15 January 2024•Article
New Regulations on Imports for Animal Products from January
From 31 January, changes to import rules for animals and animal products from the EU to Great Britain will be implemented under the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM). New import risk categories and associated rules will come into effect.
As of January 31, changes to import rules for animals and animal products from the EU will take effect. Under the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM), new import risk categories and associated rules will be introduced, applying to all imports of animals and animal products from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein to Great Britain. The aim is to enhance operational efficiency at UK borders. This new import model will also be expanded to most non-EU countries from April 30, 2024.
The new guidance introduces 3 BTOM import risk categories, low, medium, and high, each one associated with a different set of rules. To ensure compliance, we advise checking which risk category your product falls in, and following the sanitary and phytosanitary rules for that category. You can find the full import risk category list by product here.
It is important to note that the new regulations state that all composite products will be either categorised as low import risk or not placed in any risk category as they do not require official import controls.
Below, you can find a breakdown of the new rules for each import risk category, and please note that for all shipments, it is required to notify authorities in advance of the Import of products, animals, food, and feed system (IPAFFS).
For Low BTOM Risk Category products, no health certificate is required, and no physical checks will be conducted. However, a commercial document from the supplier is required and from April 30, entry through a designated Border Control Post (BCP) will be mandatory.
For Medium BTOM Risk Category products, a health certificate is required and from April 30, entry through a designated BCP will be mandatory. The products will also be subject to documentary, identity, and physical import checks.
For High BTOM Risk Category products, a health certificate is required and most shipments will be subject to physical checks.
For medium/high-risk shipments without a health certificate, it is advised to contact APHA for a potential import license. Additionally, for medium-risk Animal By-Products (ABP), a commercial document from the supplier is required.
Please note that for some commodities (e.g. fishery products) the same rules will also apply to imports from The Faroe Islands and Greenland.
As regular risk category reviews will occur to reflect changing levels of risk, we will monitor the situation and keep you informed. Should you have any questions on your shipments, please reach out to us here.
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