Port Health inspection charges

Calculating the Charges

Port Health inspection charges are calculated annually on a cost recovery basis.  This means that the charges represent the cost of staff salaries plus on costs; that is the cost of providing the office space and other equipment.  Where legislation requires that sampling and analysis is carried out, charges will include the cost of any materials such as sterile scoops that are needed. 

Where the cost of sampling and analysis is known this has been shown below, however, for many products the cost of the sample varies depending on size and the nature of the analysis.  Samples that appear unsatisfactory will be subject to confirmatory testing to establish exact levels which will increase the cost. 

Making a Payment

Port Health have an accounts system where agents and importers are able to deposit money with us for use as documents are submitted. Payment can be made to us by BACs, cheque, over the phone or online. The quickest method is to pay by BACs.

Payment by BACS

Please contact us for our bank account details. Once payment has been made please send us confirmation of your payment to prompt us to allocate the funds to your Port Health account.

Payment by Cheque

Cheques should be made payable to Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority or SCPHA. Once your cheques have been received the funds will be credited to your Port Health account.

Payment by Telephone

Credit and debit card payments can be made over the phone 

Online Payments

Online payments can be made at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk by selecting the following options:-

  • Other Payments
  • Port Health, 
  • CED Payments
  • For CED Reference you should enter the CED/CVED number, container number, company details or other reference that will allow us to identify how to process the payment  
Port Health will be advised automatically once a payment by this method has been made.

The Charges

The current charges for checking under each of these categories is set out below.

Products of Animal Origin

The charges for POAO imports are based on the gross weight of the product rounded up to the next full tonne. There are two levels of charge, a standard charge which applies to the majority imported products and one that applies to those from New Zealand, which is reduced to reflect the lower amount of work that we carry out in respect of these imports as a result of an Equivalence Agreement between the EC and New Zealand.
From 1st April the charges are:-

  1. All imported products
    • Consignments up to 6 tonnes are subject to a minimum charge of £51.25 per consignment.
    • Additional tonnage between 7 – 46 tonnes £8.50 per tonne.
    • For consignments over 46 tonnes a maximum charge of £389.75 per consignment.
  2. For products which transit through the Community
    • Minimum fee of £28.00 increased by £14.00 per quarter of an hour for every member of staff involved in the controls.
  3. All products of Animal Origin from New Zealand 
    • Consignments up to 6 tonnes are subject to a minimum charge of £39.75 per consignment. 
    • Additional tonnage between 7 & 46 tonnes £6.50 per tonne. 
    • Consignments over 46 tonnes are subject to a maximum charge of £302.50 per consignment.
  4. Other Administration charges for CVED’s 
    • For photocopying documents £1.00 per copy made by SCPHA staff.
    Charges for Statutory sampling will charged in addition to these costs

High Risk Products - CED charges

 Activity  Charge
Document Check £54.00
Sampling – Less than 10 sub samples £73.50 + analytical cost
Sampling - 10-59 sub samples            £99.50 + analytical cost
Sampling - 60 or more sub samples £134.50 + analytical cost

A sub sample is the number of units that the legislation requires to be sampled to make up a sample that is representative of the whole consignment. Some contaminants, like aflatoxin, are not usually evenly spread throughout the consignment; therefore a large number of incremental samples are required by the legislation. These samples take longer so the charge is higher.

Non-compliant consignment


Radiation Controls Food and Feed Japan

Products of animal origin

There is no additional charge for the document check over and above the CVED charge that applies, however there is an additional charge for sampled consignments, where the cost of analysis is £161 and the cost to transport the sample to the laboratory is £32.25 (per container).

Total cost for a sampled POAO £193.25

Food and feed not of animal origin

Documentary check

£54.00 per CED/ Declaration.

Sampled NAO consignment

Where a consignment is sampled there are additional charges:-

  Identity check and sampling and transportation £73.50
  Analysis £161.00
  Total £234.50
Non-compliant consignment


Guar Gum from India

Document Check £54.00 (CED Document Check fee)

Sampling (exc. analysis) £73.50

Analytical Cost* £244.01

Total Sampling and Analysis £317.51

Non-compliant consignment


*Analytical costs are current at the time of publication but may be subject to change by the laboratory.

Plastic Kitchenware from China and Hong Kong

Document Check

Due to the additional work in checking and handling multiple documents charges have been introduced based on the number of analytical certificates that accompany the Declaration. The sliding scale of charges will be applied is as follows:-

Number of Analytical Certificates  Charge
 1-5  £46.25
 6-10  £61.75
 11-20  £85.00
 21+  £108.50

Identity, physical check and sampling

The cost of carrying out the identity, physical check and sampling is £69.75.

Analytical cost* £489.25.

The total cost of an identity, physical check, and sampling and analysis is £559.00.

Where testing of nylon utensils gives a Primary Aromatic Amine migration of above 0.01 mg/kg further confirmatory analysis to determine the specific amines which have migrated will be required to establish non-compliance. An additional £211.15* will be payable for such a test.

Non-compliant consignment



Example 1 
A Declaration accompanied by 13 analytical certificates is submitted. It is not selected for further checks so only the documentary check charge applies - this is £85.00 as the documentation falls in the 11 - 20 certificate category.

Example 2
A Declaration accompanied by 8 analytical certificates is selected for additional identity, physical and sampling checks. The following charges would apply.

Documentary check  £ 61.75   (6-10 certificates) 
Identity, physical check and sampling £559.00  
Total  £620.75  

*Analytical costs are current at the time of publication but may be subject to change by the laboratory

Catch certification under the IUU fishing controls

The following charges apply, and will be applied on a per consignment per country basis.

A Consignment will be determined as goods covered by a distinct set of documentation e.g. where there is more than one processing statement in the IUU documentation (particularly where this pairs with a CVED), this is likely to be processed and charged separately.

For low risk consignments £23.25 per flag state country.  Imports coming directly from the following flag states are currently defined as low risk:-

  • EEA/EFTA country (Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands).
  • country with a bilateral agreement with the EU for IUU purposes (USA, Canada, New Zealand), e.g. fish caught by a US fishing vessel and processed in a US approved establishment.

For high risk consignments £46.50 per flag state country.  The following imports are currently defined as high risk:-

  • fish caught by other third country fishing vessel,
  • fish from EU/bilateral/EEA/EFTA countries that have been processed in a third country (indirectly imported), e.g. fish caught by a US fishing vessel and processed in a Vietnamese approved establishment.  (Fish caught by a vessel registered to an EU/EFTA/bilateral country and subsequently processed in another third country loses its low risk status and is charged at the higher rate.)

Due to the additional work in checking documents from more than one country and checking and handling multiple documents additional charges have been introduced. The appropriate checking fee of £23.25 or £46.50 is applied for each country that certification is received from. In addition where multiple certificates are submitted to accompany a consignment a sliding scale of charges will be applied as follows:-

Number of Certificates  Charge per High Risk country  Charge per low Risk country 
 1-5  £46.50  £23.25
 6-10  £70.00  £40.50
 11-20  £81.50  £52.75
 21+  £93.25  £64.25

The number of certificates are counted per country to reflect the amount of work incurred in checking the certification.

Intervention Charges

Charges for consignments requiring verification/ movement control intervention or non-conforming consignments have increased to accurately reflect the amount of additional work required to be undertaken for such consignments.

  • Formal verification / movement control notices = £93.25
  • Non-compliant IUU consignments = £93.25

GM Controls Rice and Rice products China

Where a CED is submitted for a product covered by GM and other high risk product controls e.g. rice noodles for aluminium, only one document check charge will apply.

 Documentary Check (CED) £54.00  
Identity check, Physical check and taking Sample £73.50
 Analyst fee £1406.78 full sample (raw material)
£494.10 reduced sample (processed product)
 Non-compliance  £118.75

Organic Imports

Certificate verification

There is a flat rate £45 charge that has been agreed nationally for this.

Issuing a Regulation 7 notice under The Organic Products Regulations 2009


Ship Inspection Charges - for Ship Sanitation Certificates

 The charges are calculated based on the Gross Tonnage of the vessel.  The current charges are:-

 Gross Tonnage  Charge 
 Up to 1,000 £95
 1,001 - 3,000 £130
 3,001-10,000 £200
 10,001-20,000 £255
 20,001-30,000 £330
 Over 30,000 £390
With the exception of:
Vessels with the capacity to carry between 50 and 1000 persons = £390 
Vessels with the capacity to carry more than 1000 persons = £665   
Extension of existing Ship Sanitation Certificate = £65   
Vessel inspection following notification from another Competent Authority of conditions on board requiring further investigation = £65 


Water Sampling on Vessels

Standard Drinking Water Parameters - drinking water sampling for Coliforms, E.coli, and Enterococci are carried out on request

Analytical testing using the standard drinking water parameters is charged at £88.00 for the first sample and £44.00 for any additional sample taken at the same time. (It is recommended that 3 samples are taken at different points in the vessels fresh water distribution system - this would be £176.00). Public Health England now recommends 3 tests on each sample to assess the quality of ships water. The two colony counts which were previously reported will no longer be reported on.

Legionella - testing for Legionella can be carried out on request.
The rate for sampling and analysis is £123.25 for the first sample and £77.25 for any additional samples taken at the same time.

Testing for Legionella can be carried out on request.

Please note: A single sample can only provide information as to the presence of Legionella at an individual point on the ships water system. Therefore due to the nature of this organism and the associated risk one sample cannot provide assurances as to the Legionella status of the vessels water distribution systems.

A survey consisting of numerous samples taking into account the vessel size, nature and layout of the water distribution systems would be needed to give an indication of a vessel’s overall Legionella status.  Further advice and information can be provided on this if required.

Other Charges

In addition to the charge that port health makes the Port of Felixstowe may also make some additional charges to produce your container for examination and for the storage of the goods. There is a full list of these costs available here.

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