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SERVICE UPDATE - Late notifications and No documents in IPAFFS

Published: 3rd July 2024

Update to our service

Original Documents

Published: 5th June 2024

With the introduction of the BTOM Phase 2, we would like to clarify when original documents are required to be presented to the offices of Mersey Port Health Authority.

Clarification of Medium Risk Fishery Products

Published: 15th May 2024

Mersey Port Health Authority sought clarification on the risk categorisation of shelf-stable fishery products from species associated with histamine (species of the families Scombridae, Clupeidae, Engraulidae, Coryfenidae, Pomatomidae or Scombresosidae). Please note that this is not a change to any risk categorisations, all relevant pages will be updated.

Service Update: Changes to Telephone Calls and Office Hours

Published: 26th April 2024


Amendment to our payment processes

Published: 22nd April 2024

As a response to the UK's Border Target Operating Model (BTOM), Mersey Port Health Authority has opted to modify our internal procedures to minimise business disruptions. Therefore, with effect from 30th April 2024, we will no longer be operating pre-pay accounts.

Importer Information Note IUU Process Change

Published: 19th April 2024

New import controls began on 31 January 2024. Imports of fish and fishery products are now categorised into high, medium and low risk categories under the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM).

Importer Information Note Payment for Services

Published: 19th April 2024

Transition Stage 2 of the BTOM will commence on April 30, 2024, from this date Mersey Port Health Authority will be removing the facility for pre-payment accounts.

How to Complete a Health Certificate

Published: 17th April 2024

Guidance for how to complete a Health Certificate

How to Create an Import Notification

Published: 17th April 2024

Guidance on how to create an Import Notification in IPAFFS.

Guidance on Export Health Certificates for UK imports

Published: 17th April 2024

What is an export health certificate?

MPHA Charges 2024

Published: 9th April 2024

Effective From 30th April 2024

Update on Plastic Kitchenware from China / Hong Kong imported via the EU

Published: 14th March 2024

New import controls are set to be introduced for plastic kitchenware

Amendments to HRFNAO controls

Published: 13th February 2024

The amendments to 2019/1793 will come into force 7 March 2024, which seeks to control high-risk food and food not of animal origin (HRFNAO) imported into Great Britain.

IUU Checks and Guidance

Published: 5th February 2024

Wild caught fishery products being imported into Great Britain require IUU checks to be carried out by the Port Health Authority (PHA) at point of entry. These should be notified to us directly on PHILIS and not via your CHEDP notification in IPAFFS.

BTOM - EU Import Requirements

Published: 31st January 2024

31st January 2024 marks the first major implementation phase of the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM).

Border Target Operating Model

Published: 16th January 2024

Information to help businesses prepare for a new approach to importing goods to Great Britain under the Border Target Operating Model.

Weather Impact: Port of Liverpool

Published: 22nd December 2023

Operations on STOP due to high winds.

Christmas Opening Hours

Published: 20th December 2023

Mersey Port Health Authority's office hours for the festive season.

Office Closure

Published: 13th December 2023

Thursday 14th December 12:45pm to 15:30pm

Mersey Port Health supporting free Health and Dental event for Seafarers

Published: 16th October 2023

Officers from Mersey Port Health attended and supported a Free Health and Dental event held on 10th & 11th October at Liverpool Seafarers Centre.

DEFRA announces changes to organic food and feed import requirements

Published: 25th September 2023

DEFRA has announced changes to the Certificate of Inspection (COI) template for organic food and feed imports into Great Britain. A delay to the requirement for COIs from the EU, EEA and Switzerland has also been announced.

A Day in the Life: Routine Boarding Visits

Published: 24th May 2023

Mersey Port Health Authority (MPHA) conduct a risk assessment for each vessel arriving within the jurisdiction of the authority. Once an assessment has been made a boarding visit may be required, these inspections are unannounced so that the officers can see the conditions of the vessel on a normal working day. These inspections are conducted to identify public health risks and determine any potential control measures that may need to be put on vessels to tackle these risks.

The Border Target Operating Model: Draft for Feedback published by the Cabinet Office

Published: 28th April 2023

The proposed timeline for the Border Target Operating Model

MPHA Charges 2023

Published: 27th March 2023

Revised charges commencing April 1st 2023

Changes to our processes

Published: 2nd February 2023

Mersey Port Health Authority introduced a new and improved website last year with the aim of improving the customer experience. As part of this development we also reviewed our internal processes with the overall goal of ensuring a more productive experience for our customers, as such we have now implemented a new method of communicating with the authority.

New Non-Animal Origin Imports

Published: 16th January 2023

Require health checks from 17th January 2023

MPHA at John Moores University

Published: 8th November 2022

Officers delivering a presentation last Monday to the Environmental Health students at Liverpool John Moores University

Update 2: Strikes at the Port of Liverpool

Published: 19th October 2022

Please be advised that Unite the Union has confirmed its members will go on a further strike at the Port of Liverpool container operations from 24th October to 7th November.

Export Certificates at MPHA

Published: 6th October 2022

Our export certification services

Update: Strikes at the Port of Liverpool

Published: 30th September 2022

Please be advised that Unite the Union has confirmed its members will go on a further strike at the Port of Liverpool container operations from 11th October to 17th October.

Strikes at the Port of Liverpool

Published: 20th September 2022

Strike action at the Port of Liverpool

MPHA Charges 2022

Published: 18th May 2022

Revised charges commencing July 1st 2022

Plastic Declarations: New System for Pre-Notifications

Published: 2nd December 2021

New notification associated with producing and submitting a Plastic Declaration Document.

Creating a PDD on PHILIS Online

Published: 1st December 2021

New guidance launched.

System for creating the PDD

Published: 26th September 2021

New system launch in September 2021.

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