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calculating the charges

Port Health inspection charges are calculated annually on a cost recovery basis.  

This means that the charges represent the cost of overheads plus third party costs, including staff office space and other equipment plus the cost of any materials needed. 

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. 

The published POAO charges have been calculated in accordance with EU charging requirements and will only apply until the 31st October 2019 when the UK leaves the EU.

Once we have a clear picture of how leaving the EU affects how we calculate our charges we will review our other charges and the POAO charges from the 31st October 2019 onwards.

PRODUCTS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN

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.

The charges are calculated annually based on the exchange rate between sterling and the ECU.

From 1 January 2019 – 31 October 2019 the charges are:-

All imported products

Charge

Consignments up to 6 tonnes are subject to a minimum charge of

£51.25

Additional tonnage between 7 – 46 tonnes @

£8.50 per tonne

For consignments over 46 tonnes the maximum charge is

£389.75

For products which transit through the community

Charge

Minimum fee of

£28.00

Increasing by, per quarter of an hour for every member of staff involved in the controls

£14.00

All products of Animal Origin from New Zealand

Charge

Consignments up to 6 tonnes are subject to a minimum charge of

£39.75

Additional tonnage between 7 – 46 tonnes @

£6.50 per tonne

For consignments over 46 tonnes the maximum charge is

£302.50

Other Administration charges for CVED’s 

For photocopying documents £1.00 per copy made by SCPHA staff.

Additional charges for statutory sampling will be made as required.

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 and a large number of incremental samples are required by the legislation. These samples take longer, so the charge is higher.

Non-compliant consignment

£118.75

 

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 transportation

£73.50

Analysis

£161.00

Total

£234.50

Non-compliant consignment

£118.75

GUAR GUM FROM INDIA

Activity

Charge

Document Check (CED Document check fee)

£54.00

Sampling (exc. analysis)

£73.50

Analytical Cost*

£244.01

Total Sampling and Analysis

£317.51

 

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


Non-compliant consignment

£118.75

 

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.

Number of Analytical Certificates

Charge

1-5

£46.25

6-10

£61.75

11-20

£85.00

21+

£108.50

Identity, physical checks 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 – £118.75

 

Examples

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.

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 it pairs with a CVED), it 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:

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-compliant consignment

£118.75

ORGANIC CERTIFICATE VERIFICATION

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

£118.75

 

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)

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.

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 other charges to produce your container for examination and for storing goods. Click here for a list of Port of Felixstowe charges.