Revision to controls of imports of food & feed from Japan17-Nov-2017
Port Health Update - Imports of Food and Feed from Japan
EU legislation Update - Imports of food and feed from Japan, regarding radioactive contamination checks
The law regulating the importation of food and feed from Japan - protecting against radioactive contamination has been amended. These changes come into effect from 1 December 2017. The new law Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/2058 amends Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/6.
Summarised import requirements
The new Regulation applies to Japanese food and feed from 1 December 2017
The regulation specifies that food and feed may only enter the EU through a BIP (Border Inspection Post - for products of animal origin) or a DPE (Designated Point of Entry - for products not of animal origin). Felixstowe is designated for both and therefore all controlled products are able to be imported subject to the conditions set out.
Specified Products and Controlled Prefectures
Controls are in place for specified products from all prefectures.
These requirements cover imports of fishery products caught or harvested in the coastal waters of the specified prefectures, irrespective of where such products are landed.
Composite/ Compound products
The controls also apply to any products consisting of greater than 50% of a specified product (from a controlled prefecture). Where the origin of the ingredients (at more than 50%) is unclear the product must be accompanied by an analytical report containing the results of sampling and analysis.
If you are importing a composite product which contains any of the controlled foods as an ingredient, in order to enable faster clearances, you are recommended to submit of copy of the ingredients by percentage to Port Health for checking.
Imports of specified food and feed consigned from the prefectures listed above, but not originating in one of these prefectures and which has not been exposed to radioactivity during transit do not need to be sampled and tested before export from Japan. However, consignments will be subject to random sampling and testing upon arrival at the BIP or DPE.
All consignments must be accompanied by a declaration in the correct format.
Consignments of specified products from controlled prefectures must also be accompanied by an analytical report containing the results of the sampling and analysis. Where the consignment is from a controlled prefecture the declaration must be signed by an authorised representative of the Japanese competent authorities.
Where the consignment is not from a controlled prefecture the declaration may be signed by an authorised representative of the Japanese competent authorities or by a representative of the region designated by the competent authority official.
All consignments must be identified by a code, which must be marked on the packaging and all the documentation accompanying the consignment including the:-
Definition of consignment
The Commission have clarified the definition of consignment for this Regulation:
Multiple small lots of products in the same container
In the interest of reducing the administrative burden, the Commission have agreed a reduced documentation requirement for a container consisting of multiple small lots of products of non-animal origin:
Consignments not accompanied by declarations and a CED/CVED will be refused import.
Port Health must be notified at least 2 days prior to the arrival of a specified consignment by submission of a CED/CVED two working days prior to arrival of the consignment to the DPE (Designated Point of Entry) or in the case of POAO the BIP (Border Inspection Post).
It is a requirement that documentary checks are carried out on all specified consignments.
Identity and Physical Checks
Identity and Physical checks, including laboratory analysis for the presence of caesium-134 and caesium-137, will be carried out at random. Consignments will be detained at the port until results of testing and analysis are received from the laboratory.
In order for a consignment to obtain release for free circulation, the declaration/CED/CVED endorsed by port health must be notified to Customs on the entry to enable clearance via ALVS.
All costs resulting from these checks, including the cost of documentary checks, sampling and analysis and any enforcement measures taken in respect of a failed consignment have to be met by the importer. View the current fees.