New requirements to be introduced for importing some SPS goods

A message from the Business Secretary

New requirements will be introduced for importing some SPS goods, such as meat or plants, to Great Britain from the EU from 1 January 2022.

Pre-notification will be required for imports to Great Britain of most products of animal origin, animal by-products, high risk food not of animal origin and regulated plants and plant products from the EU. Businesses (or a representative acting on their behalf) importing these goods from the EU may be required to pre-notify authorities on the relevant IT system that their consignment will be entering Great Britain.

All current controls, including pre-notification, for products of animal origin under safeguard measures, live animals and high-priority plants and plant products remain unchanged.

Full customs declarations will also be introduced on 1 January 2022. Visit GOV.UK to find out what you need to do to comply with the new customs declaration rules.

The introduction of these import control requirements, forms part of a longer phased approach throughout 2022.

From 1 July 2022:

  • SPS goods must enter via a Border Control Post (BCP) that has been designated to receive these goods – the consignment will be subject to documentary, ID, and physical checks
  • importers will need to receive an Export Health Certificate for Products of Animal Origin and Animal By-Products or a phytosanitary certificate for plants and plant products from their EU exporter
  • safety and security declarations on imports will be required


Access the latest guidance for importing food, animal by-products and plant products to Great Britain from the EU on GOV.UK.

Register for the relevant IT system for animal and plant products now to make sure your business is prepared for prenotification requirements from 1 January 2022.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy