Exporter

Preparing for changes to UK SPS controls

It is very important that Irish exporters fully understand and prepare in good time for the United Kingdom's (UK) new import requirements. Engagement with the relevant players in the supply chain, including the relevant UK importer, is essential. Roles should be clear, and responsibilities agreed.

Good use should be made of the extended timelines outlined below to be fully ready to meet the new UK requirements.

Requirements for an Irish exporter and UK importer

The tables below set out the nature of the new UK import controls and the dates they will apply from.

From 1 January 2021 - Requirements - Irish exporter and UK importer
Export certificates (health and catch)

• Live animals, including equines and pets

• Hatching eggs

• Catch certificates for wild-caught marine finfish

• Product of animal origin subject to safeguard measures (N/A)

Phytosanitary certificates

• High risk plants and plant products

• Wood and wood products

IPAFFSpre-notification

Yes - PEACH system for plants

Entry through Border Control Post (BCP) No
Checks

Remote documentary check and risk-based checks at point of destination

From 1 January 2022 - Additional new requirements - Irish exporter and UK importer
Export certificates (health and catch)

No additional new requirements

Phytosanitary certificates No additional new requirements
IPAFFS pre-notification Yes - IPAFFS
Entry through Border Control Post (BCP) No
Checks

Remote documentary checks for:

• products of animal origin

• regulated plants/plant products

• animal by products

• high risk food and feed not of animal origin

From 1 July 2022 - Additional new requirements - Irish exporter and UK importer
Export certificates (health and catch)

• Products of animal origin

• High risk food and feed not of animal origin

• Animal by products

• Certificate of inspection needed for organic food

• Germinal products

Phytosanitary certificates

Yes

IPAFFS pre-notification Yes
Entry through Border Control Post (BCP)

Yes for:

• live animals

• regulated plants/plant products

• high risk plants and plant products

• products of animal origin

• animal by products

• high risk food and feed not of animal origin

• germinal products

Checks

Checks at BCPs for:

• live animals

• regulated plants/plant products

• high risk plants and plant products

• products of animal origin

• animal by products

• high risk food and feed not of animal origin

• germinal products

Documentary checks, and physical risk based checks if necessary

Further information

You will find more information for each relevant date and the nature of the UK import controls that will apply in the following:

The UK authorities set the requirements for importing into Great Britain. It is advisable to check on Gov.uk for detailed information.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) provides guidance in respect of requirements at import to the UK for: