Imported Food Control at Hull & Goole Port Health Authority

Imported Food Control

One of our duties is to control the importation of non-EU imported foodstuffs under both UK and EU legislation.

Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated Fishing Controls (IUU)

The Authority has responsibility for checking & verifying Catch Certificates for consignments of fishery products arriving through our ports. A charge is made for this service. Further details and advice is available on the Defra website or by contacting our Port Health Inspectors.

We apply legal controls to imported foods
of all types from
non-EU sources

Imported Food of Non-Animal Origin

Other imported food cargoes are checked to ensure compliance with the Regulations. 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. Cargoes 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 "Designated Point of Entry" (DPE No. UK DP 07) under the EU Regulations (EC 669/2009) to receive specifically listed types of non-EU high-risk food cargoes for clearance by our Inspectors. Importers must pre-notify DPEs at least 1 working day before the physical arrival of the consignment by completing Part 1 of the Common Entry Document (CED) which can be found at Annex II of EC 669/2009. Associated costs will be recharged by the DPE (HGPHA) to importers. Fees will not be higher than actual costs borne by the Authority in carrying out their duties and will be based on the hourly salary rate of the officer(s) involved, extra costs relating to travel, equipment, training and facilities. Sampling and analysis costs will also be included in the calculation of such fees.

Our current scale of charges are;

1. Documentary check - £60

2. Identity check (partial turn-out) -£110

3. Physical checks (full turn-out) - £200 (+ sampling, analysis and transport costs)

Further details can be obtained by contacting our office.


Import Controls on Plastic Kitcheware from China & Hong Kong - Charges for Official Controls.

Please note that all imports must be pre-notified to the Authority

Our current charges are as follows;

Number of certificates for documentary checking

1-5                                                                       £45

6-10                                                                     £67

11-20                                                                   £111

ID/Physical Checks (10% of consignments)    £96

Analytical costs as advised by Port Analyst

Organic Imports

The Organic Products Regulations 2009 require that imports of organic produce must be notified to the Authority in advance of arrival. Each consignment must be accompanied by a Certificate of Inspection 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 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.

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