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Additional import controls are coming on 30 April 2024 - get ready now!

Additional import controls are coming on 30 April 2024 - get ready now!

What changes are coming on 30 April 2024? 

In addition to complying with the current controls that came into effect on January 31, from 30 April 2024 traders must: ​ 

  • Ensure goods from EU /EFTA enter GB through an appropriately designated Border Control Post (BCP) or Control Point (CP) for your commodity type where risk-based documentary, identity and physical checks may take place.  
  • Present the consignment for inspection at a BCP or CP when called. Existing inspections of high-risk plants and plant products from the EU, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein will move from Places of Destination (PoDs) to BCP and CP’s. 
  • Upload IUU documents to the CHED import notification created in IPAFFS for a consignment containing fish or fishery products for human consumption before submitting the import notification. 

Additionally, imports from non-EU/EFTA risk assessed countries will begin to align with the BTOM regime. Changes to import controls for non-EU/EFTA risk assessed countries will include: 

  • The simplification of imports including removal of health certification and routine checks on low-risk animal and plant products (they will be subject to intelligence-led interventions). 
  • A reduction of physical and identity checks on medium-risk animal products from non-EU/EFTA risk assessed countries. 
  • Changes to checks rates and the removal of requirements for import controls on certain low risk plants and plant products from risk assessed non-EU/EFTA countries 
  • Proportionate level of checks for high and medium risk plants and continued requirement for a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) and CHED import notifications made on IPAFFS. 

Find out more about non-EU/EFTA BTOM risk categories for Animal Products

Find out more about non-EU/EFTA BTOM risk categories for Plant Products

Resources to help and prepare you for the changes that are coming 

Sign up DEFRA's series of webinars for traders. These sessions will tell you all you need to know about changes to import processes from 30 April 2024 under the Border Target Operating Model. They will provide a step-by-step guide to importing to GB from EU/EFTA and will provide information on entering through a port of entry with a border control post and outline what happens once you get there. 

Join DEFRA's session at 2pm on Thursday 21st March to find out about the forthcoming changes for products of animal origin: BTOM: Prepare for import controls from 30 April ‘24 (animal products) Tickets, Thu 21 Mar 2024 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

If you’re importing plants or plant products, sign up to the webinar: BTOM: Prepare for the upcoming import controls from Apr'24 (plants focused) Tickets, Thu 11 Apr 2024 at 11:00 | Eventbrite

For previous webinars visit  YouTube channel and watch recordings of our previous webinars for traders.

Read DEFRA's guidance on how to comply with your legal responsibilities for: 

See our additional pages for information on the new import controls that were introduced on 31 January 2024 and common errors identified by DEFRA.

Start preparing for the changes to border controls for plants and plant products

From 30 April 2024, high-risk plants and plant products must come through a Border Control Post (BCP) or Control Point (CP) where identity and physical checks will be carried out. Checks will no longer take place at Places of Destination (PoDs). 

Alongside this, documentary checks and physical and identity checks at the border will be introduced for medium-risk goods imported from the EU. In line with the reduced frequency of checks, checks will have a baseline of 3% for EU imports and 5% for non-EU imports, but may be different in specific cases, where additional risk factors apply. Please note, this doesn’t include medium-risk fruit and vegetables, if you are importing these goods from the EU, Switzerland or Liechtenstein to GB you will continue to be exempt from plant health controls on these goods. Further updates will be communicated shortly.

As we approach the 30 April 2024 deadline, it is important that you look to plan your journeys to BCPs or CPs as early as possible. This will help to reduce any potential delays to your onward journey and ensure compliance with the new UK phytosanitary regime. DEFRA have created a map containing a list of BCPs and CPs which you’ll find on their Plant Health Portal.

In the meantime, you should adhere to the existing PoD requirements for high-risk plants and plant products until 23:59:59 on the 29 April. 

3 weeks until PEACH Closure - have you started using IPAFFS for your Import Notifications for plants and plant products?  

If you are an importer of plants and plant products, from 00:00:01 on Monday 8 April 2024, current users of the PEACH system will no longer be able to log onto PEACH and it will not be possible to submit import pre-notifications using this system. You must register for the IPAFFS system and start using IPAFFS now.    

All importers must be registered with a UK address within IPAFFS to ensure they can submit import pre-notifications. Please visit this link if you need to register for IPAFFS. To ensure full registration information is provided, please ensure that links to an agent (if required) and the address book are up to date and ready to use for your import notification. 

Training for importers of plants and plant products to support your transition from PEACH to IPAFFS

To support your transition from PEACH to IPAFFS we are running weekly one hour training sessions that provide a live walkthrough of the new process. Please register for a time that suits you via the links below.

Invitation to register and submit notifications via IPAFFS – Training Links 

You can also watch DEFRA's pre-recorded training session here.  

Guidance on IPAFFS is available on GOV.UK. and further details visit DEFRA's Plant Health Information Portal Import IT Systems page. You will be able to find the following information:  

Read DEFRA's summary of common errors that have been identified through the documentary checks undertaken since the new controls were implemented. 

Read the Frequently Asked Questions that have been received about IPAFFS and Health Certificates.  

Please refer all enquiries for POAO to

For Plants, Fruit and Vegetables to :

For Fish and Fishery Products for Human Consumption :


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