without a further declaration, cargo cannot continue its journey in the British port (temporary storage) or even already in the Dutch port (pre-lodgement).
Obligatory pre-notification of veterinary and phytosanitary cargo in the UK
The importer in the UK is obliged to pre-notify veterinary and phytosanitary cargo in the British IPAFFS (Import of products, animals, food and feed system).
Effective since 1 January 2021
- Import rules and border controls for a limited group of goods on the controlled list
- Compulsory veterinary or phytosanitary certificate for entry of live animals and ‘high risk’ agricultural goods, such as trees and perennials