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Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Goods Pre-Notification from 1st Jan 2022

UPDATE 29/04/2022

The requirement for further Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks on EU imports will no longer be required in July 2022. This customs control requirement has been pushed back to the end of 2023.

From 1 January 2022, all Products of Animal Origin (POAO), Animal By-Products (ABP) and High Risk Foods Not of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) consignments need to be pre-notified on the import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) from the EU (excluding Ireland due to the recent update from the UK Government).

You must pre-notify your consignment at least four-hours in advance of arriving into Great Britain.

The following pre-notification information is required -

  • What type of animal product or goods you’re importing (i.e., POAO, ABP, HRFNAO)
  • Origin of the animal product or goods (which country it was produced, originated in)
  • Commodity code (Selectable from a predefined list)
  • Commodity type (Selectable from a predefined list)
  • Species of the commodity (Selectable from a predefined list)
  • Commodity weight (kg)
  • Date of arrival into Great Britain
  • Reason for importing consignment (i.e., internal market, transit, research, etc)
  • Consignment’s place of destination
  • Addresses and contact details for place of origin, importer and place of destination
  • Details of port of entry

Your IPAFFS import (IMP) number needs to be entered in box 44 of your customs declaration too.

From the end of 2023, the information required for notifying consignments will change and additional fields will need to be completed. We will provide you with these details in due course.


Avoid long registration processes by letting the CustomsLink team organise your IPAFFS pre-notification for you.

20 December 2021

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