Are you an importer in the Food and Catering industry?

If you are an importer in the Food and Catering industry, further checks are required on products of Animal Origin and other High Risk Non animal origin from July 2022

From 1 January 2022, businesses importing products of animal origin, animal by-products and high-risk foods not of animal origin (HRFNAO) must pre-notify consignments at least four hours in advance of arriving into Great Britain. The pre-notification must be made via the Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS).


POAO imports from 1 July 2022

Most POAO imports from the EU to Great Britain must have a health certificate from 1 July 2022.

The EU exporter must:

  • apply for the health certificate in their own country – competent authorities should use model health certificatesto create versions that exporters can apply for
  • give you an electronic copy to upload to IPAFFS

The original certificate (not a copy) must travel with the consignment.


Import licence

You may need an import licence or authorisation to import your food and drink product from the EU if there’s no health certificate for your product.

In some cases, you may need an import licence as well as a health certificate.

Check the list of general licences to see if the licence you need already exists, and what you should do if it’s not on the list.


Commercial document

You should check with the EU exporter if the product you’re importing needs a commercial document. If it does, they must complete it.

The commercial document must include:

  • details of what’s in the consignment
  • the name of the person who sent it
  • the name of the person it’s being sent to

The document must travel with the consignment.


Please contact us if you would like help with completing your IPAFF notifications or just a tutorial on how the system works.

We can help you ensure your suppliers will give you the correct documents and ensure that the authorities are advised of the consignments within the given timescales .


These services are in addition to our Customs Clearance Services.

Please contact us on in**@fb*******.uk or call 01304 793366 for more information.