Please note that DEFRA are now offering a facility for Importers to be notified of any updates to legislation. This can be utilised to enable you to receive information relating to specific commodities.
If you would like to receive updates direct from DEFRA please complete the DEFRA Updates Form and send to the relevant address on the form.
New dates have been added in respect of the training for Imported Food and International Health.
Please visit the Training page for more information.
Changes to Water Sample Charges
With Immediate effect, the cost of Water Samples have been amended.
The revised charges are £27.05 (plus vat) for Potable Water and £48.48 (plus vat) for Legionella.
The cost of the officer time remains the same.
Increase in Ship Sanitation Certificate Charges
With effect from 1st February 2017, the charges for Ship Sanitation Certificates will be increased. Please see below:
GRT of Vessel
Up to 1,000
1,001 – 3,000
3,001 – 10,000
10,001 – 20,000
20,001 – 30,000
With the exception of:
Vessels with the capacity to carry more than 1000 persons £600
If you have any queries, please contact a member of the team.
Customer Notices 2017
Defra, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have revised and published the Import Information Note, Q & A and flowchart on composite products. Please click HERE for more information
With effect from Thursday 19th October 2017, All Organic Consignments must be made electronically via the TRACES NT system.
Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/1842 introduces the electronic Certificate of Inspection (e-CoI) requirements via TRACES NT. Until e-signatures become available via the TRACES NT system, e-CoI’s will need to be printed and hand signed by the Issuing Body.
If you have not yet registered for TRACES NT this can be accessed via TRACES NT Login. For Guidance and registration details please click here.
A requirement of the legislation is that importers notify Port Health of the intended arrival of the organic consignment 24 hours in advance. As there is no notification system to advise us that an e-CoI has been submitted via the TRACES NT system, this can be done by submitting the Certificate of Inspection or forwarding a copy of the e-CoI via email. You can also forward a copy of the Bill of Lading, Invoice and packing list with the original signed e-CoI being forwarded to ourselves.
The payment for the endorsement of the Certificate of Inspection remains at £45.00.
If you have any queries please contact a member of our team.
With effect from 1st August 2017 Mersey Port Health will be introducing a new charge regime for Non-Compliant consignments.
For the Issuance of an OFFC 2009 Regulation 32 (2) or 32 (3) Rejection Options and Destruction – Charge £120
For a 20 foot container, a maximum potential charge of £250 for a full turn out. The charge will be dependent on the percentage of the turnout.
For a 40 foot container, a maximum potential charge of £500 for a full turn out. The charge will be dependent on the percentage of the turnout.
If you have any queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact us.
IMPORT OF MEAT EXTRACTS, MEAT CONCENTRATES AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING THEM
Please find attached recent OVS Note 2017/16 in connection the Meat Extracts, Meat Concentrates and products containing them,
Further to a meeting held yesterday (29th March 2017) the Commission and Member States considered the information available relating to the issue of food fraud in Brazil and they agreed that the hygiene conditions of consignments of beef and poultry meat exported from Brazil require particular attention
Import of meat and honey from Brazil
Following reports of fraud in the meat sector in Brazil, the European Commission has been in close contact with the Brazilian Competent Authority and they understand that of the 21 establishments that were implicated in the fraud, five are authorised for export to the EU. This includes four meat establishment and one honey establishment
For further information, please read the attached OVS Note.
There have recently been some queries regarding the clarification of flavoured tea controlled by Regulation 669/2009 as amended.
In order to assess if a product still classifies as 0902, these must be analysed case by case, based on the General Rules for the Interpretation of the Harmonized System (GIR) applicable to mixtures: