Last reviewed 7 December 2021

From 1 January 2022, businesses importing products of animal origin, animal by-products and high-risk foods not of animal origin (HRFNAO) must pre-notify consignments at least four hours in advance of arriving into Great Britain.

The pre-notification must be made via the Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS).

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has incorporated key information in a document available at

It has also announced key dates that traders will need to have in their diaries.

From 1 July 2022

Checks on high-priority plants and plant products will transfer from place of destination to designated BCPs (Border Control Posts) and control points.

Live animal physical checks will take place at designated border control posts where a facility is operational at the point of entry. Where there is no designated BCP, checks will remain at destination for other points of entry until sufficient BCPs are operational.

Checks at Sevington inland BCP and designated airport BCPs will commence from 1 July 2022.

All certification, physical and identity checks will be introduced for:

  • all remaining regulated animal by-products

  • all lower risk plants and plant products

  • all meat and meat products

  • all remaining high-risk food not of animal origin.

From 1 September 2022

Certification and physical checks will be introduced for dairy products.

From 1 November 2022

Certification and physical checks will be introduced for all remaining products of animal origin, including composite products and fish products.

More information is available at