New UK Import Controls upcoming changes

Changes which were set to come into effect from 01 October whereby the UK was to introduce new import controls on certain categories of EU goods, including seafood, have been postponed until 2022.


These changes will impact seafood businesses trading with or through the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) as each business will, in addition to the necessary customs formalities, need to comply with a number of new UK requirements.

Updated timeline for changes announced 15th December 2021

On the 15 December 2021, the UK Government announced that the new UK customs and SPS import requirements which were due to apply to imports to Britain from 1 January 2022 have been postponed in respect of imports of goods from Ireland. The full UK Government statement on this can be accessed here.

This announcement means that the current arrangements for importing goods to Britain from Ireland will now continue to apply after 1 January 2022 and until the UK Government provides further information. Further detail on this announcement in respect of agri-food goods, based on information provided by the UK Government, is set out below:

For animal product controls this means:


Register for Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS)



To register for IPAFFS you will need the following:


Note – IPAFFS is the system used for notifying UK authorities of movements of live animals, germplasm and certain other commodities into to the UK from Third Countries. EU rules will not change for direct shipments.



Shipments of Products of Animal Origin (POAO) to or transiting through the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) require the below.

There are different requirements for products with final destination Great Britain and for those goods just transiting through the UK. Please familiarise yourself with the different requirements as outlined below.


For destination GB Shipments will require:


For shipments using the Landbridge to export to France


The UK Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) may carry out a series of inspections on Products of Animal Origin (POAO) shipments at a pre-determined destination within Great Britain.


Be prepared for documentary, identity and physical checks




Current guidance is that costs incurred for health inspections will depend on whether appropriate pre-notifications have been completed. Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) – GOV.UK (


BIM Brexit Webinar upcoming custom changes BIM Brexit Webinar upcoming custom changes

Watch BIM Brexit webinar Exporting seafood to and through Great Britain from 1st Oct 2021 – broadcast 2nd September 2021