With effect from 01-Jan-2016 the charging structure for Imported Products of Animal Origin will be reduced to £6.55 per tonne (Gross Weight). The Authority will also be amending the charging regime from "Or part thereof" to "Rounded up to the next tonne".
In addition to the above changes, the Authority will be introducing a charge of £25 for the production of "Late Notification" letters for consingments of Products of Animal Origin that have not been adequately pre-notified. The cost of inputting CVED's/CED's into TRACES, by Mersey PHA, will also increase to £25.
For full details of the Authorities charges, please visit our Fees Page.
Consignments should be pre-notified by submitting Part 1 of the CVED. Consignments may be pre-notified by the manifest or other electronic means, providing this has been agreed in writing by the OVS and that all the details included in Part 1 of the CVED are included in the manifest.
Telephone pre-notifications are not acceptable.
Where 8 digit CN codes are available in TRACES these should be used on the CVED.
Amendment to our Payment Process
We have recently reviewed our internal processes for administration of handling payments for all consignments of imported food. Previously the Authority would request payment prior to commencing our official checks.
To support trade and improve our service the Authority are now offering a credit facility for regular customers. This will enable the Authority to commence our official checks prior to receiving payment and with the aim to reduce unnecessary time delay in the work flow.
Customers will need to submit a declaration agreeing to the terms of the credit facility. A statement will be sent to the nominated officer at the start of every month for monies owed; payment must be lodged to the Authority within 7 working days of receiving this statement.
IUU Catch Certificate Price Increase
We have recently reviewed our charges with regards to the administration costs relating to the charging regime for the inspection of IUU Catch Certificates. From 1st May 2015 there will be a slight increase in our charges, they are as follows:
Number of Certs
Charge Per Consignment
Bi Lateral Agreement
Please note: Mersey Port Health Authority will not charge per country, our charges will remain on a per consignment basis.
Customer Notices 2015
Inorganic Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products
The European Commission has introduced maximum limits for inorganic arsenic in rice and rice products.
For food hygiene purposes, food containing both products of plant origin and processed products of animal origin (PPOAO) are called “composite products”, which are covered in Article 1(2) and 6(4) of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 (as amended).
They are defined in Article 2(a) of Commission Decision 2007/275/EC as: "a foodstuff intended for human consumption that contains both processed products of animal origin and products of plant origin and includes those where the processing of primary product is an integral part of the production of the final product".