Useful Links

We have identified a number of online resources useful to users of Port Health.

Theses resources can be broadly split into:-
(click each heading to view links)

Relevant Organisations/Central Government Departments

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Animal Health

    Tooltip ID: TT0001

    Tooltip Content:

    Animal Health, now part of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are a government agency responsible for overseeing the delivery of POAO controls at BIPs.

    General enquiries about imports of POAO should be directed to their helpline:

    General enquiries email: imports@apha.gsi.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01228 403 600



    URL Link: http://www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla-en/imports-exports/importing/

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Defra - import of animal products

    Tooltip ID: TT0009

    Tooltip Content:

    Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) - are the government department responsible for policy in relation to imports animal products.  APHA provide import guidance to trade on their behalf.



    URL Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/animal-products-import-and-export

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Defra (Fruits and Vegetables)

    Tooltip ID: TT0012

    Tooltip Content:

    Local office contact details:-

    Fruit and Vegetables - 01473 261146 (Martin Hall).

    Potatoes and Seeds - 01394 613211 (Simon Lord)



    URL Link: https://www.gov.uk/plant-health-controls

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Defra Animal Health (Personal Imports)

    Tooltip ID: TT0013

    Tooltip Content:

    The Gov.uk site contains guidance on products that travellers can bring back for personal use.



    URL Link: https://www.gov.uk/personal-food-plant-and-animal-product-imports

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Food Standards Agency - Food Fraud

    Tooltip ID: TT0020

    Tooltip Content:

    The FSA are committed to fighting food fraud and information about illegal activities can be sent to the food fraud unit

    URL Link: https://www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/the-national-food-crime-unit

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Food Standards Agency - Food Safety

    Tooltip ID: TT0021

    Tooltip Content:

    As well as monitoring imports they are also responsible for policy relating to hygiene standards in UK food premises which also extends to shipping.

    URL Link: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-industry

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Food Standards Agency - Local Authority Finder

    Tooltip ID: TT0023

    Tooltip Content:

    If you are looking for advice about your food business you can find out which local authority to contact by checking on the Food Standards Agency Website

    URL Link: https://www.food.gov.uk/contact/businesses/find-details/contact-a-food-safety-team

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Health Protection Agency - Port Health

    Tooltip ID: TT0026

    Tooltip Content:

    The Health Protection Agency also have a responsibility along with the NHS in health protection arrangements in ports, and will work with Port Health to ensure that appropriate controls are used to prevent the spread of infectious disease or other health hazards.

    URL Link: https://www.gov.uk/topic/health-protection/emergency-response

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Clearances

    Tooltip ID: TT0027

    Tooltip Content:

    HMRC Her Majesties Revenue and Customs are responsible for ensuring that controlled consignments from third countries have undergone border checks and the charges have been paid before releasing consignments for import.



    URL Link: https://www.gov.uk/national-clearance-hub-for-goods-entering-leaving-or-transiting-the-eu#contacting-the-nch

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

    Tooltip ID: TT0010

    Tooltip Content:

    Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are the government department responsible for policy on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in relation to imports of fish and fishery products.

    URL Link: https://www.gov.uk/catch-certificates-for-non-eu-imports-and-exports-of-fish

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Organic Imports GOV.UK

    Tooltip ID: TT0011

    Tooltip Content:

    Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Organic Farming Branch are the government department responsible for policy in relation to imports of organic products

    URL Link: https://www.gov.uk/organic-produce-how-to-become-an-importer

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Plant Health - Defra

    Tooltip ID: TT0029

    Tooltip Content:

    The Plant Health Portal - find information about pests and diseases

    URL Link: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Public Health England - Microbiology

    Tooltip ID: TT0025

    Tooltip Content:

    Public Health England is the body responsible for carrying out microbiological analysis on food, feed and water samples. Arrangements are in place to transport samples under temperature control to the laboratory in London where the analysis is carried out.  



    URL Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Suffolk County Council - Trading Standards

    Tooltip ID: TT0030

    Tooltip Content:

    Suffolk County Council are responsible for the enforcement of product safety legislation and are the feed authority for Felixstowe and Ipswich ports. They have passed on their responsibility for the control of high risk feed to Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority. The trading standards team can be contacted by telephone on 01473 264859, Fax: 01473 216850, Email: tradingstandards@suffolk.gov.uk, Address: Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2BX

    URL Link: http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/BusinessAndConsumer/TradingStandards/

  • Link and Tooltip Title: The Forestry Commission

    Tooltip ID: TT0033

    Tooltip Content:

    The Forestry Commission is responsible for the enforcement of rules in relation to imports of wood and wood packaging material which must meet international standards to ensure that it does not present a plant health risk.

    URL Link: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-9nrkgg

General information

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Customs Tariff/Commodity Codes

    Tooltip ID: TT0008

    Tooltip Content:

    CN codes can be checked online using the trade tariff on the Gov.uk website.



    URL Link: https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff

  • Link and Tooltip Title: EU Food Safety Website

    Tooltip ID: TT0018

    Tooltip Content:

    The European Commission generates almost all of the legislation that is applied to imports to ensure smooth functioning of the internal market and as part of their commitment to make Europe's citizens healthier and safer. They have their own website Europa where they provide information about EU policy.

    URL Link: http://ec.europa.eu/food/index_en.htm

  • Link and Tooltip Title: EU Law EUR-Lex search

    Tooltip ID: TT0017

    Tooltip Content:

    The European Commission generates almost all of the legislation that is applied to imports to ensure smooth functioning of the internal market and as part of their commitment to make Europe's citizens healthier and safer. They have their own website Europa  where they publish legislation. New legislation is published daily in the Official Journal.

    URL Link: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/advanced-search-form.html?qid=1438090557609&action=update

  • Link and Tooltip Title: FAO Fisheries Global Information System (Identification of fish etc.)

    Tooltip ID: TT0019

    Tooltip Content:

    The Food and Agriculture Office (FAO) are an UN organisation. The fisheries and aquaculture department amongst other things focuses on initiatives to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

    URL Link: http://www.fao.org/fi/figis/index.jsp

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Food Standards Agency - Imported Food Information

    Tooltip ID: TT0034

    Tooltip Content:

    The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) lead on policy affecting imports of fish and other food safety and standards controls. The Imported Food Branch provide a helpline for general enquiries about food imports who can be contacted by email imported.food@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk.

    URL Link: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/imports-exports


  • Link and Tooltip Title: Customs Tariff/Commodity Codes

    Tooltip ID: TT0008

    Tooltip Content:

    CN codes can be checked online using the trade tariff on the Gov.uk website.



    URL Link: https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff

  • Link and Tooltip Title: EU Food Safety Website

    Tooltip ID: TT0018

    Tooltip Content:

    The European Commission generates almost all of the legislation that is applied to imports to ensure smooth functioning of the internal market and as part of their commitment to make Europe's citizens healthier and safer. They have their own website Europa where they provide information about EU policy.

    URL Link: http://ec.europa.eu/food/index_en.htm

  • Link and Tooltip Title: EU Law EUR-Lex search

    Tooltip ID: TT0017

    Tooltip Content:

    The European Commission generates almost all of the legislation that is applied to imports to ensure smooth functioning of the internal market and as part of their commitment to make Europe's citizens healthier and safer. They have their own website Europa  where they publish legislation. New legislation is published daily in the Official Journal.

    URL Link: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/advanced-search-form.html?qid=1438090557609&action=update

  • Link and Tooltip Title: FAO Fisheries Global Information System (Identification of fish etc.)

    Tooltip ID: TT0019

    Tooltip Content:

    The Food and Agriculture Office (FAO) are an UN organisation. The fisheries and aquaculture department amongst other things focuses on initiatives to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

    URL Link: http://www.fao.org/fi/figis/index.jsp

  • Link and Tooltip Title: Food Standards Agency - Imported Food Information

    Tooltip ID: TT0034

    Tooltip Content:

    The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) lead on policy affecting imports of fish and other food safety and standards controls. The Imported Food Branch provide a helpline for general enquiries about food imports who can be contacted by email imported.food@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk.

    URL Link: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/imports-exports

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