Imported Food Control

Our duty is to control the importation of imported foodstuffs under UK legislation.

SEE OUR LATEST NEWS page for details of important changes to UK Government policy relating to EU imports.

Following the UK withdrawal from the EU, Products of Animal Origin imported into the UK from anywhere else (outside Europe)  can only enter the UK through an approved UK Border Control Post (BCP).

Currently the Port of Hull has a BCP for the importation of fishery products ONLY.

 From 1 January 2022 all EU products of animal origin and high-risk products of non-animal origin from the EU will need to be pre-notified to the PHA using the IPAFFS system.


Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated Fishing Controls (IUU)

The Authority has responsibility for checking & verifying Catch Certificates for consignments of non-EU fishery products arriving at our ports. A charge is made for this service. See "OUR CHARGES" page.


Further details and advice is available on the Defra website or by contacting our Port Health Inspectors.

Imported Food of Non-Animal Origin

Other imported food consignments are checked to ensure legal compliance. Consignments must comply with food safety and traceability requirements and comply with the many Additives, Labelling and Colouring Matter Regulations.

We take imported food samples for analysis and/or microbiological examination to assist our judgement or comply with agreed sampling regimes. Consignments may be detained pending sample results, and importers are advised to plan accordingly.

Rejected consignments are destroyed or re-exported, according to risk, at the owner's expense. In some circumstances they may be allowed to proceed, under strict supervision for purposes other than for human consumption.

The Port of Hull is a Border Control Post (No. GBHUL1H) to receive specifically listed types of high-risk food consignments for clearance by our Inspectors. Importers must pre-notify BCPs at least 1 working day before the physical arrival of the consignment by completing Part 1 of the Common Health Entry Document (CHED). Associated costs will be recharged by this Authority (HGPHA) to importers. Fees will not be higher than actual costs borne by the Authority in carrying out such duties, and will be based on the hourly salary rate of the officer(s) involved, travel costs, equipment, training and facilities. Sampling and analysis costs will also be added to such fees.

Our current scale of charges are shown on the OUR CHARGES page.

Organic Imports

The Organic Products Regulations 2009 require that imports of organic produce must be pre-notified to the Authority in advance of arrival. Each consignment must be accompanied by a Certificate of Inspection (COI) from the country of origin. This certificate enables our Inspectors to check and verify the provenance of such consignments and endorse bona-fide certificates.

Importers and their agents are advised to consult with our Inspectors before proceeding.

Currently there is a £45 charge to importers for this service.

Further information is available on the Defra website.

Export verification certificates for food consignments can be arranged by contacting the office. Such consignments are liable to our inspection and a service charge will be made. See OUR CHARGES page.

PERSONAL FOOD IMPORTS - Please use the Defra website Foodchecker link below for further information: