Sanitary and phytosanitary controls

What are the sanitary and phytosanitary controls on the importation of agri-food products to Spain from the United Kingdom?

As of 1 January 2021, the import of agri-food products (animals, plants, products of animal origin, feed...) will be subject to the same sanitary and phytosanitary requirements and controls as  imports from any third country. These requirements include:

  • The obligation that the importation be carried out through an airport or port that has a Border Control Post authorized for the category of product to be imported.
  • The need for the departure to be accompanied by an Official Phytosanitary or Veterinary Certificate.
  • Payment of fees for phytosanitary or veterinary controls.

Upon arrival at the border control post, all consignments are subjected to controls, which may include a documentary, identity and physical control.

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What are the sanitary and phytosanitary controls in the export of agri-food products to the United Kingdom from the EU?

The following link leads to information updated by the Government of the United Kingdom on the sanitary and phytosanitary conditions for exports from the EU of products of animal and plant origin and other products that are within the competences of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

In addition, the following link points to a guide to the different steps that need to be followed to export to the UK from the EU after 1 January 2021.

The system foresees three phases during which requirements and controls on exports from the EU to the UK will be progressively introduced, including:

  • The need for the consignment to be accompanied by an Official Phytosanitary or Veterinary Certificate (some goods such as live animals or planting material from 1 January 2021, others from 1 October 2021 or 1 January 2022).
  • The need for pre-notification in the destination country, depending on the type of product (some goods, such as products of animal origin, from 1 October 2021, others from 1 January 2022).
  • The obligation that the importation be carried out through an airport or port that has a Border Control Post authorized for the category of the product to be imported (as of 1 January or 1 March 2022 depending on the merchandise).
With regard to official certificates, all products affected by any specific requirement must follow the ordinary procedure for issuing phytosanitary or veterinary certificates, that is, it will be up to the operator to request, through the computer applications enabled for it (CEXVEG or CEXGAN) the issuance of the corresponding certificate.

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